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Dr. Borjana Arsova


Scientific interest

With growing world population, a changing climate, and decrease of arable land and resources, we face the challenge of optimizing plant nutrient uptake and use efficiency to maximize yield. By extension these efforts will help preservation of natural resources by decreasesing the demand for fertilizers. 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. 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 current focus is the root system of Brachypodium studied under a combination of conditions like water, nutrients and micro-organisms with final aim to transfer this knowledge into crops.


12.2017 - presentScientist, Root dynamics group, IBG-2 – Plant Sciences, FZ Jülich
4.2016 - 12.2017Guest 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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