Tom van der Meer obtained in 2014 his Master Degree as a Plant Biotechnologist at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. His thesis focused on the growth characteristics of stromules in response to strigolactones in Arabidopsis thaliana and Nicotiana tabacum. An additional internship was performed at the University of Exeter, UK where he studied the signal transduction pathways of powdery mildew in Barley, under the supervision of Dr. Mike Deeks. In 2015, he joined the lab of Prof. Dr. Van Breusegem to identify novel chemical structures that reduce the effects of oxidative stress in A. thaliana and important staple crops. This project is in close collaboration with the lab of Prof. Dr. Chris Stevens of UGent.