Prof. Dr. Alain Goossens, Principle investigator at VIB, Full Professor at Ghent University, Gent, Belgium
Alain Goossens (born 1971) obtained his Master in Biology-Plant Biotechnology at Ghent University (1992) and his PhD in Marc Van Montagu’s lab at the Laboratory of Genetics, Ghent University (1998), studying plant seed storage protein synthesis. Subsequently, he performed postdoctoral studies at the IBMCP-UPV in Valencia (Spain) in the lab of Ramón Serrano, working on yeast salt tolerance. He returned to VIB-Ghent University and started his own research group within the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology at Ghent University in 2003, focusing on jasmonate signaling, gene discovery in plant specialized metabolism and metabolic engineering. He is experienced in yeast and plant functional genomics, molecular biology and applied biotechnology. His current research aspires to understand jasmonate signaling in model, crop and medicinal plants and unravel the mechanisms that steer plant growth and metabolism in response to developmental and environmental cues to find novel tools for plant metabolic engineering and synthetic biology.
He has been appointed as a part-time Full Professor at Ghent University in 2015 and is teaching ‘Metabolic Engineering’. He has been mentoring 29 master students, 24 PhD students and 15 postdoctoral researchers. He has authored 88 peer reviewed ‘A1’ publications, which have been cited over 3,400 times (H-index 32). He is co-inventor of 10 patent applications. In 2015 he was included in the prestigious Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers.
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