Our research focuses on four partly interconnected topics: plant lipid droplets (also referred to as oil bodies or oleosomes), pollen development and pollen tube growth, analytics of small metabolites, and plant-pathogen interactions (as part of the IRTG PRoTECT).
Main subject of our research are the model organisms Arabidopsis thaliana and Nicotiana tabacum, but also less well-studied plants like tiger nuts (Cyperus esculentus, also called earth almond) are examined.
Our spectrum of methods ranges from molecular biology (e.g. CRISPR/Cas9), over cell biology (e.g. confocal laser scanning microscopy) to biochemistry (e.g. LC/MS-based proteomics) and bioanalytics (e.g. GC-MS, GC-FID).