Research Area 4

Theoretical Plant Biology and Data Science

Research Area 4 complements RA1-3 by addressing common fundamental research questions with theoretical models. RA4 develops bioinformatics and mechanistic modeling approaches to theoretically describe and investigate intra- and intercellular processes, such as developmental transitions, resource allocation strategies, and plant-soil-microbe interactions. RA4 will advance scientific knowledge by providing alternative in silico workbenches in the form of theoretical models for the analyses of biological systems in RA1-3. The computational and mathematical frameworks will allow deeper interpretation and integration of experimental data generated within CEPLAS and beyond. Leveraging the power of coordinated experimental and theoretical plant research to derive quantitative and predictive mathematical models will provide novel insights into the emergence and evolution of complex traits and diverse interacting genetic and environmental factors and how they affect plant performance, thus enabling predictive trait manipulation. By generating new testable hypotheses, RA4 will drive the design of novel experiments to generate deeper understanding of the mechanisms interacting across different spatiotemporal scales.

Coordinators

Prof. Dr. Nadine Töpfer

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Institute for Plant Sciences, COPT Center
University of Cologne

Members

Prof. Dr. Ilka Axmann
CEPLAS Ilka Axmann
Principal Investigator, Research Area 3,4
Dr. Jan Piotr Buchmann
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 4
Prof. Dr. George Coupland
CEPLAS George Coupland
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,3,4
Dr. Craig Dent
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 4
Prof. Dr. Oliver Ebenhöh
CEPLAS Oliver Ebenhöh
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4
Dr. Julia Engelhorn

CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 4

Dr. Pau Formosa-Jordan
Contributing Investigator, Research area 1, 3, 4
Prof. Dr. Wolf B. Frommer
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4
Dr. Lianne Gahan
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 4
Dr. Rubén Garrido Oter
CEPLAS Rubén Garrido Oter
CEPLAS Contributing Investigator, Research Area 2,3,4
Dr. Shishir K Gupta
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1,4
Dr. Mohsen Hajheidari
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 4
Dr. Thomas Hartwig
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,3, 4
Prof. Dr. Gunnar W. Klau
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,4
Prof. Dr. Markus Kollmann
CEPLAS Markus Kollmann
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 4
Prof. Dr. Stanislav Kopriva
CEPLAS Stanislav Kopriva
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4
Prof. Dr. Maria von Korff Schmising
CEPLAS Maria von Korff Schmising
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,4
Dr. Chilperic Armel Foko Kuate
CEPLAS researcher, Research Area 4
Prof. Dr. Martin Lercher
CEPLAS Martin Lercher
Principal Investigator, Research Area 3,4
Tiago Moreira Machado
Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 4
Prof. Dr. Anna Matuszyńska

Contributing Investigator, Research Area 4

Prof. Dr. Juliette de Meaux
CEPLAS Juliette de Meaux
Principal Investigator, Research Area 4
Prof. Dr. Raphaël Mercier
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1, 4
Dr. Polina Novikova
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 4
Prof. Dr. Markus Pauly
CEPLAS Markus Pauly
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4
Dr. Adélaïde Raguin

Contributing Investigator, Research Area 4

Prof. Dr. Laura Rose
CEPLAS Laura Rose
Principal Investigator, Research Area 2,4
Dr. Nima P. Saadat

CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 4

Prof. Dr. Korbinian Schneeberger

Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,4

Kerstin Schulz
Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 4
Prof. Dr. Paul Schulze-Lefert
CEPLAS Paul Schulze-Lefert
Principal Investigator, Research Area 2,3,4
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr
CEPLAS Ulrich Schurr
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,2,4
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Simon
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,3,4
Prof. Dr. Markus Stetter

Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,4

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Stich
CEPLAS Benjamin Stich
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,3,4
Dr. Jędrzej Jakub Szymański
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1, 3, 4
Prof. Dr. Nadine Töpfer
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1, 4
Prof. Dr. Miltos Tsiantis
CEPLAS Miltos Tsiantis
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,3,4
Prof. Dr. Björn Usadel
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,4
Dr. Yi Wang

CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 3, 4

Prof. Dr. Andreas P.M. Weber
CEPLAS Andreas Weber
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,3,4
Dr. St. Elmo Wilken
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 2,4
Tom Winkler
Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 4
Dr. Jia Yu
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 4
Prof. Dr. Alga Zuccaro
CEPLAS Alga Zuccaro
Principal Investigator, Research Area 2,3,4
Dr. Simon Maria Zumkeller

CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 4

Prof. Dr. Matias Zurbriggen
CEPLAS Matias Zurbriggen
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4