Good news: Jan has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant
The ERC has decided to support our project "TerreStriAL" with 1.49 million euros. For the next five years, we will work on a comparative approach to infer the molecular toolkit that the earliest land plants have likely put to use in responding to terrestrial stressors. In this interdisciplinary research, we will generate multi-omics data on the closest algal relatives of land plants, the streptophyte algae, and compare these with data on land plants. Altogether, we will shed light on the evolution of key stress response mechanisms and pathways across more than 600 million years of streptophyte evolution.