Bob is a visiting PhD candidate who comes from Flanders, Belgium. In 2011, he got his B.S. in Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University and he completed his Master’s degree in 2013. He continued his research in Professor Marjan De Mey’s lab at Ghent University with a fellowship from the FWO Research Foundation. During this time, he has had the opportunity to work at ETH Zürich in Switzerland and now at MIT. He came to America in 2017 for the final year of his doctorate work at the Stephanopoulos lab. In his free time, Bob enjoys tinkering with electronics and volunteering for the Red Cross as first-aid worker. Also, he can often be found in throws of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign as a halfling ranger.
E. coli is Bob’s bug of choice, and they first got to know each other in 2012 when he started a Master’s thesis project on the development of genetic insulator parts for stable gene expression. He continued his synthetic biology work in graduate school, researching genetic circuits and developing a new DNA assembly technique along the way. At MIT, he’s currently participating in a metabolic engineering project, which aims to make E. coli grow on alternative carbon sources.
Email: bvh (at) mit (dot) edu
Van Hove, B., Guidi, C., De Wannemaeker, L., Maertens, J., & De Mey, M. (2017). Recursive DNA Assembly Using Protected Oligonucleotide Duplex Assisted Cloning (PODAC). ACS Synthetic Biology.
Van Hove, B., Love, A. M., Ajikumar, P. K., & De Mey, M. (2016). Programming biology: expanding the toolset for the engineering of transcription. In A. Glieder, C. P. Kubicek, D. Mattanovich, B. Wiltschi, & M. Sauer (Eds.), Synthetic biology (pp. 1–64). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Pitzer, J., Van Hove, B., Love, A. M., Ajikumar, P. K., De Mey, M., & Glieder, A. (2016). Novel DNA and RNA elements. In A. Glieder, C. P. Kubicek, D. Mattanovich, B. Wiltschi, & M. Sauer (Eds.), Synthetic biology (pp. 65–99). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.