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2021

Nicola Scholten
Jürgen Zeier – Molecular Ecophysiology of Plants
PhD student
Thesis: ldentification and functional characterization of ICS1-dependent metabolites in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) HEYNH.
Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at HHU

Jenia Schlegel
Rüdiger Simon – Plant Developmental Genetics
PhD student
Thesis: The role of CLE40 in shoot stem cell homeostasis
Current Position: Junior Product Manager (MACSima) at Miltenyi Biotec

Daniel Hartleb
Martin Lercher – Computational Cell Biology
PhD student
Thesis : Bi-Level optimization algorithms for improving genome-scale metabolic models
Current Position: 

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: Researcher 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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