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People at iGRAD-Plant

The IRTG 2466 consists of 13 senior and junior faculty members from the Heinrich Heine University and Research Center Jülich, 15 associated faculty members from Michigan State University and will offer 13 DFG-funded PhD projects. More PhD students will be able to be associated with the program.

Fellows IRTG 2466

Dibin Baby - AG Bauer 

Anna Germann - AG Axmann

Sajjad Ghaffarinasabsharabiani - AG Lercher

Allegra Corelli Grappadelli - AG Pauly

Francesco Cosenza - AG Stich

Chen Deng - AG Frommer

Gesa Helmsorig - AG von Korff Schmising

Natascha Heßler - AG Feldbrügge / Göhre

Katarzyna Krawczyk - AG Linka

Tianyu Lan - AG von Korff Schmisin)

Tim Nies - AG Ebenhöh

Lesley Plücker - AG Feldbrügge / Göhre

Vanessa Reichel-Deland - AG Weber

Ana Carolina dos Santos Sá - AG Matsubara

Mara Schultz - AG Eisenhut

Ksenia Trofimov - AG Bauer

Isaia Vardanega  - AG Simon

Fellows IRTG 1525

Kristin Bösch - AG Göhre

Janina von Dahlen  - AG Rose

Summia Gul  - AG Göhre 

Nils Koppers  - AG Weber

Seomun Kwon - AG Feldbrügge

Jenia Schlegel - AG Simon

Nicola Scholten - AG Zeier

2021

Maria Paola Puggioni
Shizue Matsubara – FZ Jülich (Regulation of photoacclimation and carotenoid biosynthesis)
PhD student
Thesis: Dynamic Regulation of Oxygenic Photosynthesis: Study of Long term Acclimation to Photo-oxidative Stress induced by Excess of Light
Current Position: Research Schlar at Michigan State University (Federica Brandizzi)

2020

Marc-Sven Röll
Andreas Weber – Plant Biochemistry
associated PhD student
Thesis: Natural and synthetic metabolism of plant photorespiration
Current Position: 

Daniela Lichtblau
Petra Bauer - Botany
Associated PhD student
Thesis: Targeted screen for novel protein-protein interactions and their role in iron deficiency response regulation
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Researcher at HHU (Botany)

Eva Maleckova
Andreas Weber - Plant Biochemistry
Associated PhD student
Thesis: Regulation of crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) in the facultative CAM species Talinum triangulare
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at HHU (Microbiology)

Rocio Ochoa-Fernandez
Matias Zurbriggen – Synthetic Biology
associated PhD student
Thesis: Development of Optogenetic Tools for Plant Synthetic Biology
Current Position: 

Franziska Kuhnert
Andreas Weber – Plant Biochemistry
associated PhD student
Thesis: The Role of Organellar Transporters in C3/C4-Metabolism
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at HHU (Plant Biochemistry)

Hugo de Morais Dourado Neto
Martin Lercher – Computational Cell Biology
Associated PhD student
Thesis : Quantitative Principles of Optimal Cellular Resource Allocation
Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at HHU (Computational Cell Biology)

Yu Fu
Daniel Schubert – Plant Developmental Epigentics (now at FU Berlin)
Associated PhD student
Thesis: Cell-type specific epi-genomic studies in Arabidopsis thaliana
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences Institute of Plant Protection

Meng-Ying Lin
Andreas Weber – Plant Biochemistry
associated PhD student
Thesis: Studies into the genetic architecture of C3-C4 characteristic in Moricandia
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at HHU (Plant Biochemistry)

Lennart Cahrton
Nicole Linka – Plant Biochemistry
associated PhD student
Thesis: Elucidate the important role of peroxisomal transport proteins for plant growth and development
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at Bayer

Mohammad Tanbir Habib
Laura Rose - Population Genetics
PhD student
Thesis: Evolutionary dynamics of LysM and LRR type symbiotic receptor-like kinases and species-specificity in root-nodule symbiosis
Current Position: 

2019

Birte Schwarz
Petra Bauer - Botany
PhD student
Thesis : Putative cis-regulatory elements and protein interaction networks control iron deficiency responses in Arabidopsis thaliana
Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at Leibniz Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ)

Amirhossein Bahramisharif
Laura Rose – Population Genetics
Associated PhD student
Thesis : The evolution of efector genes in oomycetes and biological control
Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at HHU (Population Genetics)

Anastasiia Bovdilova
Veronica Maurino – Plant Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology
Associated PhD student
Thesis: Molecular adaptions and post-translational regulation of C4-NADP-malic enzyme
Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at HHU (Plant Biochemistry and stress Physiology)

 2018

Björn Hielscher
Nicole Linka – Plant Biochemistry
PhD student
Thesis: Connecting metabolic networks - The role of the Mitochondiral Carrier Family in plants
Current Position: Medical Advisor at GHG, Düsseldorf

Shipan Das Gupta
Peter Westhoff - Developmental an Molecular Biology of Plants
PhD student
Thesis: Characterization of mesophyll-specific promoters for C$ engineering of rice and mutational analysis of leaf anatomy in Arabidopsis thaliana 
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Biotechnology & Genetic Enngineering department Noakhali Science and Technology University

Jonathan Fritzemeier
Martin Lercher - Computational Cell Biology
Postdoc
Current position: Senior Analyst at A.T. Kearny, Düsseldorf

Sarah Richards
Laura Rose – Population Genetics
PhD student
Thesis: Mathematical Modeling and Evolutionary Alayses of Cell-Surface Signaling in Plants
Current Position: Postdoc and lecturer at HHU

Regina Gratz
Petra Bauer – Botany
Associated PhD student
Thesis: FER-LIKE IRON DEFICIENCY-INDUCED TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR (FIT) activity is controlled by protein phosphorylation
Current Position: Postdoc at at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå - Sweden  Prof. Torgny Näsholm)

Florian Hahn
Andreas Weber – Plant Biochemistry
Associated PhD student
Thesis: Genome Editing and establishment of efficient gene targeting approaches in Arabidopsis using the CRISPR/cas9 system
Current Position:  Postdoc at Rothamsted Research, UK (Vladimir Nekrasov)

Dagbegnon Angelo Romeo Agossou Yao
Andreas Weber – Plant Biochemistry
Associated PhD student
Thesis: Plant alanine transferase: Cloning, localization and molecular characterization
Current Position: 

Kaitlyn Courville
Michael Feldbrügge – Microbiology
PhD student
Thesis: The infection biology of the smut fungus Thecaphora thaspeos and its molecular cross-talk with its Brassicaceae hosts
Current Position: 

Alexander Hofmann
Georg Groth – Biochemical Plant Physiology
PhD student
Thesis: Biochemische Charakterisierung der Komponenten des ERECTA-Signalwegs
Current Position: Postdoc at HHU (Biochemical Plant Physiology)

 2017

Fabian Brandenburg
Andreas Weber – Plant Biochemistry
Associated PhD student
Thesis: Manganese Homeostasis in the Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PPC 6803
Current Position: Postdoc at Helmholtzzentrum für Umweltforschung Leipzig (Andreas Schmid)

Ian Beddows
Laura Rose – Population Genetics
PhD student (fast-track)
Thesis : Hybridization and Wild Tomato
Current Position: Bioinformatics Research Scientist at Van Andel Institute, MI, USA

Myles Levey
Peter Westhoff - Developmental an Molecular Biology of Plants
Associated PhD student
Thesis : Die Expression des photorespiratorischen Gens 2-Phosphoglycolat-Phosphatase im Genus Flaveria und die Folgen einer beeinträchtigten Photorespiration für die C4-Pflanze Flaveria bidentis
Current Position: Teacher

2016 

David Heckmann 
Martin Lercher – Computational Cell Biology
PhD student (fast-track) 2010 – 2014
Thesis: Mathematical modelling of metabolism applied to the evolution of photosynthesis
iGRAD-Plant Postdoc 2014 – 2016
Current Position: Postdoc at University of California, San Diego (Bioengineering; Bernhard Palsson)

Sophie de Vries
Laura Rose – Population Genetics
Associated PhD student
Thesis :  The role of the RNA silencing network on the co-evolution of Phytophthora infestans and Solanum spp.
Current Position: Postdoc at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (Claudio Slamovits)

Lamprinos Frantzeskakis
Michael Feldbrügge – Microbiology
PhD student
Thesis: The genome of the fungal plant pathogen Thecaphora thlaspeos
Current Position: Postdoc at RWTH Aachen (Ralf Panstruga)

Dominik Brilhaus
Andreas Weber – Plant Biochemistry
PhD student (fast track)
Thesis: Transcriptional adaptation in response to changing environments in plants with specialized photosynthesis types
Current Position: Postdoc at HHU (Plant Biochemistry)

Julia Kleinmanns
Daniel Schubert – Plant Developmental Epigentics (now at FU Berlin)
Associated PhD student
Thesis: Studies on the regulation of Polycomb-target genes and abiotic stress responses by the Arabidopsis protein BLISTER
Current Position: Postdoc at University of California, San Diego, Cell and Developmental Biology

Julia Schmid
Rüdiger Simon – Plant Developmental Genetics
Associated PhD student
Thesis: On the Role of CLE40 - A Peptide with Antagonistic Functions in Arabidopsis thaliana Shoot Meristem Development
Current Position:

Adrian Hülsewede
Rüdiger Simon – Developmental Genetics
PhD student
Thesis: Functional characterization and analysis of the ARABIDOPSIS CRINKLY 4 promoter
Current Position: Postdoc at HHU (Developmental Genetics)

2015 

Viviana Correa Galvis
Peter Jahns – Plant Biochemistry and stress Physiology
PhD student (fast-track)
Thesis: The role of the PsbS protein in the regulation of energy dissipation in vascular plants and green algae
Current Position: Postdoc at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm (Ute Armbruster)

Alisandra Denton
Andreas Weber – Plant Biochemistry
PhD student (fast-track)
Thesis: Establishment of C4 Photosynthesis in Ontogeny and Evolution
Current Position: Postdoc at RWTH Aachen (Björn Usadel)

Lazar Pavlovic
Peter Jahns – Plant Biochemistry and stress Physiology
PhD student (fast-track)
Thesis: Regulation of energy-dependent quenching (qE) of excess light by the thylakoid transmembrane electric field (Dy) as a dynamic component of the chloroplast proton motive force (pmf)
Current Position: Regulatory Portfolio Manager at Syngenta, Canada

Anna Kersting
Martin Lercher – Computational Cell Biology
iGRAD-Plant Postdoc 2012 – 2013 / 2015
Current Position:

Thorsten Langner
Michael Feldbrügge – Microbiology
PhD student
Thesis: Charakterisierung der chitinolytischen Maschinerie aus Ustilago maydis
Current Position: Postdoc at Sainsbury Lab, Norwich, UK (Sophien Kamoun)

Friederike Bernsdorff
Jürgen Zeier – Molecular Ecophysiology of Plants
PhD student
Thesis: On the role of amino acids in plant disease resistance: Interplay between pipecolic acid and salicylic acid in plant systemic acquired resistance
First position after PhD: Postdoc at John Innes Center, UK (Saskia Hogenhout)
Current Position: Research Support Officer at EMBL-EBI, UK

Canan Külahoglu
Andreas Weber – Plant Biochemistry
PhD student
Thesis: The Transcriptomic Blueprint of C4 Photosynthesis
Current Position:

2014

Tatjana Levey
Peter Westhoff – Developmental an Molecular Biology of Plants
Associated PhD student
Thesis: Die Funktionen der Gene HCF107 und HCF222 bei der Biogenese der Thylakoidmembran in Arabidopsis thaliana
Current Position: Quality Manager at KHK, Cologne

Sophia Aldous
Peter Westhoff – Developmental an Molecular Biology of Plants
PhD student
Thesis: In planta inactivation of the C4 phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC) gene of Flaveria bidentis and evolutionary analyses of the PEPC protein kinase (PPCK) gene family of Flaveria
Current Position:

Jan Wiese
Nicole Linka – Plant Biochemistry
PhD student
Thesis: Propionate metabolism in yeast and plants
Current Position:

Borjana Arsova
Independent iGRAD-Plant Postdoc 2012 – 2014
Current Position: Chargé de Recherches (F.N.R.S.), Université Liege; since 04 2016: Guest scientist at IBG2 Forschungszentrum Jülich

2013

Sarah Keßel-Vigelius
Nicole Linka – Plant Biochemistry
PhD student
Thesis: Toward intracellular membrane Transport-Characterization of the Mitochondrial Carrier Family in Plants
Current Position: Sales Representative Pharmaceuticals, Bayer HealthCare

Judith Paulus
Georg Groth – Biochemical Plant Physiology
PhD student
Thesis: Kristallisation und vergleichende Strukturuntersuchung der Phosphoenolpyruvat Carboxylase aus der C3 Pflanze Flaveria pringlei und der C4 Pflanze Flaveria trinervia
First Position after PhD: Sales Consultant at Capsid GmbH, Düsseldorf
Current Position: Postdoc at University of Oxford (Renier van der Hoorn)

Stefanie Schulze
Peter Westhoff – Developmental an Molecular Biology of Plants
Associated PhD student
Thesis: Evolution of the expression of the GLDP gene family encoding the P subunit of glycine decarboxylase in the genus Flaveria
First Position after PhD: Postdoc at HHU (CEPLAS)
Current Position: Postdoc at HHU (Developmental an Molecular Biology of Plants)

Frederique Breuers
Andreas Weber – Plant Biochemistry
Associated PhD student
Thesis: The dynamics of plastid membrane systems
Current Position: Regional Manager at Santis GmbH, Ulm

Rene Wink
Rüdiger Simon – Plant Developmental Genetics
PhD student
Thesis: On the funtion of peptide signaling pathways in the root meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana
First Position after PhD: Postdoc at HHU
Current Position: Postdoctoral at WPI-Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules, Nagoya University, Japan

2012 

Tom Ruts
Shizue Matsubara – FZ Jülich
PhD student
Thesis: Diel growth rhythms in plants - Circadian control and environmental response
First position after PhD:  Systembiologe - Crop Trait Knowledge
at BASF Plant Sciences, Belgium
Current Position: Regulatory Affairs Specialist Biotechnology and Crop Protection at Monsanto, Belgium

Kristin Bernhardt
Nicole Linka – Plant Biochemistry
Associated PhD student
Thesis: The role of a peroxisomal NAD+ carrier in plants
Current Position:

Thea Pick
Andreas Weber – Plant Biochemistry
Associated PhD student
Thesis: A systems biology approach and single gene analysis to identify transporters and regulatory proteins in the plant carbon cycle
First Position after PhD: Postdoc at HHU (CEPLAS)
Current Position: Postdoc Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Joint BioEnergy Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA (DFG Research Fellowship)

2011

Christian Eßer
Martin Lercher – Computational Cell Biology
iGRAD-Plant Postdoc 2010 – 2011
2012 – 2013: Postdoc at HHU (Computational Cell Biology)
Current Position: Software Engineer at Varion GmbH

 

 

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