Stefanie Dukowic-Schulze

headFavorite parts of my life:  Tidiness, productivity, creativity & success; my family, traveling & reading  (So why do I work in a lab?!)

I live my life according to the motto: It won’t get done if you don’t do it yourself – or delegate it properly!

  • 2000-2006            Diploma in Biology, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2006-2009            Ph.D, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, Plant Genetics & Molecular Biology (Mentor: Professor Holger Puchta)
  • 2009-2010            Postdoc, University of Heidelberg/FZK, Germany, Carcinogenesis (Mentor: Professor Jonathan Sleeman)
  • 2011-2013            Postdoc, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Horticultural Science, Plant meiosis (Mentor: Professor Changbin Chen)
  • 2013-2018     Research Associate/ Senior Research Associate, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Horticultural Science, Plant meiosis (Mentor: Professor Changbin Chen), Plant photomorphogenesis (Mentor: Professor Gary Gardner) – since 2015
  • since 2019    Postdoc, University of Regensburg, Germany (Dept. for Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry, Head: Prof. Thomas Dresselhaus)

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Changbin Chen

Changbin Chen

Dept. of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota
Research topics:               Plant meiosis, meiotic recombination; traditional Chinese herbs; tomato breeding
What made working with him awesome: His limitless support of my personal and professional development, the accomplishments he pushed out of me, and the skills and resources he has and shares. Additionally, his plethora of topics which made it easy to set myself apart and follow up on my directions of interest.


Gary Gardner

Dept. of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota
Research topics:               Plant UV-B photomorphogenesis
What makes working with him awesome: His unconventional ideas and approaches in research, his interest in furthering my career, and his accumulated expertise on his topic as well as all affairs academic and political. And last but not least, his offer for me to take part of his unique research direction with me and make it my own.


Close collaborators:

Joann MudgeJoann Mudge

Joann is a senior scientist at the National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I learned a lot from her and her colleagues, Anitha Sundararajan and Thiru Ramaraj, and later could start giving back. Interacting with any of them is always enormously motivating and productive, and I hope to continue our collaborations on sequencing projects, publications, occasionally having the fortune to meet in person on conferences or visits; any future collaborators will need to put in some effort to live up to this fruitful team-work!

Chang Liu

Chang Liu

Chang leads a research group at the Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP) at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He is one of very few experts on using Hi-C sequencing technology in plants to elucidate three-dimensional chromatin structure. Having laid the foundation in a opinion paper, we are optimally prepared to elucidate 3D chromatin features during meiosis.


Rachel Wang

Rachel Wang

Rachel, like another important collaborator of mine, Wojtek Pawlowski, was a postdoc in Zac Cande’s lab at UC Berkeley, working on maize cytogenetics. She is now a research group leader at the renowned Academia Sinica in Taiwan. We met due to her interest in a special technique I am using, went to a meiosis conference together in 2013, and have since shared many ideas, interests and knowledge on chromosome dynamics, small RNA and techniques for meiosis studies. I am looking forward to more interactions and collaborative efforts in the future.


A few former favorite colleagues:

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Anthony HarrisAnthony Harris

Anthony was an undergraduate student helping in the lab for only around 2 years, but with exceptionally high motivation and productivity. I enjoyed being the first person to introduce him to everything important in the lab, empowering him with different techniques, and even including him in writing up results, making him a co-author on two publications. I awfully miss having him in the lab (both as a productive lab assistant and as a friend), but am proud of him being a graduate student in the Ünal Lab at UC Berkeley since fall 2016, sticking with meiosis. By now, I had the pleasure to write a recommendation letter for him for an NSF fellowship, which he highly deserved and indeed got awarded!

Anja MannussAnja_Mannuss

Anja was my favorite colleague during my time as a Ph.D student in Germany. We mutually benefitted a lot from our discussions on experimental troubleshooting, shared success stories, and brainstorming – mostly during our joint lunch meetings while otherwise industriously working alongside each other, often until almost midnight. I heartily enjoyed that time, and our weekly Pub quiz nights, and am always looking forward to re-connect with her when I am in Germany.