Group picture, February 2022


Remco Stam

Remco has done his Bsc and MSc in Wageningen (The Netherlands), during this time he has done a project with the Plant Breeding group and he also worked for the DuRPH project, aimed at breeding Durable Resistance against PHytophthora. He has done his MSc thesis at the Plant Chemetics lab, which at that time was located at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Science in Cologne (Germany), and is now based at Oxford University and has worked for about one year in the Kamoun Lab, at the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, studying the evolution of Phytophthora species on different hosts.

He has done his PhD and a short postdoc in the Lab of Edgar Huitema at the University of Dundee (UK). Here he studied the evolution and mode of action of a specific effector gene family, called Crinklers in Phytophthora, and has analysed gene expression data, to find out which genes are switched on (or off) during the different stages of infection.

He visited the Lab of Professor Aurelien Tellier (Population Genetics, TU Munich) as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in 2015 and 2016 to learn more about the theoretical aspects of Population Genetics. Here he developed the Solanum chilense pathosystem that is in use in the group.

Currently, he is leading his own research group at the Chair of Phytopathology (Prof. Ralph Hückelhoven) at the TU Munich.

April 1st 2022 he will be come professor and head of the institute for Phytopathology at the Christian Albrechts University of Kiel



Edeline Gagnon

Edeline obtained her PhD at the University of Montreal, in Canada, studying plant systematics and evolutionary ecology in Legumes, co-supervised by Dr. Anne Bruneau, Dr. Gwilym P. Lewis and Dr. Colin E. Hughes). Her PhD led her to describe 5 new plant genera and explored phylogenomic biome conservatism in the Caesalpinia Group, a pantropical group of plants with an affinity for seasonally dry forests and deserts. After a year as non-tenure professor at the University of Moncton, she moved onto a 3 year postdoc at the Royal Botanical Garden of Edinburgh/University of Edinburgh, focusing on the phylogenomics of the mega-diverse genus Solanum (1240 spp.), and studying quantitative niche evolution associated of different types of underground growth forms across the genus. Capitalizing on her expertise of natural history collections and experience in phylogenomics, she is currently collaborating with us to determine whether herbarium specimens can be used to study the diversity and evolution of resistange genes in Solanum chilense, over the past 100 years in Chile and Peru. Her work is funded by a MSCA EuroTechPostdoc2 Fellowship, and she is co-supervised by Dr. Gabriel Renaud from the Technical University of Denmark.

Lina Muñoz Hoyos

Lina comes from Colombia, she received her Barchelor’s degree in Biology from the Pontifical Xavierian University, Bogotá. She was awarded with a scholarship from the Carolina Foundation to pursue her master’s studies in the program of Biotechnology at the University of Cordoba, Spain. During her masters she worked on understanding of the molecular dialogue in the early biotrophic infection phase of Fusarium during interaction with tomato plants at Department of Genetics with Professor Antonio Di Pietro. Currently, she is working on her PhD and she plans to identify and quantify secondary metabolites that can be involved in the early defense-associated responses in tomato wild species Solanum chilense. and demonstrate if there is variability between different populations in relation to their location.


Tamara Schmey

Tamara obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and her Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolution from Goethe University Frankfurt. For her Master thesis, she investigated the suitability of Oxford Nanopore sequencing to obtain whole genomes from the green algal symbionts of lichens in the research group “Molecular Evolutionary Biology” (Prof. Dr. Imke Schmitt, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre).
She recently joined the group to pursue her PhD, for which she will study the genomes of Alternaria spp. occurring on wild tomato plants (Solanum chilense). She wants to characterize the diversity of these plant pathogens on several levels from genetic differences to population genomics and link the genotypes to the phenotypes. By investigating how the pathogens adapt to host plants from a climatic range, she hopes to elucidate more about the molecular basis of adaptation.
To relax, she does yoga, cooks and goes for walks in the forest.


Tamara Susanto

Tamara comes from Jakarta, Indonesia. For her bachelor’s she studied Molecular Biotechnology at the Technical University of Munich and is continuing her master’s studies in the same field. She completed her bachelor’s thesis in our group. In her thesis she focused on unraveling the spread of fungicide resistant and fungicide sensitive Alternaria solani strains originating from Germany and the Netherlands. Using genomic comparisons she investigated whether fungicide resistance in Alternaria solani spread throughout Germany or arose independently. Currently, she is working as a student assistant. She maintains computational infrastructure as the server admin and supports the group with writing bioinformatic scripts.



Other members

Anik Dutta – Postdoc

Severin Einspanier – PhD student

Alexander Fastner – HiWi

Chris Tominello-Ramirez – PhD student

Nikhil Singh – Postdoc



Former Members

Florian Bößl (Bsc thesis, 2017)
Tim Braun (Bsc thesis, 2018)
Lisa Marie Keitel (MSc thesis, 2017)
Judit Liebl (Bsc thesis, 2018)
Gesche Zander (Bsc thesis, 2018)
Surya Hebrom (MSc internship, 2019)
Ethan Weiner (DAAD-RISE exchange student, 2019)
Lukas Deuring (BSc thesis, 2019)
Mindih Shallet Seta (MSc thesis, 2019)
Michael Muser (MSc thesis, 2019)
Corinn Small (PhD candidate, 2019)
Nikolai Köhler (MSc internship, 2019)
Andrea Förner (MSc thesis, 2020)
Maximilian Lutz, (BSc thesis 2020)
Louisa Brumma, (BSc internship 2021)
Faten Mansouri (Internship 2021)
Severin Einspanier, (MSc internship 2021)
Melissa Verin (Postdoc 2021)
Bhawna Bonthala (Postdoc 2021)
Hannah Kucking (MSc internship 2021)
Leo Kaindl (BSc Thesis & HiWi 2020 – 2021)
Parvinderdeep S. Kahlon (PhD 2017-2021)
Oxana Bauer (BSc Thesis 2021)

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