Young Investigators starting at Copenhagen Plant Science Centre – University of Copenhagen

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16 July 2014

Young Investigators starting at Copenhagen Plant Science Centre

New staff

In the fall of 2014 four young researchers are starting at the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre (CPSC): Fernando Geu-Flores, Mathias Pribil, Sebastian Marquardt and Stephan Wenkel.

These Young Investigators will form the core of the excellent research groups that will contribute to the research and teaching at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. It is the ambition that they will contribute to increasing the inter-disciplinary work and collaborations across research groups and faculties at the University of Copenhagen.

- I am very pleased to have these four accomplished researchers on board the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre. They will provide a solid foundation for doing excellent and cross-disciplinary research and for attracting new talents to the University of Copenhagen. I am looking very much forward to working together with all four of them, says Dario Leister, Head of CPSC.

Stephan Wenkel Stephan Wenkel comes from the University of Tübingen in Germany, where he is Research Group Leader in Plant Genetics at the Center for Plant Molecular Biology. He is studying the role of microProteins in plant development and adaptation. He has recently obtained an ERC Starting Grant and will continue his work at the CPSC.
Sebastian Marquardt is joining us form the Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. His lab will study how the process of transcribing non-coding genomic regions, as well as the resulting long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) products contribute to plant environmental interactions. He has previously identified how lncRNA control flowering in Arabidopsis. More recently, he has developed Systems Biology techniques in budding yeast to identify regulators of lncRNA biogenesis from an origin conserved between plants and yeasts. Sebastian Marquardt
Mathias Pribil Mathias Pribil has been Group leader for the past years at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany, where he has been working on dissecting the regulatory mechanisms of thylakoid phosphorylation and its impact on the acclimation of photosynthesis to light changes. The aim has been to unravel how thylakoid phosphorylation regulates photosynthetic electron flow and thylakoid ultrastructure and how thylakoid phosphorylation is embedded in the inter-compartmental networks that regulate and coordinate gene expression
Fernando Geu-Flores comes from a position as Senior Research Associate at the John Innes Centre, Department of Biological Chemistry, in Norwich, UK. His research focuses on the identification of biosynthetic pathways leading to bioactive compounds such as terpenoids and alkaloids. He has worked with chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and bioinformatics as well as transport biology. Fernando Geu-Flores

The four researchers will start at Copenhagen Plant Science Centre at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015.