Kristin Konopatzki


College / University

Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Biosciences (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Plant Science, Biochemistry)




Lab Experience

GreenGate cloning, bacterial transformation, plant transformation via A. tumefaciens, genome editing with CRISPR/Cas9 and subsequent screen in A. thaliana, transient expression in N. benthamiana, DNA/RNA isolation, PCR/RT-qPCR, recombinant expression of proteins in E. coli, Western blot, SDS-PAGE, fluorescence microscopy, lipid analysis via TLC and GC, ELISA, human cell culture, microtome section of tissues.

Projects / Research

  • 2021: “Lessons from a CRISPR vha-a2 vha-a3 screen – How targeting and screening procedures can be improved by a modular CRISPR/Cas9 system” – Supervised by Prof. Dr. Karin Schumacher, Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg
  • 2020: “Verification of inducible ectopic expression of BRAVO in early lateral root development” – Supervised by Prof. Dr. Alexis Maizel, Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg
  • 2020: “Selection and Imaging of pH & ROS sensors in lateral roots” – Supervised by Prof. Dr. Alexis Maizel, Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg

Scholarships / Awards

2021 – 2022: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2020: Scholarship by DAAD for a Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) in Canada, University of Saskatchewan
2017: Erasmus + Scholarship for Traineeship at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Alnarp


My scientific interest focuses on plant biology, especially on the fields of molecular and cellular plant biology and biotechnology. I believe that in a world as ours, it already has become and will become more important to study plants in basic science as well as applied science. Growing crops that are resistant to different, severe environmental cues is an obstacle we need to negotiate, as we are obligated to feed the increasing world population while dealing with climate change and its impact. However, my goal for completion of the M.Sc. is to acquire a widespread knowledge in molecular biology in general and get experience in fields that I am less familiar with yet. I am especially interested in broadening my expertise in protein-related work and structural biology.