One of our main interests is the development of methods to analyze functional genomics data and integrate them in models that reflect the regulatory wiring and modularity of biological systems, and ultimately predict their behavior. We are also developing user-friendly computational tools to assist wet-lab researchers in the interpretation of large-scale datasets and biological networks.

Steven Maere

Group Leader
VIB Group leader since October 2009
Visiting Postdoc.: Univ. California, Berkeley, USA, 2008-2009
PhD: VIB-Ghent Univ., Ghent, Belgium, 2006

Research areas

Plant biology Computational biology

Model organisms

Research Focus

With the availability of fully sequenced genomes and the development of high-throughput functional genomics technologies, we now have the tools to look at the molecular biology of an organism from a systemic viewpoint. Systems biology is a dynamic and highly interdisciplinary field, requiring input from biology as well as engineering, physics and mathematics. One of our main interests is the development of methods to analyze functional genomics data and integrate them in models that reflect the regulatory wiring and modularity of biological systems, and ultimately predict their behavior. We are also developing user-friendly computational tools to assist wet-lab researchers in the interpretation of large-scale datasets and biological networks.
 

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Maere Lab news

geen vertaling beschikbaar The secret of classic Belgian beers? Medieval super yeasts!

21/10/2019

An international team of scientists, led by Prof. Kevin Verstrepen (VIB-KU-Leuven) and Prof. Steven Maere (VIB-UGent), has discovered that some of the most renowned classic Belgian beers, including Gueuze and Trappist ales, are fermented with a rare and unusual form of hybrid yeasts. These yeasts combine DNA of the traditional ale yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, with that of more stress-resistant feral yeasts such as Saccharomyces kudriavzevii.

Biergisten zijn als honden, wijngisten als katten

28/09/2020

Bier en wijn zijn zo oud als de beschaving zelf. Onderzoekers van VIB, KU Leuven en UGent tonen aan dat brouwers en wijnmakers al gisten domesticeerden lang vóór de ontdekking van micro-organismen in de 17de eeuw. Hiervoor analyseerden ze samen met een Amerikaans onderzoeksteam de genetische samenstelling en de eigenschappen van meer dan 150 gisten in bier, wijn en brood. Hun resultaten tonen aan de honderden vandaag beschikbare bier- en wijngisten te danken zijn aan de selectie door brouwers en wijnmakers. De oude ambachtslieden selecteerden en teelden onbewust gistvarianten die specifieke suikers kunnen omzetten, aangepast zijn aan hun bewaaromstandigheden en gewenste smaken opleveren. Een boeiende vondst is dat biergisten duidelijk meer tekenen van domesticatie vertonen dan wijngisten. Dit komt waarschijnlijk omdat bierbrouwers hun gisten zorgvuldig afstemden op de vereisten van het bier, terwijl wijngisten ongeremd in en uit de wijnmakerij konden rondscharrelen. De resultaten worden gepubliceerd in het vaktijdschrift Cell.

Publications

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Jobs

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

Team

The Steven Maere Lab can only thrive thanks to the dedication and commitment of its people, no matter what their function or seniority.

Events

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