Mercartor Fellows at the CRC 1208

The CRC 1208 encouragres especially its doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to build up a global network and supports scientific exchange to national and international scientists. The “Mercator Fellow Module” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), enables a long-term exchange between scientists of CRC 1208 and high-profile scientists from Germany and abroad. Mercartor fellows are integrated into the CRC projects, give lectures and courses in our integrated graduate school "MB Train". This way, we want to start and establish long-term collaborations for the CRC community as well as for individual career paths of our members.


Prof. Toru Fujiwara  Mercator Fellow 2018

The CRC 1208 warmly welcomes Prof. Toru Fujiwara from University Tokyo, Japan, as our Mercator Fellow in summer 2018.

Toru Fujiwara leads the Laboratory of Plant Nutrition and Fertilizers in the Department of Applied Biological Chemistry as a professor at the University of Tokyo.
His group is motivated to elucidate molecular genetics of plant nutrition, cell-to-cell movement of macromolecules and plant responses to nutritional conditions.

Plant nutrition is an important foundation of plant production and our life totally depends on plant production. Living organisms including plants have sophisticated mechanisms to acquire nutrients from environments and a number of biological processes are involved in the nutrient acquisition and utilization. The Laboratory of Plant Nutrition and Fertilizers study these processes for better understanding or the process and better production of crops/plants. Their field of study includes identification of nutrient transporters, molecular mechanisms of plant response to nutrient conditions, generation of nutrient-stress tolerant plants.

Toru Fujiwara join the CRC 1208 in SS 2018 to push joint research projects and publications.
Additionally, he will give lectures and methodogical courses on his current research as well as his expertise as referee and editor of scientific journals.

The Collaborative Research Center 1208 looks forward to an exciting and productive cooperation!

Prof. Toru Fujiwara, University of Tokyo


Prof. Ingo Dreyer Mercator Fellow 2017 / 2018

The CRC 1208 warmly welcomes Prof. Ingo Dreyer from Talca University, Chile, as our first Mercator Fellow.

Ingo Dreyer is a professor at the Center of Bioinformatic and Molecular Simulation of the University of Talca in Chile.
He works on Plant Biophysics and the motivating question of his group is “Which physical principles play a role in the life of plants?

The edge between Physics and Plant Biology is explored by employing a diverse set of techniques from biophysics, electrophysiology, mathematics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, biochemistry, plant physiology and computational approaches. In recent times one focus was set on the analysis of the dynamics of the nutrient exchange between neighboring cells across two adjacent membranes. Such a membrane arrangement is not seldom and implies common regulatory principles, which nevertheless can result in a diverse spectrum of systemic behavior. It was shown, for instance, (i) that, in the transport phloem, parenchyma cells can remotely control the release and retrieval of nutrients from or into the phloem stream, (ii) that in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis the competition of plant and fungus for the same nutrient resources results in a cooperation of the two organisms and (iii) that the smut fungus Ustilago maydis has principle advantages over the plant and therefore lives as a parasite and not as symbiont (recently reviewed in Dreyer et al. New Phytologist (2017) 216: 1049–1053; doi: 10.1111/nph.14667). Another focal area of the group is the structural and functional analysis of nutrient and metabolite transporters from plants using diverse computational molecular simulation approaches and electrophysiological analyses of mutated transporter proteins.

Ingo Dreyer join the CRC 1208 in 2017 / 2018 to push joint research projects and publications.
Additionally, he will give lectures and methodogical courses on his current research.

The Collaborative Research Center 1208 looks forward to an exciting and productive cooperation!

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