@Sprouting from the Root

Chilling stress

A unique temperature effect


We are fascinated by the extraordinary capabilities of plant roots to generate different types of organs (such as lateral roots, nodules, root sprouts and tubers) and to adapt to unfavorable and often damaging environmental conditions (such as cold, drought and salinity), and aim to learn from the roots how plants originate, develop and experience the changing world.

Research Interests

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling the origin and development of cells, tissues, and organs.
  • Regulatory processes that explain the emergence of higher order properties in a developmental system in a changing climate.
  • Next-generation synthetic biology tools for synthetic pattern formation, induction of cellular states and creation of cellular memory.

Research Areas

  • Root stress biology
  • Plant regenerative biology
  • Root synthetic biology

Research Models

  • the eudicot plant Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis)
  • the monocot crop Oryza sativa (Rice)

Research Present and Future

Cell death

A program to regenerate

Root cap

A sensory organ