Signal perception at the cell surface and transduction of this signal to the cell’s interior is essential to all life forms. Plants have evolved membrane-integral receptor proteins and associated signaling cascades that drastically differ from the well-studied systems in animals. Our aim is to dissect these signaling pathways in mechanistic detail.

A second line of research aims at uncovering the roles of inositol and inorganic polyphosphates in plants. We are interested where these phosphate- and energy-rich molecules are located within cells, how they are being synthesized/broken down and what’s their cellular function and physiological role.

In collaboration with the group of Roman Ulm we dissect different aspects of plant light signal transduction in mechanistic detail.

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