Group Leaders

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Ivan Acosta, PhD
Group leader
Phone:+49 221 5062 480
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Dr. Maria Albani
Independent Group Leader
Phone:+49 221 5062 380

Jun-Prof. Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS), University of Cologne, Botanical Institute

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Prof. Dr. Wolf B. Frommer
AvH Professor
Phone:+49 221 5062 387
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Angela Hancock, PhD
Max Planck Research Group Leader
Phone:+49 221 5062 285
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Angela Hay, PhD
Minerva Research Group Leader
Phone:+49 221 5062 108/153Fax:+49 221 5062 107
Email:hay@...
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Dr. Eric Kemen
Max Planck Research Group Leader
Phone:+49 221 5062 317/348
Email:kemen@...
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Hirofumi Nakagami, PhD
Group leader
Phone:+49-221-5062-224
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Dr. Ales Pecinka
Group Leader
Phone:+49 221 5062 465Fax:+49 221 5062 413
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Dr. Bernd Reiß
Group Leader
Phone:+49 221 5062 220Fax:+49 221 5062 113
Email:reiss@...
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Dr. Wim J. J. Soppe
Group Leader
Phone:+49 221 5062 470Fax:+49 221 5062 413
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Prof. Dr. Benjamin Stich
Phone:+49 221 5062 490
Email:stich@...

Prof. for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics of Plants at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, CEPLAS Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences.

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Prof apl. Dr. Klaus Theres
Research Group Leader
Phone:+49 221 5062 477Fax:+49 221 5062 413
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Prof. Dr. Achim Tresch
Group leader
Phone:++49 221 5062 161
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Prof. Dr. Maria von Korff Schmising
Independent Group Leader
Phone:+49 221 5062 247Fax:+49 221 5062 207
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Prof. for Plant Genetics Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf CEPLAS Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences

Independent Research Groups

Independent Research Groups



We study two major aspects of plant development: how it is shaped by spatiotemporal patterns of hormone signaling, and what are the ultimate cellular functions activated by hormones that lead to cell fates as disparate as proliferation, elongation or degeneration.

Regulation of stamen maturation in barley and Arabidopsis (Ivan Acosta)

We study two major aspects of plant development: how it is shaped by spatiotemporal patterns of hormone signaling, and what are the ultimate cellular functions activated by hormones that lead to cell fates as disparate as proliferation, elongation or degeneration.

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We are performing comparative studies between the perennial Arabis alpina and the annual Arabidopsis thaliana to understand the molecular mechanisms that drove life strategy evolution within the Brassicaceae.

The evolution of annual and perennial life strategies (Maria Albani)

We are performing comparative studies between the perennial Arabis alpina and the annual Arabidopsis thaliana to understand the molecular mechanisms that drove life strategy evolution within the Brassicaceae. [more]
We investigate molecular processes and proteins involved in transport of metabolites through cellular membranes. By this we aim to improve plant disease control and to increase crop yield of maize and rice.

Transport Processes in Crop Plants (AvH Professor Wolf  B. Frommer)

We investigate molecular processes and proteins involved in transport of metabolites through cellular membranes. By this we aim to improve plant disease control and to increase crop yield of maize and rice.
We investigate the genetic basis of phenotypic differences between the emerging model species Cardamine hirsuta and its relative Arabidopsis thaliana and examine the evolutionary processes underlying such differences. We focus on petal number variation and explosive pod shatter, which are traits found in C. hirsuta but not A. thaliana, and use parallel genetic studies to investigate the evolution of developmental processes controlling these traits.

Genetic basis for phenotypic evolution (Angela Hay)

We investigate the genetic basis of phenotypic differences between the emerging model species Cardamine hirsuta and its relative Arabidopsis thaliana and examine the evolutionary processes underlying such differences. We focus on petal number variation and explosive pod shatter, which are traits found in C. hirsuta but not A. thaliana, and use parallel genetic studies to investigate the evolution of developmental processes controlling these traits.

The plant phyllosphere faces a broad range of harsh abiotic fluctuations such as strong radiation by sunlight, severe dryness alternating with raindrops hitting the leaves, wind and temperature fluctuations.

Plant – microbe and microbe – microbe interactions (Eric Kemen)

The plant phyllosphere faces a broad range of harsh abiotic fluctuations such as strong radiation by sunlight, severe dryness alternating with raindrops hitting the leaves, wind and temperature fluctuations. [more]
Our goal is to understand molecular basis of DNA repair and inactivation of repetitive DNA. To this end we use model species Arabidopsis thaliana and several other Brassicaceae

Genome and Epigenome Evolution (Ales Pecinka)

Our goal is to understand molecular basis of DNA repair and inactivation of repetitive DNA. To this end we use model species Arabidopsis thaliana and several other Brassicaceae
Studies of the same process in different organisms reveal important basic features as well as adaptations to special functions. We focused on two model plants greatly differing in phylogenetic position

Recombination Research (Bernd Reiss)

Studies of the same process in different organisms reveal important basic features as well as adaptations to special functions. We focused on two model plants greatly differing in phylogenetic position [more]
Our research is focused on seed dormancy in Arabidopsis thaliana and aims to identify its molecular mechanisms.

Control of seed germination (Wim Soppe)

Our research is focused on seed dormancy in Arabidopsis thaliana and aims to identify its molecular mechanisms.
We have focused our attention on the mechanisms controlling the initiation of lateral meristems. Our studies started with the characterization of two tomato mutants, lateral suppressor (ls) and blind (bl)

Genetic and molecular analysis of shoot branching in higher plants (Klaus Theres)

We have focused our attention on the mechanisms controlling the initiation of lateral meristems. Our studies started with the characterization of two tomato mutants, lateral suppressor (ls) and blind (bl)
In order to obtain a systems level understanding of the cell, we develop and apply new statistical models that are capable of dealing with vast amounts of heterogeneous data.

Computational Biology and Regulatory Networks (Achim Tresch)

In order to obtain a systems level understanding of the cell, we develop and apply new statistical models that are capable of dealing with vast amounts of heterogeneous data. [more]
The von Korff group uses natural genetic variation and quantitative genetics to unravel the genetic control of reproductive development in barley.

Drought adaptation and flowering time control in barley (Maria von Korff)

The von Korff group uses natural genetic variation and quantitative genetics to unravel the genetic control of reproductive development in barley.
 
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