Das Team der Arbeitsgruppe Maurino

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Arbeitsgruppenleiterin

Prof. Dr. Veronica G. Maurino

Tel.: +49-228-73-2686

The long-term goal of my research is a deep systemic understanding of specific cellular metabolite damage control systems in land plants and algae. Furthermore, we strive to provide basis for the development and implementation of strategies to improve organisms in terms of efficient resource utilization and enhanced yield. To achieve these goals, my group combines extensive expertise in plant physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology into a vigorous, interdisciplinary research program.

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Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Dr. Jessica Schmitz

Gebäude: 26.03
Etage/Raum: U1.37
Tel.: +49 211 81-15446

Spontaneous reactions of metabolites and side reactions of enzymes will inevitably lead to the formation of toxic by-products. Accumulation of those toxic metabolites needs to be tightly controlled to prevent cellular damage. Therefore, metabolite repair pathways must not only detoxify unwanted products fast and efficiently, but must also keep energetic loss for the organism as small as possible. Current research is focused on the biochemical properties and physiological significance of two distinct metabolite repair pathways: (1) the Glyoxalase System, found in nearly all domains of life, and (2) the Photorespiratory Cycle, unique for phototrophic organisms.

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Gastwissenschaftlerin

Dr. Mariana Badia

Gebäude: 26.03
Etage/Raum: U1.37

Lysine acetylation is a post-translational modification involved in the regulation of several enzymes of plant metabolism, and the most abundant modification in mitochondrial proteins. The mitochondrial acetylome of A. thaliana showed acetylation in two key enzymes of malate metabolism: malate dehydrogenase and malic enzyme. My current research is dedicated to analyze the acetylation of these enzymes in vitro, and determine the influence of this modification on their kinetic, regulatory and structural properties.

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Gastwissenschaftler

Dr. Nasser Sewelam

Gebäude: 26.03
Etage/Raum: U1.37

In their natural habitats, plants are rarely to be subjected to a single stress. My project introduces a more complex experimental design of a multi-stress condition that mimics arid environments, where plants, simultaneously, experience a combination of drought, high temperature and salt stresses. The plant response to single, double and triple combinations of these abiotic stresses are investigated at the molecular and physiological levels. The work is extended to study the plant susceptibility when these stresses are joined with different pathogen attacks.


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Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Dr. Meike Hüdig

Gebäude: 26.03
Etage/Raum: U1.37
Tel.: +49 211 81-15446

Current projects focus on (1) C4 photosynthesis and how the NAD-dependent malic enzyme of C4 plants differs from its C3 counterparts using different species of the Cleome genus. Also, I work on the identification and functional significance of posttranslational modifications that may occur in these enzymes. (2) To understand function and regulation of malate respiring enzymes in mitochondria in more detail, I utilize a combination of reverse genetic, physiological and biochemical approaches in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.

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Master Student

Martin Dümmel B.Sc.

Gebäude: 26.03
Etage/Raum: U1.37
Tel.: +49 211 81-15446

In my Master thesis, I am characterizing the enzymes of the Glyoxalase system. Hereby, I am analyzing T-DNA lines and CRISPR/Cas9 generated loss-of-function lines. Furthermore, I am determining the influence of methylglyoxal, the major substrate of the Glyoxalase system, on the intracellular glutathione levels.

Dr. Anastasiia Bovdilova

Dr. Yuanyuan Li

Dr. Sabine Wulfert

Dr. Alexander Maier

Dr. Nils Jaspert

Dr. Alexandra Maier

Dr. Martin Engqvist


Dr. Martina Zell


Dr. Anke Kuhn



M. Sc. Daniel Wrobel

M. Sc. Christian-Claus Wolff

M. Sc. Caren Wienkenhöver

M. Sc. Dennis Brockmann

M. Sc. Pia Dahlhoff

M. Sc. Charis Dittmar

M. Sc. Marc Schmidt

M. Sc. Dieter Meier

M. Sc. Judith Wienstroer

 

B. Sc. Maha Jamil

B. Sc. Fatiha Athanjaoui

B. Sc. Elena Henkel

B. Sc. Martin Prescher

B. Sc. Isabell Scherrers

B. Sc. Laura Seidel

B. Sc. Robert Stabel


B. Sc. Marc-Norman Scheuer

B. Sc. Thomas Schlemper


Dorien Engelaender, Techn.

 

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Arbeitsgruppenleiterin

Prof. Dr. Veronica G. Maurino

Molecular Plant Physiology Group
Institute of Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology of Plants (IMBIO)
University of Bonn
Kirschallee 1
53115 Bonn
Tel.: +49-228-73-2686
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