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. During his PhD, he has also been a visiting researcher at CIAT in Cali (Colombia) in the group of César Cardona. After obtaining his PhD degree, 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-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology 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 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 over 35 master students, 30 PhD students and 20 postdoctoral researchers. He has authored 115 peer reviewed ‘A1’ publications, which have been cited over 5,500 times. He is co-inventor of 13 patent applications. Since 2015 he has been included in the prestigious Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers.