Dr Katarzyna Rybak

Postdoctoral Scientist
Silke Robatzek Group

Intracellular trafficking is a very complex process that involves a large number of molecules, which in a highly specific manner regulates transport of cargo molecules to their destinations.

Previously, I worked on vesicle trafficking in the context of cytokinesis. In Silke Robatzek’s lab, I will focus on regulation of intracellular trafficking upon plant exposure to environmental cues, namely plant pathogens.

The aim of my study is to investigate downstream mechanisms of FLS2 transport upon its activation. My experimental plan integrates molecular genetics, biochemistry, proteomics, computational and cell biological methods, including confocal live imaging microscopy.
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Rybak K, Steiner A, Synek L, Klaeger S, Kulich I, Facher E, Wanner G, Kuster B, Zarsky V, Persson S, Assaad FF (2014)

Plant cytokinesis is orchestrated by the sequential action of the TRAPPII and exocyst tethering complexes. Dev. Cell 29, 607-620.

Thellmann M, Rybak K, Thiele K, Wanner G, Assaad FF (2010)

Tethering factors required for cytokinesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 154, 720-32.

Jaber E, Thiele K, Kindzierski V, Loderer C, Rybak K, Jürgens G, Mayer U, Söllner R, Wanner G, Assaad FF (2010)

A putative TRAPPII tethering factor is required for cell plate assembly during cytokinesis in Arabidopsis. New Phytologist. 187, 751-763.