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.

Former IMPRS Faculty Members

The table below shows former faculty members of the IMPRS-PMPG.

Please note: These scientists are no longer available for PhD projects within the IMPRS-PMPG. They have retired or have moved on to new positions elsewhere. If you are interested in joining their labs for a PhD, please contact them at their new institution.

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Arren Bar-Even
(former MPI-MP)

Dr Bar-Even passed away in September 2020.

Arren Bar-Even studied the biochemical logic and design principles of metabolic pathways and their applications to metabolic engineering of microbes. He focussed 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.

Tribute for Arren Bar-Even

Ingo Dreyer
(former UP)

since 2015: Center for Bioinformatics and Molecular Simulations (CBSM), Universidad de Talca, Chile

Biophysics, Synthetic Biology: Biophysical principles of plant physiology. How plants sense, take up, and transport nutrients. Synthetic biology in plant systems.

2011-2015: Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics UPM - INIA, Madrid, Spain

More info about Ingo Dreyer

Oliver Ebenhöh
(former UP)

since 2013: Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

Theoretical Biology: Mathematical modelling of metabolic and regulatory networks in plants. Evolution of cellular reactions networks. Symbiotic and parasitic interactions of organisms.

2009-2013: Reader in Systems Biology, University of Aberdeen, UK

More info about the Ebenhöh group at HHU Düsseldorf

Kerstin Kaufmann
(former UP)

since 10/2016: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Molecular Genetics and Evolution of Flower Development: We use flower development as a model system to understand gene-regulatory mechanisms underlying morphogenesis in plants. Using a combination of genome-wide studies, proteomics and genetics, we study how transcription factors and chromatin regulators coordinate gene expression in order to generate different organ morphologies, and how the molecular functions of these factors diversified during evolution.

More info about the Kaufmann lab at HU Berlin

Franziska Krajinski
(former MPI-MP)

since 09/2015: University of Leipzig, Germany

Plant-Microbe Interactions: Molecular and cell biology, genetic and genomics approaches to understand the mechanisms underlying the development of plant-microbe interactions with major focus on the arbuscular mycorrhiza symbiosis.

More info about the Krajinski lab at the University of Leipzig

Staffan Persson
(former MPI-MP)

since 06/2020: University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Cell Walls: Deciphering how cellulose, which is the world’s most abundant biopolymer and a key morphological component for the plant cell, is synthesized and incorporated into the cell wall matrix.

2015-2020: Full Professor at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
Staffan Persson initiated the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme, MelPoPP
More info about the Persson lab at the University of Melbourne

More info about the Persson lab at the University of Copenhagen

Michael Schroda
(former UP)

since 2012: University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Molecular Chaperone Networks and Plant Stress: Plant molecular chaperones, their interactions and functions. Systems approach to plant stress responses. Analysis of mechanisms that counteract transgene silencing.

More info about the Schroda lab at the University of Kaiserslautern

Waltraud Schulze
(former MPI-MP)

since 2013: University of Hohenheim, Germany
(former MPI-MP)

Mass spectrometry-based proteomics approaches to study regulatory processes involved in adaptation to changing nutrient conditions. Analysis of posttranslational modification, protein dynamics, and protein-protein interactions.

More info about the Schulze lab at the University of Hohenheim

Joachim Selbig
(former UP)

Emeritus Professor

Bioinformatics: Machine learning to glean information from and detect unforeseen relationships within large data sets using functional genomics strategies.

Martin Steup
(former UP)

Emeritus Professor

Plant Physiology: Plant carbohydrate metabolism and protein-carbohydrate interactions including covalent modifications.

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