Dr. Arun Sampathkumar

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Head of Plant Cell Biology and Morphodynamics

Previous positions
2013 - 2016 Postdoc, California Institute of Technology, USA 

2011 - 2013 Postdoc, University of Cambridge, UK 

PhD: Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology - Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 2011

Master of Science: Bharathiar University, India, 2006

Awards and Grants

2020          Project funding DAAD

2019          Research Grant BMBF

2018          Research Grant DFG / ERACAPS

2017          Research Grant DFG

2012          Jeff Schell Prize: By Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology and BASF, outstanding  

                    research within the framework of the doctoral thesis.

Selected Publications

Schneider, R., Ehrhardt, D.W., Meyerowitz, E.M. Sampathkumar, A.: Tethering of cellulose synthase to microtubules dampens mechano-induced cytoskeletal organization in Arabidopsis pavement cells. Nat. Plants (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-022-01218-7

Eng, R.C., Schneider, R., Matz, T.W., Carter, R., Ehrhardt, D. W., Jönsson, H., Nikoloski, Z. and  Sampathkumar, A.KATANIN and CLASP function at different spatial scales to mediate microtubule response to mechanical stress in Arabidopsis cotyledons. Current Biology, 31 (15), pp.3262-3274.  (2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.05.019

Sampathkumar, A.; Peaucelle, A.; Fujita, M.; Schuster, C.; Persson, S.; Wasteneys, G.O.; Meyerowitz, E.M.: Primary wall cellulose synthase regulates shoot apical meristem mechanics and growth. Development 146 (10), dev179036 (2019). Recommended in F1000. Highlighted article in journal. https://doi.org/10.1242/dev.179036

Eng, R.C. and Sampathkumar, A.: Getting into shape: the mechanics behind plant morphogenesis. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 46, pp.25-31. (2018) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbi.2018.07.002      

Sampathkumar, A.; Krupinski, P.; Wightman, R.; Milani, P.; Berquand, A.; Boudaoud, A.; Hamant, O.; Jonsson, H.; Meyerowitz, E. M.: Subcellular and supracellular mechanical stress prescribes cytoskeleton behavior in Arabidopsis cotyledon pavement cells. eLife 3, e01967 (2014). https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.01967

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