Christiane Nawrath

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  • 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


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


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 (UCL) 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 antibodies.

Alice joined our lab in January 2015 where she works on the identification and characterisation of atypical polyesters in the roots of Arabidopsis. Her work lead to the identification of the root cap cuticle necessary for seedling establishment and lateral root emergence.

Nasim Farahani Zayas


Nasim Farahani Zayas - PhD Student


Nasim Farahani Zayas has a Bachelor degree in Biology at the Universidade do Vale do Itajaí, Brazil. She obtained a Master degree in Biotechnology at Wageningen University, Netherlands. There she did her master thesis in the laboratory of Prof. Mark GM Aarts where she worked with the model plant Noccaea caerulescens to understand how gene copy number variation is related to heavy metal tolerance. Also during her masters studies, she worked as an intern in the group of Prof. Detlef Weigel at the Max Planck Institute for Development (Tübingen, Germany), analysing target genes that could be associated with drought resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana

Nasim joined our lab in June 2018 to work on understanding the role of glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferases (GPAT) towards cuticle formation in Arabidopsis as well as to investigate their role in the root cuticle formation when subjected to biotic and abiotic stress conditions. 

Aurore Guerault





Aurore Guerault - PhD Student

Aurore Guerault obtained a Master degree in Molecular Biology and Plant Biotechnology at the University of Strasbourg in France. She did her master thesis in the group of Dr. Teva Vernoux at RDP Laboratory (Lyon, France). There she characterized the role of three transcription factors during flower organogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana and Petunia hybrida. Also during her master’s studies she worked in the group of Dr. Patrick Achard at IBMP (Strasbourg) to characterize the role of Gibberellins in Arabidopsis for the adaptation to potassium availability.

Aurore joined our lab in November 2017 to study the role of PEC1 proteins in cutin formation in tomato thanks to the CRISPR-Cas9 technique and to characterize new genes involved in the formation and function of Arabidopsis cuticle.

Lucas Serra Moncadas


Lucas Serra Moncadas - Master Student


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