I am an Assistant Professor between the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Université catholique de Louvain since Sept 2016. More about my (new) group here.
The aim of my research is (i) to understand how various signals that carry information are interacting and being conveyed and integrated at the plant level and (ii) to amplify discrete physiological knowledge into functional plant processes. All of that using Functional Structural Plant Models.
I develop image analysis and phenotyping tools to help researchers in their scientific workflow. And when I am not implementing image analysis tools, I often play with plant models.
Plants are fascinating. They form complex and plastic networks (both above- and below- ground), ever integrating and adapting to endogenous and exogenous clues. Manipulation of these networks brings the promise to unlock plant productivity in limiting environments. My primary research interests lie in the understanding of these interconnected, multi-scale regulations pathways in crop plants.
The incredible complexity of plants calls for integrative research strategies such as developing powerful modelling tools. My belief is that combining computational tools with the latest biological knowledge will open exciting horizons for plant research.