Dr Maria Derkacheva

Postdoctoral Scientist
Cyril Zipfel Group

I got my Master in Biology from the Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia. During my Master time I was interested in ciliate biology and worked under supervision of Dr. Skovorodkin in the Institute of Cytology in St. Petersburg. I also got a Eurogene fellowship to work in the laboratory of Prof. S. Vainio in Oulu Biocenter, Finland. This was my first international working experience and it encouraged me to apply for a PhD abroad. I moved to Zurich, Switzerland, to do my PhD at the ETH Zurich in the group of Prof. Hennig and Prof. Gruissem. During my PhD I worked as well at the SLU, Uppsala, Sweden. My work was focused on epigenetic regulation of gene expression in Arabidopsis. Afterwards I wanted to do more applied research and I moved to France and worked for 1.3 years on the regulation of meiosis in Arabidopsis in the group of Dr. Mercier at the INRA, Versailles. I joined Prof. Zipfel group at the Sainsbury laboratory in October 2016. My work will focus on characterization of the role of BIK1 substrates in plant immune response.


Derkacheva M, Liu S, Figueiredo D, Gentry M, Mozgova I, Nanni P, Tang M, Mannervik M, Köhler C, Hennig L (2016)

H2A deubiquitinases UBP12/13 are part of the Arabidopsis polycomb group protein system. Nature Plants, 15(2):16126. doi: 10.1038/nplants.2016.126

Mehdi S, Derkacheva M, Ramstrom M, Kralemann L, Bergquist J, Hennig L (2015)

The WD40 Domain Protein MSI1 Functions in a Histone Deacetylase Complex to Fine-Tune Abscisic Acid Signaling. Plant Cell, 28 (1):42-54. doi: 10.1105/tpc.15.00763

Derkacheva M, Hennig L (2014)

Variations on a theme: Polycomb group proteins in plants. J. Exp. Botany, Jun;65(10):2769-84

Derkacheva M, Steinbach Y, Wildhaber T, Mozgova I, Mahrez W, Nanni P, Bischof S, Gruissem W, Hennig L (2013)

Arabidopsis MSI1 connects LHP1 to PRC2 complexes. EMBO J. Jul 17;32(14):2073-85

Hennig L, Derkacheva M (2009)

Diversity of Polycomb group complexes in plants: same rules, different players? Trends Genet 25, 414-423

Sabaneyeva EV, Derkacheva ME, Benken KA, Fokin SI, Vainio S, Skovorodkin IN (2009)

Actin-based mechanism of holospora obtusa trafficking in Paramecium caudatum. Protist 160, 205-219

Job History

2015 – 2016 Parental leave

2013 – 2015 Postdoctoral Scientist, INRA Versailles, France

2011 – 2013 Researcher, SLU Uppsala, Sweden

2008 – 2013 PhD student, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

2006 – 2008 Master with honours, Saint-Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia

2006 – 2007 Undergraduate Student, Biocenter Oulu, Oulu, Finland

2004 – 2008 Undergraduate Student, Institute of Cytology, St. Petersburg, Russia