I am intrigued by fungal plant pathogens and the mechanisms they use in order to infect their host plants.
To overcome plant immunity these pathogens deploy effector proteins, which get translocated into the host’s apolast or cytoplasm where they “reprogram” the plant or suppress immune responses. Understanding the underlying mechanisms of effector trafficking, function as well as adaptation to new hosts is what drives me forward.
In the current project I focus on effector protein adaptation and specialization in interactions of the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae with different host grasses after a host jump.
Postdoctoral ScientistThe Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
2015 - 2015
Postdoctoral ResearcherHeinrich-Heine University, Duessledorf, Germany
2011 - 2015
PhD StudentHeinrich-Heine University, Duessledorf, Germany
2013 - 2013
PhD Student (research stay)Michigan State University, East Lansing; US
2010 - 2011
InternshipNovartis, Basel, Switzerland
2009 - 2010
Diploma ThesisKarlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
Disentangling the complex gene interaction networks between rice and the blast fungus identifies a new pathogen effector