Romain Garrigues, PhD

Project Manager
  • Doctor of Science
  • International Master in Agro-Biomedical Science
  • Specialised in molecular ecology
  • Specialised in bioinformatics processing

About Romain Garrigues

Passionate about nature, curious and creative, Romain Garrigues studied biology abroad (France, Japan, Taiwan, Belgium) and specialised in plant biology. During his doctoral thesis on the impact of climate on the development of deciduous trees (beech and poplar), he contributed to understanding the effect of environmental factors (temperature and light) on winter dormancy and spring budburst.

With a Master’s degree in Agro-Biomedical Science from the universities of Tsukuba, National Taiwan (Taipei) and Bordeaux, he developed a two-year personal project to understand how to solve societal problems related to health, food and the environment. During his university career, Romain focused on sharing knowledge adapted to different audiences and in different languages.

In 2019, he started his PhD at the University of Antwerp in two research laboratories, allowing him to work on phenological (at PLECO under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Matteo Campioli) and molecular studies (at IMPRES under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Han Asard). This work has enabled us to update our understanding of the environmental factors affecting the development of leaf buds in Fagus sylvatica (European beech) and Populus nigra (black poplar), species that are very common in temperate climate forests (e.g. Belgium, Germany).

At the end of his thesis, Romain joined the E-BIOM team as a project manager in molecular ecology and bioinformatics.