Scientists

Nachname Titel Vorname E-Mail Adresse Telefonnummer
Ahn Yun-Jae ahn@ipk-gatersleben.de
ORCID iD icon0000-0002-6510-3532
+49 39482 5-673
Amutha Suriya amutha@ipk-gatersleben.de
ORCID iD icon0000-0002-2940-4354
+49 39482 5-683
Ayoub Mohammad Abdelmordy ayoub@ipk-gatersleben.de
ORCID iD icon0000-0001-9371-3277
+49 39482 5-673
Cuacos Dr. Maria cuacos@ipk-gatersleben.de
ORCID iD icon0000-0003-4910-7311
+49 39482 5-216
Dubey Reena dubey@ipk-gatersleben.de
ORCID iD icon0000-0002-2074-4854
Feng Dr. Chao feng@ipk-gatersleben.de
ORCID iD icon0000-0002-1422-0296
+49 39482 5-216
Heckmann Dr. Stefan heckmann@ipk-gatersleben.de
ORCID iD icon0000-0002-0189-8428
+49 39482 5-608
Nyarko Charles Addo nyarko@ipk-gatersleben.de
Steckenborn Diaz Coria Stefan steckenborn@ipk-gatersleben.de
ORCID iD icon0000-0002-0009-3724
+49 39482 5-216

Lab Technicians

Nachname Titel Vorname E-Mail Adresse Telefonnummer
Hartmann Franziska hartmannf@ipk-gatersleben.de +49 39482 5-140
Lorenz Jana lorenz@ipk-gatersleben.de +49 39482 5-403

 

 

 

Dr. Stefan Heckmann - Group Leader ([link]ORCID)

After completing his Diploma studies at the University of Kassel in 2009 (research project was performed in the lab of Ingo Schubert at the IPK Gatersleben), Stefan stayed on to complete a PhD with Andreas Houben at the IPK receiving his PhD from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in 2013 where he investigated the structure and regulation of centromeres in mono- and holocentric chromosomes. In 2013 he moved to the lab of Chris Franklin at the University of Birmingham, studying different aspects of plant meiosis and plant meiotic recombination. In 2016 he was awarded a junior researcher fellowship from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to establish his independent research group which he started in October 2016 at the IPK. Research in the lab focusses on the process of plant meiosis that generates genetic variation through homologous recombination.

You can contact him via [link]heckmann(at)ipk-gatersleben.de or +49 (0)039482 5608 and you’ll find him in the genetics building room 0.51.

 

 

Yun-Jae Ahn – PhD student ([link]ORCID)

Jae completed her undergraduate and master’s studies in Horticultural Science in 2015 and 2017, respectively, at Kyungpook National University in South Korea focussing on flower breeding of Lily and hibiscus. She has a particular interest in chromosome biology research and its application for plant breeding. Jae joined the meiosis team in December 2017. Since April 2018 she is an early-stage researcher in frame of [link]MEICOM a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (ITN) H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017. Together with the research group [link]Chromosome Structure and Function of Andreas Houben she aims to identify factors influencing the meiotic recombination landscape in barley using single pollen genotyping.

You can contact her via [link]ahn(at)ipk-gatersleben.de or +49 (0)039482 5673 and you’ll find her in the genetics building room 1.38.

 

 

Suriya Tamilselvan Nattar Amutha – PhD Student ([link]ORCID)

Suriya completed his undergraduate studies at the Government College of Technology in Coimbatore in 2015. In 2019 he finished his master studies in Agrobiotechnology at Justus Liebig University (JLU) of Giessen doing his thesis under supervision of Dr. Christian Obermeier and Prof. Dr. Rod Snowdon in the Institute of Plant Breeding (JLU, Giessen) to study sequencing-based structural variations in two Oilseed rape cultivar genomes. During a 3-month internship in 2019 in the Meiosis team at IPK he got interested in crop meiosis and its implications for plant breeding. In January 2020 he joined the Meiosis team as a PhD student funded by an IPK-flagship project in frame of the IPK research theme  FSP3 "Mechanisms of plant reproduction" ([link]IPK Research Themes). He is using and developing virus-based tools for the fast and efficient characterization of reproductive genes in cereals including virus-mediated gene silencing (VIGS) to transiently alter the expression of meiotic proteins and to change patterns of epigenetic modifications to manipulate meiotic recombination rates in barley.

 

You can contact him via [link]amutha(at)ipk-gatersleben.de or +49 (0)039482 5683 and you’ll find him in the genetics building room 1.35.

 

 

Mohammad Abdelmordy Ayoub – PhD student ([link]ORCID)

Mohammad completed his undergraduate studies at Cairo University in 2011. His master’s studies at Utrecht University he finished in 2016 performing two internships in the labs of Geert Kops and Wolfgang Zachariae, respectively. Mo has a particular interest in cell cycle research and plant breeding. He joined the Meiosis team in May 2017 performing his PhD research within the frame of the BMBF-funded project [link]HERBY. He aims to identify whether genes known from Arabidopsis also affect meiotic recombination rates in barley.

You can contact him via [link]ayoub(at)ipk-gatersleben.de or +49 (0)039482 5673 and you’ll find him in the genetics building room 1.38.

 

 

Dr. Maria Cuacos Marcos - Postdoctoral researcher ([link]ORCID)

Maria started her studies in plant science focusing on neocentromeres during rye meiosis at Complutense University Madrid receiving her PhD in 2013 under supervision of Juan Vega and Maria Jesus Puertas. In 2014 she started as Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham in the lab of Sue Armstrong and later on in the lab of Chris Franklin investigating meiotic recombination and meiotic chromosome behavior in diploid and polyploid Brassicaceae. She joined the Meiosis team in autumn 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher working on different aspects of meiosis, e.g. meiotic chromosome axis remodeling in Brassica rapa and Arabidopsis thaliana or the role of CENH3 phosphorylation for meiotic centromere function. Her current focus as a postdoctoral researcher funded by an IPK-flagship project in frame of research theme FSP3 ([link]IPK Research Themes) is harnessing light-sheet fluorescence microscopy for the study of reproductive processes in Arabidopsis, barley and wheat.

 

You can contact her via [link]cuacos(at)ipk-gatersleben.de or +49 (0)039482 5216 and you’ll find her in the genetics building room 1.36.

 

 

Reena Dubey – MSc Student ([link]ORCID)

Reena completed her undergraduate studies in agriculture at Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar in 2018. Since 2018 she is doing her international masters in plant breeding at the International Centre of Advanced Mediterranean Agronomy in Zaragoza. In summer 2019 she joined us in the Meiosis team at IPK for an internship and got interested in the implications of meiotic recombination for plant breeding. In November 2019 Reena came back for her masters project to explore tools for inducing and detecting meiotic recombination events.

You can contact her via [link]dubey(at)ipk-gatersleben.de or +49 (0)039482 5477 and you’ll find her in the genetics building room 1.33.

 

 

Dr. Chao Feng – Postdoctoral researcher ([link]ORCID)

Chao completed his undergraduate studies in Biology in 2010 at Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan. Then he moved to Beijing to start his PhD study focused on maize centromere biology and CRISPR-Cas9 mediated genome editing at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD in 2017 under supervision of Dr. Fangpu Han. Chao is very interested in plant meiosis as well as plant chromosome and centromere biology. He joined the meiosis team in autumn 2018 working as a postdoctoral researcher in frame of the ERA-CAPS (DFG) funded project MEIOREC. His project is focused on studying post-translational protein modifications of meiotic chromosome axis and SC proteins and their impact on CO formation in Arabidopsis and barley.

 

You can contact him via [link]feng(at)ipk-gatersleben.de or +49 (0)039482 5216 and you’ll find him in the genetics building room 1.36.

 

 

Franziska Hartmann – Research Technician

Franziska joined the Meiosis team in 2018 as part of her trainee program at the IPK. After successful completion of her trainee program, she joined the Meiosis team in January 2020 as research technician.

You can contact her via [link]hartmannf(at)ipk-gatersleben.de or +49 (0)039482 5403 and you’ll find her in the genetics building room 0.20.

 

 

 Jana Lorenz – Research technician

Jana joined the Meiosis team in January 2017 working in the context of the BMBF-funded project [link]HERBY.

 

 

You can contact her via [link]lorenz(at)ipk-gatersleben.de or +49 (0)039482 5403 and you’ll find her in the genetics building room 0.20.

 

 

Stefan Steckenborn Diaz Coria – PhD student ([link]ORCID)

Stefan completed his undergraduate and master’s studies at the National and Autonomous University of Mexico (U.N.A.M.) focusing on histone marks related to DNA DSBs repair in the root apical meristem of Arabidopsis under supervision of Dr. Ma. De la Paz Sánchez-Jiménez. Stefan has a particular interest in crop breeding and food security and thus joined the Meiosis team in March 2017 to do his PhD in the context of the BMBF-funded project [link]HERBY. He is interest whether artificially induced DSBs can trigger CO formation using Arabidopsis as model and barley as crop species.

You can contact him via [link]coria(at)ipk-gatersleben.de or +49 (0)039482 5216 and you’ll find him in the genetics building room 1.36.