Geert De Jaeger obtained his PhD in 1997 from Ghent University during which he explored technology for targeted gene knock out in plants. During a postdoc at the VIB he developed transgenic tools that strongly boosted recombinant protein production in seeds. This resulted in a group leader position at the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology in 2002. De Jaeger’s technology driven research team obtained high visibility in the plant research field with their state of the art AP-MS platform that maps protein interaction networks in plants. His main research interest is the molecular regulation of plant growth at both the cellular and organ level in arabidopsis and corn to discover new strategies for the engineering of crop yield with the aim to contribute towards a more sustainable agriculture.