Group picture, April 2019

Remco Stam

Remco has done his Bsc and MSc in Wageningen (The Netherlands), during this time he has done a project with the Plant Breeding group and he also worked for the DuRPH project, aimed at breeding Durable Resistance against PHytophthora. He has done his MSc thesis at the Plant Chemetics lab, which at that time was located at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Science in Cologne (Germany), and is now based at Oxford University and has worked for about one year in the Kamoun Lab, at the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, studying evolution of Phytophthora species on different hosts.

He has done his PhD and a short postdoc in the Lab of Edgar Huitema at the University of Dundee (UK). Here he studied the evolution and mode of action of a specific effector gene family, called Crinklers in Phytophthora, and has analysed gene expression data, to find out which genes are switched on (or off) during the different stages of infection.

He visited the Lab of Professor Aurelien Tellier (Population Genetics, TU Munich) as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in 2015 and 2016 to learn more about the theoretical aspects of Population Genetics. Here he developed the Solanum chilense pathosystem that is in use in the group.

Now he is leading his own small research group at the Chair of Phytopathology (Prof. Ralph Hückelhoven) at the TU Munich.

Parvinderdeep Singh Kahlon

Parvinderdeep comes from Punjab, India. He studied Biotechnology at Punjab Technical University, India, and continued his studies as a master student in the program of Plant Sciences at University of Bonn, Germany. During his Masters he worked on ‘Method development for robust screening of RCR3 variants that can trigger hypersensitive response upon recognition of the Cladosporium fulvum Effector Avr2’ at the Plant Chemetics lab (Prof. Renier van der Hoorn) at the University of Oxford. For his PhD he is now studying the molecular evolution of pathogen defence in wild tomato species. Besides science, he likes traveling, cooking and dancing.

Corinn Small

Corinn received her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a minor in Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity from the University of California, Davis. Following her initial studies, she moved to Germany, where she obtained her Master’s from the University of Kiel (CAU) studying at both CAU and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology. She completed her thesis in Prof. Dr. Eva Stukenbrock’s Environmental Genomics group, investigating functional (phenotypic) and genomic characteristics of two candidate effector genes that showed unique transcriptional regimes in the wheat-specialized fungal pathogen, Zymoseptoria tritici.
For her PhD, she plans to study pathogens found on the wild tomato species, Solanum chilense.
She hopes to find host-specific pathogens that show signs of adaptation to the various populations of S. chilense. Corinn is particularly interested in understanding how genomes of pathogenic fungi and oomycetes are structured and how novel variation is generated which in turn, facilitates adaptation. Having witnessed the impact of an invasive pathogen (Phytophthora ramorum, responsible for the disease Sudden Oak Death) first-hand, she understands the destruction and devastation that pathogens can cause not only to agricultural monocultures but to our natural environments.

Mindih Seta Shallet

Shallet is from Cameroon. She obtained a B.Sc. in Microbiology with a minor in Medical Laboratory Technology from the University of Buea, Cameroon. During her bachelor’s thesis, her focus was on isolation of the enteric pathogen Salmonella typhi from asymptomatic students. She studies in department of Horticultural Science at Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. She is currently conducting her master’s thesis, studying on the molecular evolution of resistance genes in the wild tomatoes’ species Solanum chilense. Her focus is on the Cf-9 genes diversity in this species. She further plans to pursue a PhD.

Michael Muser

Michael first gained practical knowledge about plant cultivation studying to be a gardener specializing on perennial ornamental plants and at the same time did his Bachelors in Horticulture at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf. He wrote his Bachelor thesis in cooperation with the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture (LfL) about the degradation of plant protection agents using a biofiltration system.

He is currently enrolled in the Master Horticultural Sciences at the TU München and focuses in his thesis, as part of the EvoMPMI group, on Phytophthora infestans induced ethylene responses in S. chilense.

Surya Hebrom

Surya completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture from Bihar Agricultural University, India. During, her studies, she developed interest in Horticultural Science. Taking this interest further, She is currently pursuing Master’s in Horticultural Science in Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. Currently, she is involved in studying the diversity of the well studied Cf-9 resistance gene in Solanum chilense using bioinformatic tools. After completion of her MSc she is looking forward to pursuing a Ph.D in population genetics or a related field.

Former Students

Florian Bößl (Bsc thesis, 2017)
Tim Braun (Bsc thesis, 2018)
Lisa Marie Keitel (MSc thesis, 2017)
Judit Liebl (Bsc thesis, 2018)
Gesche Zander (Bsc thesis, 2018)