After I finished my Bachelor studies in Biochemistry at the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, I started a Fast-Track PhD as part of the CEPLAS Graduate School. In October 2020, I joined the Doehlemann lab to conduct my PhD research.
Past research demonstrated that Papain-like cysteine proteases (PLCPs) are essential hubs in plant immunity. So far, most research focused on PLCPs in leaves and on above-ground interactions with microbes. However, little is known about the roles of PLCPs in microbial interactions of the plant root. Recently, root-specific PLCPs were discovered in Zea mays, which are activated by the plant hormone salicylic acid, which plays an important role in the activation of immune responses. In my PhD project I will characterize maize root PLCPs and their roles in the interactions with the soil microbiota.
University of Cologne
CEPLAS / Institute of Botany Chair of Terrestrial Microbiology
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