Phytoplasma

How phytoplasmas generate witches' brooms and attract insect vectors

Aphids

Functional genomics of how insects manipulate plants

 

About Saskia

 

I am a project leader in Plant-Biotic Interactions at the John Innes Centre (JIC).

My research focuses on the dissection of molecular mechanisms involved in the establishment of interactions of plants with insect pests and insect-vectored pathogens. My Ph.D. thesis research at Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands, focused on molecular aspects of luteovirus-aphid interactions.

I became an independent Project Leader (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University (OSU), USA, after receiving my Ph.D. degree in 1999. At OSU, I started new research projects on leafhopper and planthopper transmission of phytoplasmas and rhabdoviruses, and obtained tenure as Associate Professor in 2005.

I moved my laboratory to the John Innes Centre, UK, in June 2007.


 

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