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Christiane Nawrath

  • Born in Berlin in 1962

  • Diploma in Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin

  • Dr. rer. nat. from the Department of Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin

  • Group leader at the DBMV


During my doctoral research I got experienced with Plant Molecular Biology in the in the group of Csaba Koncz in the Department of Jeff Schell at the Max-Planck-Institute for Breeding Research in Cologne. For my post-doctoral studies, I joined the laboratory of Chris Somerville for engineering polyesters in plants at Michigan State University and the Carnegie Institution of Plant Biology in Stanford. Afterwards I moved to the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, to use molecular genetics for the characterization of the biosynthesis of salicylic acid after pathogen infection in Arabidopsis in the laboratory of Jean-Pierre Métraux. Furthermore, I established a project on the elucidation of the functions of cutin and the cuticle. I joined the DBMV at the University of Lausanne as a group leader in 2004 to continue my research on the cuticle.


Carolina del Pilar Elejalde, PhD student


Carolina Elejalde obtained a Bachelor degree in Biology at the University of Antioquia, Colombia. Afterwards she worked for 4 years as associated researcher to develop plant cell cultures of Jatropha curcas for the production of Jatropha oil as biodiesel. For her Master degree Carolina moved to France and studied the ecophysiological role of potential defense compounds in apple tree in the laboratory of Prof. Nathalie Guivarc’h at the University of Tours. 
Carolina joined our lab in September 2014 for studying the function of ABCG32 in cutin formation in tomato and the transport activity of ABCG32 proteins in variousin-vitro and in-vivo systems.



Alice Berhin, PhD student


Alice Berhin has a Master degree in Bioscience Engineering from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. She did her master thesis in the laboratory of Prof. Pierre Bertin where she identified the sexual chromosomes of monoecious hemp and quantified sex expression in different varieties. She gained experience in molecular biology as an assistant researcher for Ablynx (Ghent), a company developing Nanobodies, Llama antibodies-derived therapeutic proteins.
Alice joined our lab in January 2015 for characterizing polyesters in different cell types and the phenomenon of organ fusion formation in Arabidopsis.

Former lab members

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Delphine Le Roux, research assistant

Michael Bessire, PhD

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Sandra Borel, technician

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Sylvain Escande, technician

Guillaume Fabre, PhD

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