Dr Nadine Ilk

Postdoctoral Scientist
The 2Blades Group

I have always been fascinated about plants and their ability to adapt and endure in ever changing environments and conditions. This interest prompted me to study the genetics of natural variation in plants, which in part can explain this adaptability.

I started my scientific career working on abiotic stress, in particular the effect of high light and low temperature on flowering time and pigmentation in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. I realised that the experience I gained in performing this fundamental research could also be used to solve current issues in agriculture.  Additional the challenge to work on biotic stresses at TSL provides a great opportunity to broaden my scientific expertise.

Currently, I am working in a team that aims to develop durable resistance against the causal agent of Asian Soybean Rust, the obligate biotrophic fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi.

Dr Nadine Ilk-Maintz
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Ilk N, Ding J, Ihnatowicz A, Koornneef M, Reymond M (2014)

Natural variation for anthocyanin accumulation under high-light and low-temperature stress is attributable to the ENHANCER OF AG-4 2 (HUA2) locus in combination with PRODUCTION OF ANTHOCYANIN PIGMENT1 (PAP1) and PAP2. New Phytol. 2014 Nov 26. doi: 10.1111/nph.13177. [Epub ahead of print]

Ghandilyan, A., Ilk, N. et al. (2009)

A strong effect of growth medium and organ type on the identification of QTLs for phytate and mineral concentrations in three Arabidopsis thaliana RIL populations. J. Exp. Bot, 60, 1409-1425.

Job History

2014 – present Postdoctoral Scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK.

2011 – 2013 Postdoctoral Researcher, Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany.

2008 – 2011 PhD Student, Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany.

2001 – 2007 Diploma Student, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany.

2007 Guest Lecturer in Biology and English, Rajamangala University of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.

2005 Student Internship, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.