Philippe Reymond, group leader
After completing a PhD in 1989 on IAA and ABA phytohormones in maize at the University of Lausanne, I joined the group of Winslow Briggs at the Carnegie Institution of Washington (Stanford University) where I studied blue light photoperception. In 1992, I returned to the University of Lausanne and joined the group of Ted Farmer to investigate signal transduction in plant defense. In 1997, I spent several months in Stanford to learn the DNA microarray technology and introduced it at the University of Lausanne. I was appointed MER (group leader) in 2002 and started my independent research on plant-insect interactions.
Christelle Bonnet, PhD student ESF
Christelle is doing whole-genome expression profiling of Arabidopsis and Brassica nigra plants that are challenged with different attackers. This project is part of an ESF-funded consortium that studies plant volatile emission in response to multiple biotic and abiotic stresses.
André Schmiesing, PhD student FNS
André graduated from Hannover University in Germany and has done his Master in plant biotechnoogy at the University of California (Berkeley). He works on the characterization of egg-derived elicitors and on plant defense signalling in response to insect oviposition in Arabidopsis.
Olivier Hilfiker, PhD student
Olivier graduated from Lausanne University. He carried-out his Master project in our group on the role of egg-derived elicitors in triggering defenses against microbial pathogens in Arabidopsis. He is currently looking at the mechanisms of egg-induced protection against bacterial infections.
Caroline Darimont, technician FNS
Caroline was involved in the Arabidopsis CATMA project and amplified more than 25'000 GSTs by PCR for realization of a full-genome microarray. She is providing technical support for different research projects. She specifically studies signaling of insect egg perception in Arabidopsis.
Steve Lassueur, technician ESF
Steve was trained as a technician in the DBMV from 2008 to 2011. He is now working on the ESF project, helping Christelle with microarray analyses of Brassica nigra samples.
Merel Steenbergen, master student
Merel is a master student from the group of Saskia Van Wees, University of Utrecht. She is doing her internship in Lausanne and is working on egg-mediated defense suppression in Arabidopsis.