Patrick Willems graduated in 2013 as a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from the University of Ghent. He specialized his first year in Bio-Informatics and System Biology and changed his focus in his second year to Plant Biotechnology. He performed his master dissertation in the research group of Vaughan Hurry's lab in Umeå, adressing the topic of cold perception in Arabidopsis. Afterwards he started his PhD in the Oxidative Stress Signaling group, studying the role of plant proteases under oxidative stress. He is working in close collaberation on this subject with Prof. Dr. Kris Gevaert of the Proteomics and Bioinformatics group.