The EvoMPMI group is an junior research group at the the chair of Phytopathology at the Technical University of Munich, led by Dr. Remco Stam.
The group uses population genomics and wet-lab experiments to understand the co-evolution of plants and pathogens in natural and cultural systems. The main research projects are focussed on the wild tomato species Solanum chilense and its pathogens, but the groups has also projects related to other pathosystems.
There are numerous ongoing MSc and BSc projects, involving bioinformatics and lab work or a mix of both. If you are interested in one, get in touch..
We are currently awaiting funding decisions for both PhD and Postdoc positions. Updates will be posted on this website, but if you are interested, do not hesitate to get in touch before. If you are interested in applying for their own funding (Marie Curie, DAAD, Alexander von Humboldt etc. ) for a longer or shorter visit with the group, feel free to get in touch too.
About the Group Leader:
I have done my Bsc and MSc in Wageningen (The Netherlands), during this time I have done a project with the Plant Breeding group and I also worked for the DuRPH project. This project aimed a breeding Durable Resistance against PHytophthora. I have done my MSc thesis at the plant chemetics lab, which at that time was located at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Science in Cologne (Germany), and is now based at Oxford University and I have worked for about one year in the Kamoun Lab, at the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, studying evolution of phytophthora species on different hosts.
I have done my PhD and a short postdoc in the Lab of Edgar Huitema at the University of Dundee (UK). I studied the evolution and mode of action of a specific effector gene family, called Crinklers in Phytophthora, and I have also analysed gene expression data, to find out which genes are switched on (or off) during the different stages of infection.
Before starting at the Chair of Phytopathology, I have visited the Lab of Professor Aurelien Tellier (Population Genetics, TU Munich) as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow.. Here I learned more about the theoretical aspects of Population Genetics and developed the S. chilense pathosystem that I am using in the EvoMPMI group.