Kenichi TsudaGroup Leader
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 CaoPhD student
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.
Frederickson EntilaPhD student
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.
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.