CEPLAS Forschungspraktika 2018

Sind Sie Student/in an der Universität Düsseldorf oder Köln im 3./4. Semester des Bachelorstudienganges Biologie, Biochemie oder anderer Naturwissenschaften (insbesondere Physik, Mathematik und Informatik) und haben Interesse, die Forschungsarbeit im Bereich der molekularen Pflanzenwissenschaften aktiv kennen zu lernen? Dann bewerben Sie sich für ein vergütetes Forschungspraktikum in einer der teilnehmenden CEPLAS Forschungsgruppen in Köln, Düsseldorf oder Jülich.

Das Forschungspraktikum


Im Rahmen des Forschungspraktikums bearbeiten Sie ein pflanzenwissenschaftliches Thema in einer der teilnehmenden CEPLAS Arbeitsgruppen und werden dabei von einem Mitglied der jeweiligen Arbeitsgruppe betreut. 

Die Forschungspraktika werden mit einem Arbeitsvertrag als studentische Hilfskraft über ca. 120 Stunden vergütet und können zeitlich flexibel, z.B. in 3 Wochen ganztags (empfohlen) oder in 5 Wochen à 3 Tage/Woche, etc. absolviert werden. Die Durchführung des Praktikums sollte im Zeitraum zwischen Februar und September 2018 liegen.

Bitte beachten Sie, dass das Forschungspraktikum NICHT als Studienleistung anerkannt werden kann, da es vergütet wird und Studienleistungen nicht finanziell entlohnt werden dürfen!

Ausnahme: Studierende der Universität zu Köln können sich alternativ für ein 3-wöchiges Etagenpraktikum bewerben. Dieses wird als Studienleistung anerkannt (POL, 4 ECTS Punkte) und daher NICHT vergütet.

Übersicht der teilnehmenden CEPLAS Gruppen

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
AG Bauer, Institut für Botanik

Keywords: regulatory mechanisms that control Fe acquisition and distribution in plants; Fe signaling and identification and characterization of genes and proteins and the celluar network; selection of novel breeding targets as prerequisite for Fe bio-fortification approaches; model system Arabidopsis thaliana
Institut für Botanik

AG Ebenhöh, Institut für Quantitative und Theoretische Biologie

Keywords: development of mathematical models of plant energy metabolism and photosynthesis; investigation of acclimation processes of the electron transport chain; development of novel methods to simulate and describe the production and degradation of biopolymers; understanding timing of metabolism
Institut für Quantitative und Theoretische Biologie

AG Feldbrügge, Institut für Mikrobiologie

Keywords: fungal endophytes interacting with species of the Brassicaceae; fungal cultivation, development of DNA transformation systems; molecular characterisation of eukaryotic microorganisms and modification to gain novel properties beneficial to plants
Institut für Mikrobiologie

AG Frommer, Institut für molekulare Physiologie

Keywords: nutrient transport processes in plants; identification and characterization of key transporters (e.g. for carbohydrates); development of tools for monitoring protein activity in vivo, fluorescent biosensors; engineering of permissive sites in transporters

Institut für molekulare Physiologie

AG Groth, Institut für biochemische Pflanzenphysiologie

Keywords: properties of C4 type enzymes; structure determination by x-ray diffraction methods, site-specific amino acid substitution and kinetic studies on recombinant proteins from the C3 plant Flaveria pringlei and the C4 plant Flaveria trinervia; improvement of protein stability; C3 and C4 isoenzymes interacting molecules
Institut für biochemische Pflanzenphysiologie

AG Klau, Algorithmische Bioinformatik

Keywords: : development of data-driven models and algorithmic methods to understand biological processes; network biology; reconstruction of metagenomic network modules; integrative analysis of host-microbe interaction networks; development of new methods for genotype/phenotype studies, for rational growth, media design with flux balance analysis models and for reconstructing haplotypes molecules
Algorithmische Bioinformatik

AG Lercher, Institut für Bioinformatik

Keywords: molecular organization and evolution of cellular systems; combining functional metabolic modelling with evolutionary simulations; comparing evolutionary predictions with measured data
Institut für Bioinformatik

AG Maurino, Institut für Entwicklungs- und Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen

Keywords: systematic identification of regulatory amino-acid residues and posttranslational modifications (PTM) of major C4 proteins; biochemical and molecular analysis; circadian control of C4 photosynthetic proteins; comparison of closely related C3/C4 species
Institut für Entwicklungs- und Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen

AG Pauly, Institut für pflanzliche Zellbiologie und Biotechnologie

Keywords: cell wall of higher plant cells; cell wall material; classical carbohydrate chemistry based methods to describe the structure of particular wall polysaccharides; carbon flow from photosynthesis to wall and on a cell specific level.
Institut für pflanzliche Zellbiologie und Biotechnologie

AG Rose, Institut für Populationsgenetik

Keywords: reconstructing the evolutionary history of complex adaptations; quantitative evaluation of natural genetic variation combined with phenotyping under greenhouse and field conditions to uncover allelic differences among individuals; Biodiversity of protists living in close association with Arabidopsis sp.
Institut für Populationsgenetik

AG Schmitt, Institut für Biochemie

Keywords: understanding structural, dynamic and functional aspects of ABC transporters on a molecular level; in vitro biochemical, biophysical and structural approaches to study a set of ABC transporters
Institut für Biochemie

AG Simon, Institut für Entwicklungsgenetik

Keywords: growth and development of plant shoot and root meristems; intercellular signalling pathways; stem cells; meristems supporting annual or perennial growth patterns; identification of genes
Institut für Entwicklungsgenetik

AG Stich, Quantitative Genetik und Genomik der Pflanzen

Keywords: quantitative traits of agronomic importance; causes of natural phenotypic variation of crop plants on a molecular level; goal: prediction of phenotypic performance under various environmental conditions; innovative biostatistical procedures
Quantitative Genetik und Genomik der Pflanzen

AG Urlacher, Institut für Biochemie

Keywords: biochemical characterization of P450 enzymes and the elucidation of molecular mechanisms of their activity and selectivity; expression of selected plant P450 monooxygenases in recombinant hosts and investigation of substrate specificities in vitro; differences in substrate spectra of homologous P450s from different plants and their cross-activities
Institut für Biochemie

AG von Korff Schmising, Institut für Pflanzengenetik

Keywords: genetic control of reproductive development in barley; natural genetic variation and quantitative genetics; identification of novel flowering time loci and alleles using natural variation in wild and cultivated barley; molecular and environmental control of the shoot apical and axillary meristem development in barley; characterization of pleiotropic effects of flowering time regulators
Institut für Pflanzengenetik

AG Weber, Institut für Biochemie der Pflanzen

Keywords: plant cell biology and metabolism; photorespiration and C4 photosynthesis; evolutionary and comparative transcriptomics, systems biology, biochemistry, and plant physiology; a scientific basis and blueprints for synthetic biology approaches to maximize photosynthetic productivity
Institut für Biochemie der Pflanzen

AG Westhoff, Institut für Entwicklungs- und Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen

Keywords: molecular evolution of C4 photosynthesis; model system Flaveria; C4-specific gene regulatory systems and enzymes; C4 leaf anatomy and bundle-sheath ontogeny; genetic engineering of C4 rice
Institut für Entwicklungs- und Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen

AG Zeier, Institut für molekulare Ökophysiologie der Pflanzen

Keywords: secondary plant metabolites; abiotic and biotic stress; stress-inducible metabolic pathways; stress-inducible metabolites in a phylogenetic framework that covers selected Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes and selected Arabidopsis relatives; quantitative assessment of marker gene expression downstream of hormone production
Institut für molekulare Ökophysiologie der Pflanzen

AG Zurbriggen, Institut für Synthetische Biologie

Keywords: synthetic biology approaches to control and understand eukaryotic signalling processes and regulatory networks; synthetic signalling networks and metabolic pathways, biological sensors, and chemical and optical switches.
Institut für synthetische Biologie

Universität zu Köln
AG Bonkowski, Biozentrum Köln, Terrestrische Ökologie

Keywords: endophytic protists in plants and their feedback on plant genetics and physiology; pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae; identification of genetic mechanisms responsible for clubroot disease
Terrestrische Ökologie


AG Bucher, Biozentrum Köln

Keywords: plant root colonization with microbes; plant root-soil interface; elucidating the structure and function of the root endophytic mycoflora of annual and perennial Brassicaceae species; plant communication with root microbiota
AG Bucher


AG de Meaux, Biozentrum Köln, Molekulare Ökologie der Pflanzen

Keywords: dissecting the molecular mechanisms of Darwinian evolution in complex natural systems; model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana and its close relatives A. lyrata and A. halleri; development of new methods to track the action of natural selection at the molecular level
Molekulare Ökologie der Pflanzen


AG Döhlemann, Biozentrum Köln, Terrestrische Mikrobiologie

Keywords: molecular mechanisms of microbe-plant interactions; effector proteins of biotrophic microbes, which suppress host immunity and plant metabolism; plant cysteine proteases in immunity; organ-specific factors of both plant and colonizing microbe contribute to interaction outcomes
Terrestrische Mikrobiologie


AG Gigolashvili, Biozentrum Köln

Keywords: plant secondary metabolites; glucosinolate biosynthesis plant-microbiome interactions; identification of novel “metabolic regulons”, including transcription factors, biosynthetic enzymes and transporter proteins, which are important in the production of secondary metabolites shaping endophytic community of plants in the rizosphere;
AG Gigolashvili


AG Höcker, Biozentrum Köln

Keywords: protein degradation in light-controlled development of Arabidopsis thaliana; COP1/SPA complex; analysis of seedling deetiolation, leaf shape and photoperiodic regulation of flowering time; development of a C4-type leaf; role of light in the differentiation of the C4 syndrome and perennialism
AG Höcker


AG Hülskamp, Biozentrum Köln, Molekulare Zellbiologie und Entwicklungsgenetik

Keywords: Arabidopsis trichomes are used as a model system to study cell-cell communication, cell differentiation and morphogenesis; intercellular cross-talk
Molekulare Zellbiologie und Entwicklungsgenetik


AG Kopriva, Biozentrum Köln, Biochemie der Pflanzen

Keywords: molecular mechanisms of regulation of sulfur metabolism; biochemical, genetic and physiological approaches; interaction of rhizobacteria with plants and their contribution to plant nutrition; cell-specific localization of nitrate and sulphate metabolism in C4 plants
Biochemie der Pflanzen


AG Werr, Biozentrum Köln, Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie

Keywords: Shoot apical meristem (SAM) function; specification of lateral organ founder cells at the SAM periphery; initial stages of morphogenesis such as the formation of marginal and plate meristems for leaf expansion in Arabidopsis thaliana; macro-evolutionary studies on the origin of and/or adaptations in stem cell fate promoting functions such as that of WUSCHEL
Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie


AG Zuccaro, Biozentrum Köln, Funktionale Genomic und Molekularbiologie symbiotischer Pilze

Keywords: mechanisms that enable symbiotic fungi to colonize plants; host preferences and fungal lifestyle; reverse genetics, transcriptomics, cell biology, biochemistry, and comparative genomics; genetics and cell biology of the root endophyte Piriformospora indica; evolutionary mechanisms involved in the establishment of biotrophy
Funktionale Genomic und Molekularbiologie symbiotischer Pilze

Max-Planck-Institut für Pflanzenzüchtungsforschung, Köln
AG Albani, Evolution von einjährigen und mehrjährigen Lebensstrategien

Keywords: annual and perennial life strategies; study of developmental traits that differ between annuals and perennials; Brassicaceae models: Arabidopsis thaliana and Arabis alpina; contribution of axillary and lateral meristems in the perennial life cycle of Arabis alpina; forward and reverse genetic approaches
Evolution von einjährigen und mehrjährigen Lebensstrategien


AG Coupland, Entwicklungsbiologie der Pflanzen

Keywords: diversification of annual and perennial life histories; model system Arabis genus; control of flowering by seasonal cues; key flowering time genes; biochemical mechanisms used in Arabidopsis to measure daylength; mutagenesis and reverse genetic strategies in Arabis alpina; genomic and transcriptome analysis of Arabis alpina and related annual species
Entwicklungsbiologie der Pflanzen


AG Hay, Vergleichende Entwicklungsbiologie und Genetik

Keywords: genetic basis of phenotypic differences between the emerging model species Cardamine hirsuta and its relative Arabidopsis thaliana; fruit and floral structures; explosive pod shatter; combination of biological and computational approaches
Vergleichende Entwicklungsbiologie und Genetik


AG Parker, Interaktion von Pflanzen und Mikroben

Keywords: intracellular pathogen recognition and disease resistance pathway activation (multi-domain immune receptors, TNLs); plant stress hormone network in effector-triggered immunity; natural variation in plant responses to temperaturebehavior of plant immunity components
Interaktion von Pflanzen und Mikroben


AG Schulze-Lefert, Interaktion von Pflanzen und Mikroben

Keywords: Structure and functions of the Arabidopsis root microbiota; comparison of soil and root-inhabiting bacterial communities of Arabidopsis thaliana; development and application of bacterial 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing; non-self perception and signaling by intracellular immune sensors; immune receptors, NB-LRR proteins
Interaktion von Pflanzen und Mikroben


AG Theres, Genetic and molecular analysis of shoot branching in higher plants

Keywords: Genetic and molecular analysis of shoot branching in higher plants; mechanisms controlling the initiation of lateral meristems; Arabidopsis LATERAL SUPPRESSOR (LAS) gene; second-site EMS mutagenesis;
AG Theres


AG Tsiantis, Vergleichende Entwicklungsbiologie und Genetik

Keywords: Development of biological forms and basis for diversity; morphogenesis; genetics, biological imaging, genomics and computational modelling; model system Cardamine hirsuta;
Vergleichende Entwicklungsbiologie und Genetik

Forschungszentrum Jülich
AG Drepper, Institut für molekulare Enzymtechnologie, Bakterielle Photobiotechnologie

Keywords: secondary metabolites; discovery, characterization and production of plant metabolites; development of “synthetic microbes” for the production of plant natural products; expression host: photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter capsulatus
Institut für molekulare Enzymtechnologie, Bakterielle Photobiotechnologie


Rascher, Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften, Dynamik von Ökosystemen

Keywords: non-invasive phenotyping methods; spatio-temporal dynamics of plant traits; imaging techniques in green houses and outdoor facilities of the IBG-2 as well as in Klein-Altendorf; 3-d stereo, hyperspectral, and fluorescence methods, as well as airborne platforms such as airships and helicopters
Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften, Dynamik von Ökosystemen


AG Schurr, Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften, Phytosphäre

Keywords: quantitative phenotypes of geometries and mapping of function and ecophysiology of lifeforms; high-throughput phenotyping facilities;
Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften, Phytosphäre


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Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich