Laboratory of Vascular Development

Bert De Rybel leads the Vascular Development Group. Vascular tissues provide mechanical support and facilitate the transport of water, nutrients, hormones and other signaling molecules throughout the plant.
Caption banner: Cross section through an Arabidopsis thaliana stem

Bert De Rybel

Group Leader
VIB Group leader and Associate Professor at Ghent University as of January 2017
Project Leader: VIB Center of Plant Systems Biology, Belgium, 2015-2017
Postdoc: Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 2010-2015
PhD: Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, 2009

Research focus

The vascular system of flowering plants develops from a handful of provascular initial cells in the early embryo into a whole range of different cell types in the mature plant.

Early vascular development in Arabidopsis

In order to account for such proliferation and to generate this kind of diversity, vascular tissue development relies on a large number of highly oriented cell divisions. The transcription factor complex formed by TARGET OF MONOPTEROS5 / LONESOME HIGHWAY (TMO5/LHW) is one of the major regulators of vascular proliferation and oriented cell divisions in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana

TMO5LHW function in vascular development


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We are always on the lookout for highly motivated colleagues to join our team. If you are interested, please contact us.


The aim and vision of the Vascular Development Lab is not only to be a highly productive team of excellent scientists, but also a group of friends. 


The team members regularly participate in or organize science communication events aimed at the widest public.