Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding

Dr. Oleksandra Kuchma

Department of Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding
Büsgen Institute
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Büsgenweg 2
D-37077 Göttingen
Tel: +49-551-3933540
E-mail: okuchma@gwdg.de

Personal Data, Career Path

1982 born in Chornivka, Ukraine
1999 – 2004 Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Dept. of Biology, Kyiv, Ukraine - Specialist’s degree in Biology, Qualification - Radiobiology
2002 – 2004 Technician, Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, laboratory of cell radiobiology
2004 – 2006 PhD-student, Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, laboratory of cell radiobiology; suspended
2007 – 2010 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), Department of Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding,
Büsgen Institute, Georg-August-University, Göttingen
2011 – 2012 - PostDoc at the Department of Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding,
Büsgen Institute, Georg-August-University, Göttingen
2012 - 2016 Coordinator and lecturer in the B.Sc. Molecular Ecosystem Sciences, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Georg-August-University, Göttingen; Biologist in the firma "Isogen"
Since 2016 - PostDoc in the "IMPAC3" project
Since 2017 - PostDoc in the "GenMon" project




Research Interests
• Mechanisms of response to biotic and abiotic stresses in plants
• Molecular genetics of plants
• Population genetics of plants
• Interactions between plants and other organisms

Participation in Research Projects
• The use of mycorrhizal fungi in phytoremediation projects (Project EC MYCOREM)
• Current state of GM crops in Ukraine and their possible influence on biodiversity (British Council)
• Application of foreign markers for evaluation of foreign genes’ transference (Ministry of Sciences of Ukraine)
• Introduction of methods for content evaluation of genetically modified components in foodstuffs, feeds and cosmetic products (Ministry of Ecology of Ukraine)
• Mutation rates in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) after the explosion on the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (DFG, Germany, 436 UKR 113/65/0-1)
• Genetic processes in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) in the Chernobyl exclusion zone (DFG, Germany, FI 569 /11-1
• Hasel und Schlehe: geografische Herkunft, genetische Differenzierung und Anpassungsfaehigkeit (Bundesministerium fuer Ernaerung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz)