The Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS)


Mariana Silva Artur, Utrecht University – Plant Ecophysiology 

“How do seeds survive drying?” 

Most seeds survive the loss of almost all their water during development. For this survival their cells must be efficiently protected against irreversible drying damages. The aim of this project is to elucidate how the accumulation of protective proteins indispensable to survive drying is controlled during seed development.




Mohammad Alanjary, Wageningen University and Research-Bioinformatics

“A computer-aided drug discovery platform to design and explore modular peptide synthetases”

Re-engineering known natural compounds has been a challenging but worthwhile goal, with applications in medicine, agriculture, and bio-sustainability. This research aims to develop new computational methods to enable re-design of microbial compounds by exploiting recent structural insights into protein function and leveraging vast genomic databases in an automated workflow.