The MPG continually supports up to three Independent Research Groups in our institute, each for a period of five to six years. Highly competitive young scientists lead these groups, which operate outside of the departmental structure of the Institute.
Dr. Roosa Laitinen and her group utilize natural variants of Arabidopsis thaliana in order to understand the genetic and molecular basis of adaptive mechanisms in plants. The main focus of the group is to analyze A. thaliana hybrids with novel phenotypes in comparison to their parents. These new phenotypic traits in hybrids can be either beneficial (hybrid vigor) or deleterious (hybrid incompatibility).
Dr. Arren Bar-Even and his group study the biochemical logic and design principles of metabolic pathways and their applications in metabolic engineering of microbes. The group focuses on engineering synthetic alternatives to central metabolic pathways, aiming to uncover optimality in metabolic designs and to offer novel solutions for humanity’s needs in chemical and energy production.