Olivier ChristiaensPostdoctoral Researcher at UGent University
Graduated as a bioscience engineer, Olivier Christiaens obtained his PhD degree in applied biological sciences at Ghent University in 2013, investigating nuclear receptors in insects. He then started a research project as a doctor-assistant at the Department of Crop Protection (Ghent University) researching RNAi efficiency in insects. Two years later, Olivier successfully applied for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). His project entails the development of RNAi delivery methods and formulations to increase oral RNAi efficiency in pest insects. Recently, he has also been involved in the iPLANTA RNAi biosafety working group and led a consortium conducting a review project on RNAi biosafety for the EFSA GMO Panel. In 2018, he received an extension of his postdoctoral fellowship, with a project on RNAi biosafety.