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.
Sayan comes from Varanasi, India. He studied Plant Biotechnology at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Thereafter, he was involved in two research projects at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute and BHU. He started his PhD in October, 2014 and finds the study of proteins in perception, transmission, and response to pathogen attack intriguing. He will study subcellular protein dynamics in plants during pathogen attack. His other interests are traveling and biking.
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.
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.
Tatsuya comes from Kagoshima, Japan. He studied plant membrane transportation and molecular biology at the University of Tokyo and CEA Cadarache (France). His interest in the principle of biological communication in nature brought him to the field of plant microbe interactions. He started his PhD in April 2015, focusing on the interface of plant-bacteria interaction in apoplast. He likes basketball, learning foreign languages, and traveling. Now he is going to add "Football" to his hobby list.
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.
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.
Thomas comes from Leverkusen, Germany. He studied biology at the RWTH Aachen and at Uppsala University with an emphasis on molecular plants science and plant pathology. Thomas is interested in interactions between plants and pathogenic microbes, especially in the molecular mechanisms that allow plants to fight pathogens. He started his PhD in October 2014 with the aim to investigate diversification and conservation of immune responses in different plant species. Besides science, he loves to play field Hockey and listen to a lot of good music.