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Head of the group

Prof. Dr. Marcel Bucher

Marcel Bucher comes from Switzerland and his research interests focus on how plants respond to nutrient limitation in the context of plant-microbiota-soil interactions in the rhizosphere. He enjoys witnessing how students, young scientists and associates take responsibility, develop their project(s), skills, and personality, and further their career. His teaching portfolio includes basic courses in plant anatomy and physiology, and advanced courses in plant molecular biology and plant genetics. From 2012-2015 he was a member of  the executive board and the steering board of the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences - CEPLAS (www.ceplas.eu). Within CEPLAS he is responsible for the outreach project „Research and Education: Knowledge transfer from research to schools“. Until 2020 he serves as deputy director of the Botanical Institute which he directed from 2016-2018.

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Secretary

Claudia Schwanitz

 

Tel.: +49 (0)221 470-5664

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Scientists

Dr. Abdullah Altaher

Research Associate

Abdullah Altaher comes from Syria and his current research focuses on possible crosstalk(s) at molecular level between phosphate starvation response and the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in the model legume Lotus japonicus

Tel.: +49 (0)221 470-8223

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Dr. Mohsen Hajheidari

Research Associate

Mohsen Hajheidari comes from Iran and works on the RECONSTRUCT project funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF). The project’s aim is to examine the contribution of soil biodiversity to maize growth and fitness through combined omics-based in silico modeling and reconstruction biology.

Tel.: +49 (0)221 470-8222

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Dr. Rainer E. Häusler

Senior Scientist

Rainer Häusler is from Ger­many and his cur­rent in­ter­est is fo­cused on mu­tants and trans­genic plants with a le­sion in or al­tered ac­tiv­i­ties of plas­tidial metabo­lite trans­porters.

Tel.: +49 (0)221 470-2340

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Dr. Kathrin Schlücking

Research Associate

Kathrin Schlücking comes from Germany and her research interests cover the molecular mechanisms underlying the functionality of the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in the model legume Lotus japonicus.

Tel.: +49 (0)221 470-8224

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Dr. Mitzi Villajuana Bonequi

Coordinator

Dr. Mitzi Villajuana Bonequi comes from Mexico and  co-coordinates the CEPLAS Research & Education project  at the University of Cologne Center of Excellence CEPLAS. Her scientific expertise is on molecular biology, genetics, developmental biology and reproductive development.

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Dr. Leonie Weber

Research associate

Leonie Weber comes from Germany. Her research mainly covers the regulation of the establishment of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in the model legume Lotus japonicus. She is also interested in the infulence of various factors on the microbiome of the Arabidopsis rhizosphere.

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Doctoral students

Samira Blau

Samira comes from Germany and is interested in the functional role of metabolic genes involved in the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis.  Samira's project is conducted in a collaboration with PD Dr. Stephan Krüger at the University of Cologne.

Tel.: +49 (0)221 470-8244

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Hang Lu

 Hang Lu comes from China and is interested in the molecular architecture underlying the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis and its potential towards reconstruction of mutualistic symbioses.

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Isabelle Metzen

Isabelle Metzen comes from Germany and is interested in the nutritional and metabolic interactions between mycorrhizal roots and their microbiota as well as in their impact on soil quality.

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Lina Pesch

Lina Pesch comes from Germany and is working on the impact of the mycorrhizal phosphate uptake pathway on the assembly of the maize-microbiome.

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Katrin Sammet

Katrin Sammet comes from Germany and is interested in unravelling yet unknown functional roles of plastidial phosphate translocators in primary and secondary metabolism of Arabidopsis thaliana.

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Georgios Saridis

Georgios Saridis comes from Greece and is interested in the genome-scale transcriptional regulatory networks involved in the plant response to phosphate availability and interactions with soil fungi. Georgios' project is conducted in a collaboration with Professor Stanislav Kopriva at University of Cologne.

Tel.: +49 (0)221 470-8224

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Esperanza Abril Sosa

Esperanza Abril Sosa comes from Mexico and is working on host genetic factors underlying plant-fungi beneficial interactions.

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Technical Assistance

Ulrike Hebbeker

Ulrike Hebbeker is from Germany. She has profound expertise in extraction of secondary metabolites and nucleic acids, DNA cloning, and plant production.

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Stefanie Junkermann

Stefanie Junkermann is from Germany and is working on aspects of plant-fungus interactions. She is a specialist in multi-elemental analytics performed with the ICP-MS that is located in the Biocenter Mass Spectrometry Platform.

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Leia Mijatovic

 Leia Mijatovic is from Germany and is working on aspects of plant-fungus interactions. She curates CORFU (COlogne collection of Root-associated FUngi) and the lab's seed storage.

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BSc and MSc Candidates

 

Theresa Behrendt


Julian Schiffner


Alexander Skrobocz


Lisa-Marie Wachsmann