Das Team der Arbeitsgruppe Maurino

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Arbeitsgruppenleiterin

Vertretungsprofessorin in Botanik (Universität zu Köln)

Heisenberg-Stipendiatin

Priv. Doz. Dr. Veronica G. Maurino

Gebäude: 26.03
Etage/Raum: U1.23
Tel.: +49 211 81-12368

The long-term goal of my research is a deep systemic understanding of four central aspects of photosynthesis: (1) photoinduced production of reactive oxygen and carbonyl species; (2) photoprotective acclimation in dynamic environments; (3) involvement of organic acids in photosynthetic carbon assimilation in C3 and C4 plants; and (4) photorespiration. We strive to provide the 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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Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Dr. Yuanyuan Li

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

In my work I am combining genetic engineering, mutagenesis, and artificial selection to implement C4 photosynthesis in the C3 plant A. thaliana.

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Gastwissenschaftlerin (DAAD fellow)

Dr. Mariana Badia

Gebäude: 26.03
Etage/Raum: U1.37

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Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Meike Hüdig M.Sc.

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

In my PhD project, I investigate how the NAD-dependent malic enzyme of C4 plants differs from its C3 counterparts by 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.

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.

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Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Anastasiia Bovdilova M.Sc.

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

In my PhD project, I am working on the post-translational regulation and structural characterization of major C4 proteins. Specifically, I am assessing the significance of identified post-translational modifications of the photosynthetic maize NADP-malic enzyme in vitro (heterologous protein production and kinetics studies) and in vivo studies (using antibodies specific to the identified PTMs).

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Master Student

Daniel Wrobel B.Sc.

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

In my master thesis, I am working on chloroplast originated H2O2 signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana. The central point of my work is the analysis of the time-dependent expression of transcription factors as a response to chloroplastic produced H2O2.

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Bachelor Studentin

Fatiha Atanjaoui

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

My bachelor thesis deals with the evolution of NAD-dependent malic enzyme from a TCA cycle associated enzyme to its role in photosynthesis. Precisely, I investigate one of the β subunits and its molecular differences in C3 and C4 Cleome species.

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Bachelor Studentin

Maha Jamil

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

The aim of my Bachelor thesis is the biochemical analysis of newly identified acetylation sites in the mitochondrial malate dehydrogenase (mMDH) from the C3 plant Arabidobsis thaliana. For this, the amino acid residues identified are exchanged to glutamine by site-directed mutagenesis and the mutated protein is heterologously produced in E. coli. The isolated proteins produced are used to determine the main biochemical properties in comparison to the wild-type form.

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Bachelor Student

Sergej Britner

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

Alumni

Dr. Sabine Wulfert

Dr. Alexander Maier

Dr. Nils Jaspert

Dr. Alexandra Maier

Dr. Nasser Sewelan (DAAD Fellow)

Dr. Martin Engqvist


Dr. Martina Zell


Dr. Anke Kuhn



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. 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

Vertretungsprofessorin in Botanik (Universität zu Köln)

Heisenberg-Stipendiatin

Priv. Doz. Dr. Veronica G. Maurino

Entwicklungs- und Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen
Heinrich-Heine-Universität
Düsseldorf
Universitätsstraße 1
Gebäude: 26.03
Etage/Raum: U1.23
Tel.: +49 211 81-12368
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