The Understanding Evolution team currently consists of three principal investigators (PI), four PhD students, Master and Bachelor students. Our expertise covers diverse groups of flowering plants and even fungi. We apply a wide array of study techniques, including scanning electron microscopy, next-generation sequencing, and transcriptomics. We have a solid background in phylogenetic approaches such as Bayesian Inference, molecular clock dating, and diversification analyses. Interesting in joining us as a student or a PhD candidate or postdoc? Contact us.

Group Leader

Vincent Merckx


Frederic Lens

Jorinde Nuytinck

PhD students

Saroj Ruchisansakun

Sofia Gomes

Larissa Chacon Doria

Irene Martorelli

MSc students

Izai Kikuchi
Janna Horjus
Annisa Ratna
Daphne Maaskant
Chao Liang
Karen Li
Ellie Xu

Guest researchers

Steven Janssens

Timo van der Niet

James Byng

Raymond van der Ham