Morgane PhD

PhD Student


Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands



I am a PhD researcher focusing on multi-species comparisons in order to unravel epigenetic patterns in plants with different reproductive modes (sexual vs apomictic vs clonals).
I am also very lucky to be part of the epiDiverse H2020 ITN.


Born in Belgium, raised in South Africa, I've always had a passion for understanding how living beings interact. I did my Master's degree at the University of Namur and graduated in Ecological and Evolutionary Biology. During my master thesis I was lucky to work with the very interesting fish species the Mangrove rivulus Kryptolebia marmoratus, which has the unique property of being the only known selfing vertebrate. Through studying this species I was introduced to the world of epigenetics, and more specifically DNA methylation. I knew that I wanted to know more about this emerging field and so applied for a PhD position here at NIOO-KNAW under Koen Verhoeven's supervision. Here I am tasked with understanding how DNA methylation patterns vary between different plants species and if these patterns are stably inherited across generations. More importantly I am trying to figure out if the reproduction mode of plants may play a role in the stability of the methylome.




Belangrijkste publicaties


epiGBS2: an improved protocol and automated snakemake workflow for highly multiplexed reduced representation bisulfite sequencin

Fleur Gawehns, Maarten Postuma, Morgane Van Antro, Christa Mateman, Slavica Milanovic-Ivanovic, Philippine Vergeer, Koen Verhoev

Projecten & samenwerkingen


  • Environmental and transgenerational dynamics of DNA methylation in plants with different life histories

    Project 2018–2022
    This project is a component of the EpiDiverse MSCA-ITN European training network. DNA methylation variants can arise spontaneously, they can be under genetic control or they can be induced by environments. In plants, some DNA methylation variants are stable across many generations whereas other variants are very transient. A good understanding of the transgenerational dynamics of DNA methylation variants is essential to understand their impact on heritable traits and their effect on adaptation.

Additionele Projecten



EpiDiverse is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network aimed at the study of epigenetic variation in wild plant species. The network joins research groups from ecology, molecular (epi)genetics and bioinformatics to explore the genomic basis, molecular mechanisms and ecological significance of epigenetic variation in natural plant populations. This project received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 program under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 764965