Ken comes from Sapporo, Japan. He loves soccer and plant science. He got a PhD at the Hokkaido University in Japan (2004) and did a postdoc at University of Minnesota in the US. He has been a Group Leader at MPIPZ since December 2011. He is interested in network properties, structures and dynamics in plant-microbe interactions, especially finding new concepts in biology.
Dieter comes from Cologne. He has been working at the MPIPZ since July 1985. From Feb 2012, he has been working in the group as the lab manager and technician. Dieter has broad interest in nature and plant science and tries to understand how plants do organize their life, especially when they are under stress. Dieter has second Dan in Aikido, is practicing and teaching kids in Aikido for 12 years.
Yu comes from Hubei, China. He studied plant microbe interactions, in particular the plant growth rhizobacteria. His interest is to understand the interactions between plants and bacteria. He started his PhD in October, 2018 with focusing on the molecular basis of plant microbiota function and its regulation by plant immunity. He likes Badminton, biking, and running.
Fred originates from the islands of the Philippines. He had been involved with the physiological dissection and genetic elucidation of rice tolerance to varying flooding regimes in the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). He is very interested in bridging fundamental science with realized products of social relevance and impact. He believes that the natural microbiome can enhance fitness and performance of plants even under challenging conditions such as pathogen attack, abiotic stresses, and scarce resources. These findings will help solve the problems of food security and sustainability with lesser ecological footprint. He enjoys watching movies, reading novels, singing, playing badminton and volleyball, and hitting the gym.
Kaori comes from Yamaguchi, Japan. She studied rice defense mechanisms against herbivores, in particular the phytohormone jasmonates signaling. During her master course, she got interested in how plants integrate diverse information in nature. Besides science, she likes cooking, calligraphy, watching movies, and listening to music.
Maria Salazar comes from Bogotá, Colombia. She studied Biology and Microbiology at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and continued her studies as a master student in the program of Plant Science at the University of Bonn, Germany. Her interest is to identify and understand transcription factors that interact with the MAP kinases MPK3 and MPK6 from Arabidopsis in plant immunity. Additionally, she wants to understand the regulation of transcriptional reprograming by MPK3 and MPK6 during plant immunity. Besides sciences, she motivates/annoys her colleges by dancing and singing in the lab.
Yayoi comes from Asahikawa, Japan. She studied cytogenetics and received a master degree at Hokkaido University, Japan. She loves nature and is interested in evolution and genetics. Besides science, she is interested in eating, singing and learning German.
Yiming comes from China, and received his PhD in the field of rice-rice blast fungus interaction in Prof. Kyu Young Kang's Lab at Gyeongsang National University, Korea in 2010. He did his first post-doc in the same laboratory, and joined the group for his second post-doc since Aug 2012.