Dr. Van Cong Doan

Technischer Mitarbeiter

Research focus


Since my early research, I am interested in the impact of global climate change on plant-insect-natural enemy interactions. I use plant chemical, plant traits, ecological phenomenon, biological response of the plant, insect, natural enemies to unravel the mechanisms of climate change on the tri-trophic interactions. I also learn to master several techniques, including plant and insect behavioral and performance experiments, sugar and starch analyses, protein analyses, amino acid measurements, targeted and untargeted metabolomics (HPLC-qDA-MS and qTOF-MS), volatile analyses (GC-MS) and q-RT-PCRs.

Currently, I am working as the technical assistance in the project “Chemical and morphological traits as mediators of biotic interactions along plant diversity gradients” in the “Jena Experiment”. The project is collaborated by Professor Alexandra Weigelt, Leonardo Bassi (University of Leipzig), and Professor Nicole van Dam (MIE). I support with the experiments, sampling in the Jena experiment, using the analytical platforms at the iDiv and the University of Leipzig to analyze plant primary and secondary metabolite in grass plant species.



Chemical ecology, plant-insect-natural enemies interactions, climate change, plant metabolomics, biocontrol agent, plant-plant interaction, belowground and aboveground.

Short CV


11/2020 - now        

Technical assistance (full time) at Molecular Interaction Ecology group of Professor Nicole van Dam, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig (affiliated the Friedrich Schiller University Jena), and Special Botany and Functional Biodiversity group of Professor Alexandra Weigelt, University of Leipzig, Germany.

9/2017 - 10/2020            

Ph.D. in Chemical Ecology and Climate Sciences, Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR), Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS), u Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR), University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.

Supervisor: Prof. Matthias Erb, Dr. Christelle A. M. Robert.

Title of PhD. thesis “The interactive effect of elevated temperature, drought and elevated CO2 on tritrophic interaction in maize”.

Latin honors: insigni cum laude

9/2015 - 7/2017              

MSc. in Plant Protection, Georgikon Faculty, University of Pannonia, Hungary.

Supervisor: Prof. Anda Angela.

Title of Msc. thesis: "Modelling the local impact of global warming in maize (Zea mays L.)".

Grades: 4.94/5.0 (first honor)

7/2015 - 9/2015              

Trainee, research and product development, Tan Thanh Trading Co., LTD.

7/2014 - 7/2015              

Research assistant, Department of Crop Science, College of Agricultural, university of Cantho.


Bachelor in Crop Science, University of Cantho, Vietnam ((Ranked top 5 among Vietnamese Universities_ (UniRank ™ 2019)).

Supervisor: Prof. Tran Thi Ba.

Title of Bsc. thesis: "The contribution of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) root stocks to Fusarium oxysporum resistance".

Rank: 1st, Grade : 3.83/4.

Selected publications


van Doan, Cong; Züst, Tobias; Maurer, Corina; Zhang, Xi; Machado, Ricardo A.R.; Mateo, Pierre; Ye, Meng; Schimmel, Bernardus C.J.; Glauser, Gaetan; Robert , Christelle A.M.,  (2020).Volatile‐mediated defence regulation occurs in maize leaves but not in maize root. Plant Cell Environ. 2020; 1 10. https://doi.org/10.1111/pce.13919.

Zhang, Xi; van Doan, Cong; Arce, Carla C. M.; Hu, Lingfei; Gruenig, Sandra; Parisod, Christian; Hibbard, Bruce E.; Hervé, Maxime R.; Nielson, Chad; Robert, Christelle A. M.; Machado, Ricardo A. R.; Erb, Matthias, (2019). Plant defense resistance in natural enemies of a specialist insect herbivore. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America - PNAS, 116(46), pp. 23174-23181. National Academy of Sciences NAS 10.1073/pnas.1912599116

Zhang, Xi; Machado, Ricardo AR; van Doan, Cong; Arce, Carla CM; Hu, Lingfei, Robert , Christelle A.M., (2019). Entomopathogenic nematodes increase predation success by inducing specific cadaver volatiles that attract healthy herbivores. eLife 2019;8:e46668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.46668

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