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13.1 - Biology
3 - PhD
Free University of Berlin, Germany
Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy
PhD Degree in Molecular mechanisms regulating cytokinin metabolism in the plant cell
Language requirements
IELTS (6,5) or TOEFL iBT (90)
Academic requirements
A master degree in following subject areas: - molecular biology - genetics - plant biology/physiology - developmental biology - cell biology - biochemistry The candidate is expected to be familiar with the basic techniques of molecular biology; experience with plant research is advantageous but not obligatory.
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Cytokinin is a plant hormone that influences many aspects of plant growth and development. It is a key morphogenic factor controlling cell division and differentiation. The cellular concentration of active cytokinin molecules is decisive factor for the correct physiological responses and is therefore tightly regulated by multiple reactions. Metabolically, most relevant processes maintaining the cellular cytokinin homeostasis are de novo biosynthesis, catabolic degradation, as well as various metabolic interconversions and modifications The project will be mainly focus on characterization of molecular mechanisms regulating the catabolic pathway, which involves cytokinin oxidases/dehydrogenases enzymes. Further, the intracellular distribution of the hormone molecules and the transporting protein machinery mediating this process will be studied. A broad spectrum of genetic, molecular biological, cellular and biochemical approaches and setups will be employed.
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36 months between Jul 15 2014 and Jul 14 2017
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Dr. Tomas Werner (