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Dr. Borjana Arsova

Guest scientist FRS-FNRS Chargé de Recherches at University of Liege, Belgium

Scientific interest
With growing world population, a changing climate, and decrease of arable land and resources, we face the challenge of optimizing the plant water and nutrient use efficiency and maximizing yield. My scientific interest lies in the study of nutrient uptake from the soil through the plant root, particularly in the sensing and signaling pathways involved in the detection of various nutrients. Improving nutrient uptake would ensure not only higher yield per unit arable land but also a preservation of natural resources by decreasing the demand for fertilizers.

In this context, I am interested in protein regulation by post-translational modifications as a quick response to a changing environment or within a signaling cascade. My previous experience lies in the study of the macro nutrient Nitrogen and the micronutrient Zinc. I use systemic approaches like proteomics and RNASeq to investigate the response of a whole organism or tissue, as well as targeted molecular biology for functional analysis of single genes and proteins. My next aim is to understand and improve the Brachypodium root system under a combination of conditions like water, nutrients and micro-organisms and identify potential candidate genes for transfer into crops like wheat and barley. 


4.2016 - presentGuest Scientist, Root dynamics group, IBG-2 – Plant Sciences, FZ Jülich
9.2014 - 12.2017 University of Liege, Belgium - FRS-FNRS Chargé de Recherches
„Time resolution of Zinc sensing and signalling in Arabidopsis thaliana“
6.2012- 8.2014 Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf; Independent PostDoc
„Molecular adaptations of C3 and C4 Flaveria species to Nitrogen defficiency“
„Evolution of the Phosphoenolpyruvate Carboxylase Protein Kinase Family in C3 and C4 Flaveria spp.“
6.2009 - 5.2012 Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam -PostDoc
„Nitrogen sensing and signalling in Arabidopsis thaliana“
„Precision, proteome coverage, and dynamic range of Arabidopsis proteome profiling using 5N metabolic labeling and label-free approaches”
7.2005 - 4.2009 Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam -PhD student
“Functional characterization of two fructokinase-like proteins that potentially integrate metabolic and redox signals to control plastid gene expression”


Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG-2
52428 Jülich


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