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After two years of Covid break, the last weeks have been very productive in terms of in-person conference visits, presentations, poster sessions and discussions with other scientists from all over the world.

Juliette and Lea joined the Gordon Research Conference for Salt and Water Stress (GRC) in Les Diablerets, Switzerland. Justine attended Petit Pois Déridé 2022 in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France, and Neda participated in the European Meeting for PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB27) taking place in Espoo, Finland.

Welcome to our new PostDoc Tahir Ali. Previously, he has worked in the field of phylogenetics, populations genetics and phylogeographie of species included in the genus Microthlaspi.

We are excited to have you and your expertise in our team, Tahir!

Yasar Özoglan successfully defended her master thesis:

"Variation in glucosinolate profile in two Arabis floodplain species"


We wish you all the best for you future career!

Lina is a 2nd year master student from University of Toulouse and will spend the next weeks with us in the course of an internship in cooperation with Clermont Auvergne University and the Botanical Conservatory of Massif Central.

Julia Haagen successfully defended her bachelor thesis:

"Drought stress reaction in the backcross population between A. lyrata and A. halleri"


We wish you all the best for you future studies, Julia!

Margarita is leaving our group after more than four years of doing research together. She is moving to the United States to work as a PostDoc at Pennsylvania State Universtiy.

Good luck and all the best, Margarita! We enjoyed having you with us for so long.

Welcome to our new PhD student Abdul Saboor Khan. He started his PhD in the beginning of October and will investigate the role of small RNAs in stress responses of Arabis species.

Sofia El Hanafi successfully completed her bachelor project with us. With the help of diverse methods, Sofia was working on the identification of variance in flowering time genes in a local Cologne population. She will now start her Master's degree in Genetics at the University Paris-Diderot (Paris, France).

It was nice having you with us, Sofia! We wish you all the best!

Welcome to our new PostDoc Irina Ćalić. She is going to work with us on the evolution of gene regulation and polygenic adaptation.

We are excited to work with you, Irina!

Bene successfully defended his doctoral thesis:
“Polygenic architecture of growth rate in Arabidopsis thaliana”.

Committee: Juliette de Meaux & Tobias Bollenbach
Chair: Thomas Wiehe


We wish you all the best to your future endeavors, Bene!