Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

Head of Plant-Parasitic Interactions Group

Research group: Plant-parasitic interactions

Sebastian Eves-van den Akker


Sebastian received his Ph. D. in plant pathology from the University of Leeds and the James Hutton Institute in 2014. Sebastian was then awarded an Anniversary Future Leaders Fellowship from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to pursue independent research at the University of Dundee and the John Innes Centre (2015-2018). In 2018, he was awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship and established the Plant-Parasite Interactions group at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.



The SUbventral-Gland master Regulator (SUGR) of nematode virulence

Date: 12 February 2024

Contributors: Clement Pellegrin, Anika Damm, Alexis L. Sperling, Beth Molloy, Dio S. Shin, Jonathan Long, Paul Brett, Andrea Díaz-Tendero Bravo, Sarah Jane Lynch, Beatrice Senatori, Paulo Vieira, Joffrey Mejias, Anil Kumar, Rick E. Masonbrink, Tom R. Maier, Thomas J. Baum, Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

Journal: Biorxiv


The origin, deployment, and evolution of a plant-parasitic nematode effectorome

Date: 5 January 2024

Contributors: Beth Molloy, Dio S. Shin, Jonathan Long, Clement Pellegrin, Beatrice Senatori, Paulo Vieira, Peter Thorpe, Anika Damm, Mariam Ahmad, Kerry Vermeulen, Lida Derevnina, Siyuan Wei, Alexis Sperling, Estefany Reyes Estévez, Samuel Bruty, Victor Hugo Moura de Souza, Olaf Prosper Kranse, Tom Maier, Thomas Baum, Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

Journal: Biorxiv


A low-cost and open-source solution to automate imaging and analysis of cyst nematode infection assays for Arabidopsis thaliana

Date: 12 December 2022

Contributors: Olaf Prosper Kranse, Itsuhiro Ko, Roberta Healey, Unnati Sonawala, Siyuan Wei, Beatrice Senatori, Francesco De Batté, Ji Zhou & Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

Journal: Plant methods


The genome and lifestage-specific transcriptomes of a plant-parasitic nematode and its host reveal susceptibility genes involved in trans-kingdom synthesis of vitamin B5

Date: 19 October 2022

Contributors: Shahid Siddique, Zoran S. Radakovic, Clarissa Hiltl, Clement Pellegrin, Thomas J. Baum, Helen Beasley, Andrew F. Bent, Oliver Chitambo, Divykriti Chopra, Etienne G. J. Danchin, Eric Grenier, Samer S. Habash, M. Shamim Hasan, Johannes Helder, Tarek Hewezi, Julia Holbein, Martijn Holterman, Sławomir Janakowski, Georgios D. Koutsovoulos, Olaf P. Kranse, Jose L. Lozano-Torres, Tom R. Maier, Rick E. Masonbrink, Badou Mendy, Esther Riemer, Mirosław Sobczak, Unnati Sonawala, Mark G. Sterken, Peter Thorpe, Joris J. M. van Steenbrugge, Nageena Zahid, Florian Grundler & Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

Journal: Nature Communications


Plant–nematode interactions

Date: 2 August 2021

Contributors: Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

Journal: Current Opinion in Plant Biology


Recent applications of biotechnological approaches to elucidate the biology of plant-nematode interactions.

Date: 28 April 2021

Contributors: Eves-van den Akker S, Stojilković B, Gheysen G

Journal: Current Opinion in Biotechnology


Toward genetic modification of plant-parasitic nematodes: delivery of macromolecules to adults and expression of exogenous mRNA in second stage juveniles.

Date: 9 February 2021

Contributors: Kranse O, Beasley H, Adams S, Pires-daSilva A, Bell C, Lilley CJ, Urwin PE, Bird D, Miska E, Smant G, Gheysen G, Jones J, Viney M, Abad P, Maier TR, Baum TJ, Siddique S, Williamson V, Akay A, Eves-van den Akker S

Journal: G3 (Bethesda)


How Do Pathogens Evolve Novel Virulence Activities?

Date: 23 January 2021

Contributors: Sacristán S, Goss EM, Eves-van den Akker S

Journal: Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions


A new esophageal gland transcriptome reveals signatures of large scale de novo effector birth in the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus penetrans.

Date: 23 October 2020

Contributors: Vieira P, Shao J, Vijayapalani P, Maier TR, Pellegrin C, Eves-van den Akker S, Baum TJ, Nemchinov LG

Journal: BMC Biology

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