Frederike Stock has been appointed to Project 7, based at the University of Ghent. Her research is supervised by Professor Wim Vyverman. Originally from Weinheim in Germany, Frederike started her research in August 2015 after completing a MSc degree in Plant Biology and Natural Products. Her thesis, entitled ‘Screening Vanilla compounds for antifungal activity on Candida albicans and Trichophyton rubrum‘, allowed Frederike to build on her strong interest in plant biology. Internships at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden and the BASF Crop Protection in Germany provided opportunities to develop her research into fungal pathogens and medicinal vanilla species. Frederike has also worked for Centogene, a company which analyzes DNA samples for mutations in the human genome where she was able to contribute to the creation of a new database. Being the first student to start working on this project, she soon gained responsibility for training new students joining the team.
Frederike’s current research is examining the nature and biological functions of inter-kingdom cross talk via quorum sensing compounds produced by bacteria and diatoms, and to test the use of these compounds as anti-fouling agents in photo-bioreactors.
Frederike can be contacted at:
Department of Biology
University of Ghent
Krijgslaan 281, S8
9000 Ghent, Belgium
Here is a short video introduction of her work as part of the ALFF project: