Research conducted by the Laboratory of Nematology is part of the research program of the Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS) and the C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology & Resource Conservation (PE&RC).
My PhD project consists of investigating how DNA methylation dynamics differ between species with different life-history traits. In particular I will focus on a more multi-species comparison to evaluate general epigenetic patterns. An on going experiment is being conducted in order to determine how trans-generational dynamics of DNA methylation differ between species with different reproduction modes (Clonal vs Apomictic vs Sexual reproducing plants). This comparison will be primarily done using a RRBS technique recently developed by Dr. Verhoeven's lab, epiGBS.