Esther van der Knaap Professor; Emphasis: Tomatoes, plant development, genetics & genomics Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Portrait of Esther van der Knaap
Contact Information 706-542-4682
Mailing Address Athens, CAES Campus 111 Riverbend Road, CAGT Room 124, Athens, GA 30602

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Portrait of Esther van der Knaap

Dr. van der Knaap is a plant geneticist and molecular biologist. In September 2015, she moved her program to Horticulture and the Center of Applied Genetic Technologies at the University of Georgia, Athens. Her research is focused on the regulation of fruit shape and size of tomato and other Solanaceous crops. 


  • 93% Research
  • 7% Teaching                                         


  • Ph.D. Genetics, Michigan State University, 1998
  • B.S./M.S. Plant Pathology, Wageningen University, 1990