I obtained my BSc. and MSc. at Utrecht University with a focus on plant abiotic stress and transcriptional regulation. During my PhD in the lab of Jane Parker (Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding; Cologne; Germany) I studied plant immune signaling using structure-guided protein analysis, and efficient molecular genetic/biochemistry tools, such as CRISPR and mass spectrometry. Here at Wageningen University, I am part of the VICI team where we aim to identify new salt sensing and signaling pathways in the root and shoot of Arabidopsis. Using transcriptomic approaches, we will build salt gene regulatory networks and see how perturbations in these networks affect plant development. Furthermore, using natural variation we will investigate shoot-related traits that are affected during salt stress in wild Arabidopsis accessions.