Members

Parker group 2020

Joel Fernandes

Joel Fernandes

PhD student
Joel comes from Goa, India. Previously, at university of Delhi south campus, he worked in a calcium signalling lab to understand the role of calcium sensors under potassium deficiency. He aims to compare the role of EDS1 family genes in dicots and monocots and their functions in CNL-mediated immunity in a collaboration with Dr. Thomas Kroj (INRA, Montpellier). He is also interested in rice EDS1-mediated hormonal crosstalk. Joel is funded by the DAAD fellowship for his PhD studies.
Giuliana Hessler

Giuliana Hessler

PhD student
After studying in the master program Molecular Plant Science at University Hamburg, Giuliana started her PhD in our group in October 2020. Her research focuses on identifying what molecular and/or biochemical features distinguish the EDS1-PAD4-ADR1 from the EDS1-SAG101-NRG1 immunity node. For this, she is especially focusing on processes and signaling metabolites that are involved in mediating EDS1-PAD4-ADR1 immunity.
Oliver Johanndrees

Oliver Johanndrees

PhD student
Oliver studied biology in Cologne and is a Ph.D. student in our group since December 2019. His research focusses on the conservation of immune signaling networks in dicot model species and monocot crops. For this, he is combining methods of molecular and computational biology, to investigate both function and phylogeny of immune signaling components, including the EDS1-family.
Henriette Läßle

Henriette Läßle

Masters student
Henni is a Master Student at the University of Cologne, she joined the lab as an intern in the summer of 2020 and is now pursuing her Masters degree. She is employing various protocols to uncover the molecular mechanisms involved in early signaling events in TNL-mediated ETI in dicots using Arabidopsis thaliana TNL RPP1. With this she hopes to identify the link between TIR-NLRs and EDS1-family.
Federica Locci

Federica Locci

Postdoc
Federica obtained her Ph.D. in Rome, where she studied the homeostasis of cell wall-derived DAMPs. After completing her Ph.D. school, she moved from Italy and joined Parker’s Lab. Federica is now aiming to dissect the underlying mechanisms of immune receptor signaling, specifically focusing on the EDS1/PAD4/ADR1 module
Anthony Piro

Anthony Piro

Postdoc
Anthony comes from the United States and performed his PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Jörn Coers at Duke University, where he studied innate immunity to intracellular bacterial pathogens in mammalian systems. In the Parker Lab, Anthony is interested in how plants facilitate interactions with beneficial soil microorganisms, and how these interactions are shaped by abiotic stress, such as micronutrient deprivation. Additionally, natural soils are populated by complex mixtures of microorganisms that range from host-beneficial to deleterious, and which produce a multitude of molecules that may shape plant-microbe interactions. Accordingly, Anthony is interested in how inputs from such soil communities impact interactions between plants and host-beneficial microorganisms
 Charles Uhlmann

Charles Uhlmann

PhD student
Charles studied ecology, evolution and molecular biology in Toulouse, France. He is broadly interested by how fungi can infect plant tissues and cells to form functional interaction with plants. In the frame of the SPP 2125 "DECRyPT", and in close collaboration with the Zuccaro lab Uni. Köln, he's looking at whether immune components of Arabidopsis help interacting appropriately with root endophytes.
Junli   Wang

Junli Wang

Postdoc
Junli comes from China and she is a postdoc who has joined parker group since 2019. She mainly worked about small RNA biogenesis during her PhD stage. The trade-off between plant growth and immunity greatly picks her curiosity. Therefore, she focuses on signalling events downstream of pathogen recognition, especially the molecular mechanism of TNLs-activated host cell death after completing her PhD project.
Fei Xiong

Fei Xiong

Fei comes from China. He studied tea science and jointly researched at the Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) and Tea Research Institute, Chinese Agricultural Academy Sciences(TRICAAS) where he explored the mechanism of plant resistance to Anthracnose At the Parker lab, he would focus on molecular players involved in the downstream signaling of NRG1-dependent plant immunity.
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