Ph.D. Student
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Mycology started for me as a hobby, collecting and identifying corticioid fungi and Jelly fungi (heterobasidiomycetes) with my grandfather. After obtaining a master degree in Biology at Ghent University (in 2019), I started a project on the evolution of mycoparasitism in Basidiomycota. This trophic strategy has been adopted by several heterobasidiomycetes, including the earliest diverging lineages in Basidiomycota. I have a close collaboration with the lab of prof. Dominik Begerow (Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany), where I gained experience in isolating fungi in axenic culture and molecular methods.