Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

AG Dr. Pfalz


Chloroplasts are remarkably dynamic organelles that enable plants to convert light energy to chemical energy. The primary focus is to understand the molecular mechanisms and dynamic of chloroplast biogenesis. In particular, we are interested in understanding the concerted action of the nuclear and plastidal genetic systems, both highly modulated by environmental stimuli. Central question are: What components contribute to chloroplast maturation or plastid differentiation? Which genes mediate plastid and nuclear gene expression? What is the function of the encoded gene products? How do their environmental signaling interactions control chloroplast maturation or differentiation? To address these issues, we use a wide range of biochemical tools and available genetic resources.