Alan obtained his Master’s degree in Biosciences at
the University of Münster in 2016. During his studies, he mainly focused on
protein biochemistry, biophysics and theoretical biology within a variety of plant-related
topics. The main objective of his PhD is the role of fungal β-glucans
as microbe-associated molecular patterns for the plant innate
immunity. Furthermore, he is interested in the involvement of glucans in
biotrophic interaction between plants and fungi (here: the root endophyte Serendipita
indica as a model).