Kevin Vanneste

(Group member from 2009 until 2015)

+ 32 (0) 9 33 13 758

VIB / Ghent University
Bioinformatics & Systems Biology
Technologiepark 927
B-9052 Gent


2014: PhD in Bioinformatics, VIB, Ghent University, Belgium
2009: MSc in Biology, Ghent University, Belgium


Originally a traditional biologist, I always had a strong interest in evolution. Whether considering developmental biology, genetics, anatomy, ecology, or any other of the hundreds of topics within biology, it was always the link with evolution that fascinated and inspired me most. Presently active in the field of bioinformatics, I view computational biology as a tool to explore the concepts of (molecular) evolution. My research focuses on gene and genome duplications. It has become clear that both gene and genome duplication provide the raw genetic material that evolution can tinker with, but our understanding of the underlying processes remains fairly limited. My main interests are the exact molecular processes and evolutionary routes that lead to increased species diversity and complexity after duplication. In particular, my current research focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of being a polyploid species that underwent a whole genome duplication, and under which conditions the former outweigh the latter.


(14) * Ruprecht, C., * Lohaus, R., Vanneste, K., Mutwil, M., Nikoloski, Z., * Van de Peer, Y., * Persson, S. (2017) Revisiting ancestral polyploidy in plants. Science Advances 3(7):e1603195. *contributed equally

(13) Olsen, J.L., Rouzé, P., Verhelst, B., Lin, Y.-C., Bayer, T., Collen, J., Dattolo, E., De Paoli, E., Dittami, S., Maumus, F., Michel, G., Kersting, A.R., Lauritano, C., Lohaus, R., T?pel, M., Tonon, T., Vanneste, K., Amirebrahimi, M., Brakel, J., Bostr?m, C., Chovatia, M., Grimwood, J., Jenkins, B., J?terbock, A., Mraz, A., Stam, W.T., Tice, H., Bornberg-Bauer, E., Green, P.J., Pearson, G.A., Procaccini, G., Duarte, C.M., Schmutz, J., Reusch, T.B.H., Van de Peer, Y. (2016) The genome of the seagrass Zostera marina reveals angiosperm adaptation to the sea. Nature 530(7590):331-5.

(12) Vanneste, K., Sterck, L., Myburg, A.A., * Van de Peer, Y., * Mizrachi, E. (2015) Horsetails are ancient polyploids: Evidence from Equisetum giganteum. The Plant Cell 27(6):1567-78. *contributed equally

(11) Cai, H., Liu, X., Vanneste, K., Proost, S., Tsai, C., Liu, K.-W., Chen, L.-J., He, Y., Xu, SX., Bian, C., Zheng, Z., Sun, F., Liu, W., , ., Pan, Z.-Y., Hsu, C.-C., Yang, Y.-P., Hsu, Y.-C., Chuang, Y.-C., Dievart, A., Dufayard, J.-F., Xu, SX., Wang, X., Wang, X., Xiao, X.-J., Zhao, X.-M., Du, Y., Zhang, G.-Q., Wang, X., Su, Y.-Y., Xie, G.-C., Liu, G.-H., Li, L.-Q., Huang, L.-Q., Luo, Y., Chen, H.-H., Van de Peer, Y., Liu, Z.-J. (2014) The genome sequence of the orchid Phalaenopsis equestris. Nat. Genet. 47(1):65–72.

(10) Vanneste, K., Maere, S., Van de Peer, Y. (2014) Tangled up in two: A burst of genome duplications at the end of the Cretaceous and the consequences for plant evolution. Philosophical Transactions B 369(1648):20130353.

(9) Myburg, A.A., Grattapaglia, D., Tuskan, G., Hellsten, U., Hayes, R.D., Grimwood, J., Jenkins, B., Lindquist, E., Tice, H., Bauer, D., Goodstein, D., Dubchak, I., Poliakov, A., Mizrachi, E., Kullan, A.R.K., van Jaarsveld, I., Hussey, S.G., Pinard, D., van der Merwe, K., Singh, N., Silva-Junior, O.B., Togawa, R.C., Pappas, M.R., Faria, D.A., Sansaloni, C.P., Petrol, C.D., Yang, X., Ranjan, P., Tschaplinski, T.J., Ye, Z., Li, T., Sterck, L., Vanneste, K., Murat, C., Soler, M., San Clemente, H., Saidi, N., Cassan-Wang, H., Dunand, C., Hefer, C.A., Bornberg-Bauer, E., Kersting, A.R., Vining, K., Amarasinghe, V., Ranik, M., Naithani, S., Elser, J., Boyd, A.E., Liston, A., Spatafora, J.W., Dharmwardhana, P., Raja, R., Sullivan, C., Romanel, E., Alves-Ferreira, M., Külheim, C., Foley, W., Carocha, V., Paiva, J., Kudrna, D., Brommonschenkel, S.H., Pasquali, G., Byrne, K., Rigault, P., Tibbits, J., Spokevicius, A., Jones, R.C., Steane, D.A., Vaillancourt, R.E., Potts, B.M., Joubert, Y., Barry, K., Pappas Jr., G.J., Strauss, S.H., Jaiswal, P., Grima-Pettenati, J., Salse, J., Van de Peer, Y., Rokhsar, D., Schmutz, J. (2014) The genome sequence of Eucalyptus grandis. Nature 510(7505):356–362.

(8) Vanneste, K., Baele, G., Maere, S., Van de Peer, Y. (2014) Analysis of 41 plant genomes supports a wave of successful genome duplications at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. Genome Res. 24(8):1334-1347 .

(7) Gadeyne, A., Sanchez-Rodriguez, A., Vanneste, S., Di Rubbo, S., Zauber, H., Vanneste, K., Van Leene, J., De Winne, N., Eeckhout, D., Persiau, G., Van De Slijke, E., Vercruysse, L., Adamowski, M., Ehrlich, M., Schweighofer, A., Bednarek, S., Ketelaar, T., Maere, S., Friml, J., Gevaert, O., Witters, E., Russinova, E., Persson, S., De Jaeger, G., Van Damme, D. (2014) The TPLATE adaptor complex drives clathrin-mediated endocytosis in plants. Cell 156(4):691-704.

(6) Nystedt, B., Street, N. R., Zuccolo, A., Lin, Y.-C., Wetterbom, A., Vezzi, A., Scofield, D. G., Delhomme, N., Alexeyenko, A., Giacomello, S., Vicedomini, R., Sahlin, K., Sherwood, E., Elfstand, M., Gramzow, L., Holmberg, K., Hällman, J., Keech, O., Klasson, L., Koriabine, M., Kucukoglu, M., Käller, M., Luthman, J., Lysholm, F., Olson, A., Niittylä, T., Ritland, K., Rilakovic, N., Rosselló, J. A., Sena, J., Svensson, T., Talavera-López, C., Theißen, G., Vanneste, K., Tuominen, H., Zhang, J., Wu, Z., Zerbe, P., Bhalerao, R.P., Bohlmann, J., Arvestad, L., Bousquet, J., Garcia Gil, R., de Jong, P.J., Hvidsten, T. R., MacKay, J., Ritland, K., Morgante, M., Sundberg, B., Van de Peer, Y., Lee Thompson, S., Nilsson, O., Andersson, B., Lundeberg, J., Jansson, S. (2013) The Norway spruce genome sequence and conifer genome evolution. Nature 497(7451):579-84.

(5) De Wilde, K., De Buck, S., Vanneste, K., Depicker, A. (2013) Recombinant antibody production in Arabidopsis seeds triggers an unfolded protein response. Plant Physiol. 161(2):1021-33.

(4) Vanneste, K., Van de Peer, Y., Maere, S. (2013) Inference of genome duplications from age distributions revisited. Mol. Biol. Evol. 30(1):177-90.

(3) * Vandesteene, L., * Lopez-Galvis, L., Vanneste, K., Maere, S., Lammens, T., Rolland, F., Lunn, J., Avonce, N., Beeckman, T., Van Dijck, P. (2012) Expansive evolution of the Trehalose-6-phosphatase gene family in Arababidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiol. 160(2):884-96. *contributed equally

(2) * Vekemans, D., * Proost, S., Vanneste, K., Coenen, H., Viaene, T., Ruelens, P., Maere, S., Van de Peer, Y., Geuten, K. (2012) Gamma paleohexaploidy in the stem-lineage of core eudicots: significance for MADS-box gene and species diversification. Mol. Biol. Evol. 29(12):3793-806. *contributed equally

(1) * Voordeckers, K., * Brown, M.T., Vanneste, K., van der Zande, E., Voet, A., Maere, S., Verstrepen, K.J. (2012) Reconstruction of ances metabolic enzymes reveals molecular mechanisms underlying evolutionary innovation through gene duplication. PLoS Biology 10, e1001446 . *contributed equally

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