20 February 2015
New people at CPSC
6 new colleagues will join us at CPSC in March-April.
On 1 March Ting Yang will join Fernando Geu-Flores’ group as a postdoc. Ting comes from a postdoc position at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany, where she has been working on chemical analysis of nicotine and its metabolites as well as insect assay with plants containing different levels of nicotine. She did her PhD in Plant Physiology and Entomology at Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, focusing on the biosynthesis of terpenoids in plants to improve the plant resistance against fungi or insects.
Sophie Lisa Otterbach
Sophie will start in Fernando Geu Flores’ group as a PhD student on 1 March 2015. She has a MSc in Biotechnology from University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany. Her master thesis was titled “Expression analysis of resistance-related genes of Arabidopsis thaliana in response to infection with Verticillium longisporum”. Sophie has among other things done an internship at the Department of Plant Research at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, and has worked on a research project at University of Toronto, Canada in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology.
Omar Alejandro Sandoval Ibáñez
Omar will be starting as a PhD student in Mathias Pribil’s group on 1 March 2015. He finished his MSc in Biochemistry from Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, Chile in 2013. In his thesis work he studied the unsplice mRNA of bZIP60 involved in the salt stress response in Arabidopsis thaliana. He has furthermore worked with different aspects of nucleotide -sugar transporters (NSTs) involved in cell wall biosynthesis.
Anurag Sharma will join CPSC on 1 March 2015 as a postdoc in Mathias Pribil’s group. Anurag has a PhD in Biotechnology from the Molecular Biology Unit, Banaras Hindu University, India. He has since worked as a postdoc in the group of Prof. F. Ulrich Hartl at Max-Planck institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany. During his postdoctoral research he has worked on Rubisco regulation. Rubisco is a key enzyme involed in the fixation of the carbon into organic compounds by carboxylating Ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate (RuBP). His PhD focused on a protein named banyan peroxidase purified from the latex of a medicinal plant Ficus benghalensis. The protein was characterized using various biochemical and biophysical methods.
Esther Botterweg Paredes
On 1 March 2015 Esther will be starting as a PhD student at CPSC. She has a Masters of Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Barcelona. She did a Master thesis internship at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in Barcelona studying the Molecular mechanisms controlling carotenoid biosynthesis in tomato fruit. Esther will be a part of Stephan Wenkel’s group.
Shin-Young Hong will start as a postdoc in Stephan Wenkel’s group on 1 April 2015. She has a PhD from Chonbuk National University in Korea on Production and Characterization of Human Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor and Humanized Tumor Associated Glycoprotein 72 Antibody by Transgenic Rice Cell Suspension Culture. She has since worked as a postdoc and senior researcher at Frauenhofer institute for molecular biotechnology, at Seoul National University, at Frauenhofer Korea Center for Biopharmaceutical Research and at Korea Basic Science Institute. Her most recent research has been on Development of a rapid biosensor system to detect human noroviruses. Shin-Young also has experience with the function of microProtein in Arabidobsis.
Welcome to Anurag, Esther, Omar, Shin-Young, Sophie and Ting!