IMPRS Faculty

IMPRS Faculty

The faculty of the IMPRS "Primary Metabolism and Plant Growth" includes professors and group leaders from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and the University of Potsdam.

Below, you can find the names of our faculty and a short description of their research topic. You will get more information about the research done by our faculty members, their groups and departments if you click on their name.

Current IMPRS Faculty Members

You can find our current faculty members in the table below. Former faculty members are listed on the second page. In the tables, UP stands for University of Potsdam, MPI-MP for Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology.

To find out more about our faculty members and their groups, please click on their names. The link will lead you to their websites where you can learn more about their research, find publications etc.

Isabel Bäurle

Plant Stress and Epigenetics Plants can “remember” past exposure to stress, such that development or tolerance to recurring stress is modified. Using genetic, molecular and other tools, we study the long-term adaptation of plants to abiotic stress and the roles of epigenetic and chromatin regulation in this process.

Arren Bar-Even

Systems and Synthetic Metabolism Our group studies the biochemical logic and design principles of metabolic pathways and their applications to metabolic engineering of microbes. We focus 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.

Ralph Bock

Organelle Biology, Biotechnology, Molecular Ecophysiology Gene expression in plant cell organelles, interactions between the nucleo-cytosolic compartment and the organelles. The evolution of eukaryotic genomes and interactions between plants in populations and ecosystems.
Alisdair Fernie
Central Metabolism Central (energy) metabolism and its coordination. Integration of primary metabolism with intermediary and secondary metabolism. Genetics of metabolic regulation.

Markus Grebe

Establishment of Plant Cell and Tissue Polarity We investigate how cell and tissue polarity is established in epidermal cells of Arabidopsis thaliana roots. We look at, for example, root hair positioning (planar polarity) and establishment of outer lateral membrane polarity. To understand how one end of the cell becomes different from another one at the molecular level and how this may be coordinated within the tissue context, we combine a variety of genetic, molecular and cell biology methods, including state-of-the-art microscopy.
Roosa Laitinen
Molecular Mechanisms of Plant Adaptation We use natural variation in A. thaliana to understand adaptation in plants. The focus is on the genetic and molecular analysis of hybrids that show altered phenotype in comparison to their parents. Further, we study, how they are influenced by environmental factors.

Michael Lenhard

Control of Plant Organ Size Identifying the molecular and genetic mechanisms that determine the sizes of leaves and flowers; understanding how these mechanisms have changed during evolution to alter plant organ size.
Bernd Müller-Röber
Plant Signalling Coordination of plant responses to environmental stress through various signalling mechanisms involving transcriptional regulatory networks. Systems-oriented approaches for the analysis of leaf growth.
Zoran Nikoloski
Computational Biology Development, analysis, and implementation of methods for: (1) data-driven qualitative and quantitative modeling of genome-scale metabolic networks, (2) evolutionary and optimization processes in biological networks, (3) automated transfer of functional knowledge within and across species. Methods include network optimization, design and analysis of algorithms, random processes, computational complexity.
André Scheffel
Algal Biomineralization Deciphering how biomineral-forming organisms synthesize and shape inorganic materials. Identification of the cellular machinery that enables coccolithophores, unicellular marine algae, to synthesize coccoliths.
Joachim Selbig
(UP)  *
Bioinformatics Machine learning to glean information from and detect unforeseen relationships within large data sets using functional genomics strategies.
* Please note that Professor Selbig will not be available for projects starting in 2017.
Mark Stitt
Metabolic Networks Systems-oriented approach on metabolic pathways involved in primary carbon and nitrogen metabolism. How primary and secondary metabolism are integrated and regulated, and how signals from central metabolism regulate plant growth and development.
Lothar Willmitzer
Molecular Physiology Plant systems approach on metabolism in its broadest sense, using reverse genetics and functional genomics to analyse the pleiotropic effects of these alterations.

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