During my PhD, the focus of my research was on how genetic distance between any two individuals can impact their offspring’s fitness. Specifically, I studied cases of hybrid necrosis in Arabidopsis thaliana, where high genetic variability present in components of the plant immune system can result in autoimmune offspring. In addition, I identified inbreeding depression, a consequence of too little parental genetic distance, as a common underlying cause of unfit A. arenosa segregating in wild populations.
At TSL, I look forward to diving into the world of plant-pathogen interactions, where I will focus on NLR (-network) macroevolution.
Postdoctoral ScientistThe Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
2021 - 2021
Postdoctoral ScientistMax Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany
2016 - 2020
PhD StudentMax Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany
2010 - 2016
BSc and MSc in BiologyUniversity of Tübingen, Germany
Small proteins modulate ion channel-like ACD6 to regulate immunity in Arabidopsis thaliana