ABC - Department for Plant Biotechnology
I am a molecular biologist and my group is studying how plant small RNAs are involved in plant-microbe interactions. We use both next generation sequencing and analysis of sRNA biogenesis mutants, to globally identify expression changes of sRNAs in response to biotic stress in different plant species.
Our research is focused on potato genetics and metabolomics using the latest tools of molecular biology. One of the novel methods applied in our laboratory is genome-editing based on the CRISPR/Cas9 system. We aim to optimise the CRISPR/Cas9 system for potato and use it for molecular breeding early harvest potatoes.
The laboratory is focusing on the understanding of the role and mode of action of small regulatory RNAs in model and economically important plants. The aim of the research is to identify new and conservative small regulatory RNAs and plant factors influencing the development of economically important traits or plant development processes in general. Moreover, we intend to use the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology for basic and applied research purposes especially in barley.
Molecular aspects of plant-virus interaction focusing on the role of the RNA silencing related small RNAs. Virus induced RNA silencing and suppression