Dr. Götz Hensel

Research focus

The main focus is on targeted genome modification of plants. This includes classical transgenic approaches but also the use of new methods of targeted mutagenesis, better known as CRISPR/Cas technology. The aim will be to establish and develop suitable vector and tissue culture systems for plant species that are in the research focus within CEPLAS, which will enable genetic transformation and thus genome modification.

The five most important publications

  1. Hensel G (2020) Genetic transformation of Triticeae cereals - summary of almost three-decade's development. Biotechnology Advances 40:107484.
  2. Marzec M and G Hensel (2018) Targeted base editing systems are available for plants. Trends in Plant Science 23:955–957.
  3. Budhagatapalli N, S Schedel, M Gurushidze, S Pencs, S Hiekel, T Rutten, S Kusch, R Morbitzer, T Lahaye, R Panstruga, J Kumlehn, and G Hensel (2016) A simple test for the cleavage activity of customized endonucleases in plants. Plant Methods 12:18.
  4. Pourkheirandish M, G Hensel, B Kilian, N Senthil, G Chen, M Sameri, P Azhaguvel, S Sakuma, S Dhanagond, R Sharma, M Mascher, A Himmelbach, S Gottwald, S Nair, A Tagiri, F Yukuhiro, Y Nagamura, H Kanamori, T Matsumoto, G Willcox, C Middleton, T Wicker, A Walther, R Waugh, GB Fincher, N Stein, J Kumlehn, K Sato, and T Komatsuda (2015) Evolution of the grain dispersal system in barley. Cell 162:527–539.
  5. Hensel G, C Kastner, S Oleszczuk, J Riechen, and J Kumlehn (2009) Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer to cereal crop plants: Current protocols for barley, wheat, triticale and maize. International Journal of Plant Genomics Article ID 835608, 9 pages, 2009, DOI:10.1155/2009/835608.
Dr. Götz Hensel

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Head of Centre for Plant Genome Engineering
Institute of Plant Biochemistry
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf