I am a plant biologist, with emphasis on meiosis and meiotic recombination, also venturing into studying photomorphogenesis due to UV-B. What connects these seemingly different areas is the involvement of DNA repair factors, my PhD topic, and their basis in chromosome dynamics. I am interested in bridging disciplines and eventually adding more applied aspects towards plant breeding. I utilize my broad repertoire of skills in molecular biology, cell biology and bioinformatics to pursue fundamental and applied research directions, and am always curious to find out even more and dive into new areas.

I love all aspects of my academic job –

  • designing projects,
  • digging into literature,
  • experimenting and producing data in the laboratory,
  • discovering novel aspects when analyzing data,
  • writing it up,

and especially training and guiding others in doing all of the above, giving my knowledge and experience on through teaching and mentoring.

 Latest updates:

Ups and Downs:

This happened in the last couple months:

  • preparation fun (proposal and manuscript writing, job interviews)
  • exciting days of scientific discussions
  • cruelly long waiting times for (most) decisions, mainly being rejections
  • happy/ getting back some needed motivation: Wonderful visit at IPK for a guest seminar, 10day visit in Minnesota for a real-time PCR marathon yielding great data for perfecting a story for a manuscript
  • next: more writing, more writing, more writing… and hope… and a family vacation

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