Welcome to the Department of Plant Cell Biology
The Department of Plant Cell Biology is integrated in the Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences at the Georg-August-University of Goettingen and member of the Goettingen Centrum for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB).
The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. Volker Lipka, who is faculty member of the Faculty of Biology and the Goettingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB).
Our department is interested in the molecular analysis of plant innate immunity.
Our research is focused on the
1) molecular dissection of mechanisms that control activation of basal defense in the plant model Arabidopsis thaliana
2) analysis of defense mechanisms that contribute to resistance against fungal pathogens
3) identification of fungal effector molecules that interfere with the plant defense machinery and allow host plant colonization.
We combine genetics, cell biology, molecular biology and biochemical experimental strategies to gain novel insights into these complex mechanisms. For more details of ongoing research projects click on the research link.
Our research is currently funded in part by the following agencies: