Dr. Ingrid van der Meer obtained her Ph.D. in Regulation of Plant Gene Expression at the Free University in Amsterdam and has subsequently gained over 25 years of research experience, including 18 years of project/group management experience. She has guided research projects on genetic regulation and modification of plant primary and secondary pathways such as phenylpropanoid-, fructan-, amino acid- and organic acid biosynthesis, and has over 980 publications. Dr. van der Meer is currently heading the Bioscience department at Wageningen University & Research (WUR). Her department is focused on gaining a better understanding of plant genetic, metabolic, and physiological processes. Her work is especially focused on the biosynthesis of plant metabolites and proteins for food and nutrition with extensive use of state-of-the-art tools in the fields of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics.
She is an inventor of eight independent patents and patent applications. Besides her work in the CHIC project, she coordinates the EU-funded project, DRIVE4EU, which focuses on inulin and rubber biosynthesis in Russian dandelion. She has also been the project leader of several research projects with a focus on the biosynthesis, regulation, and analysis of biobased compounds from plants.
Dr. van der Meer, including the team at WR, use her knowledge and expertise from the EU-FAIR project on chicory and inulin synthesis and subsequent inulin research projects, including from the current DRIVE4EU project on inulin biosynthesis genes and regulation in chicory. Furthermore, she has also been involved for over 20 years in terpene biosynthesis modification and analysis. WR continues to contribute to the testing of the new RGENs in Work Package 1 (which is called Development of Four Conceptually Different NPBTs), due to their experience in chicory propagation, protoplast regeneration, and transformation. WR has extensive expertise and state-of-the-art facilities for plant component analysis (sugar analysis, metabolomics and proteomics) and DNA sequencing, supported by a large bioinformatics group.
She is the Work Package 2 coordinator for the CHIC project and actively contributes to Work Package 6 (Stakeholder Engagement) and to Work Package 7 (Exploitation, Dissemination and Communication).
Work Package Leader
Dr. Ingrid M. van der Meer, WP2 Coordinator
Implementation of NPBT for Dietary Inulin