Dr Silke Jacques

Oce Postdoctoral Fellow

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Silke obtained her masters in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at Ghent University in Belgium where she next completed her joint PhD between the Department of Medical Protein Research and the Department of Plant Systems Biology (Faculty of Science), both part of the Flemish Institute of Biotechnology. Here, she mainly adapted gel-free proteomics technologies used in cancer disease models and applied these to plants under oxidative stress. Afterwards, she was appointed as a Junior Professor at the Ghent University Global Campus in Songdo, South-Korea. Here, she was teaching Virology and was responsible for the practical courses of Microbiology for the Bachelors in Bioscience Engineering and was involved in the start-up of a functional research lab, focusing on marine bioactives to stimulate plant growth. Finally, she joined CSIRO as an OCE-postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Plant Pathology and Crop Genomics Laboratory in Perth. This postdoc revolves around plant-pathogen interactions, more specifically between legumes and aphids. She mainly develops reverse genetics methodologies focusing both on the plant and aphid side of the interaction to identify key genes and pathways responsible for aphid resistance.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2014

    PhD in Biochemistry and Biotechnology
    Ghent University, Faculty of Sciences

  • 2010

    Master of Biochemistry and Biotechnology - Majors Plant Biotechnology and Microbiology
    Ghent University, Faculty of Sciences

  • 2008

    Bachelor of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
    Ghent University, Faculty of Science