The department of Prof. Mark Stitt studies a wide set of physiological processes involved in orchestrating photosynthetic carbon metabolism, nitrogen and phosphate utilisation, growth, and storage. Systems biology will be emphasised and forward and reverse genetic tools will often be used.
Director of Department 2: Metabolic Networks
The group of Prof. Dr. Mark Stitt
uses a systems-oriented approach to investigate how plants coordinate their metabolism and growth with the supply of carbohydrate from photosynthesis. Our studies of photosynthetic metabolism provide knowledge that will help us to improve photosynthetic efficiency in crop plants.
The main focus of Dr. Fritz Kragler's
group is the characterization of the transport mechanism and function of proteins and RNA molecules moving between cells and via the phloem vasculature to distant plant parts. We are especially interested in the cellular factors facilitating selective intercellular RNA/protein transport and their regulatory function as morphogenic and metabolic signals in distant cells.
Dr. Vanessa Wahl’s
group focuses on how metabolic and nutritional status affects developmental transitions in plants. In particular, we are interested in processes at the shoot apical meristem (SAM) that regulate meristem size and the timing of the floral transition.