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IRTG 2403 Talk - Philip Benfey: "Underground Signalling"

  • IRI Talk
When Dec 12, 2019 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM (Europe/Vienna / UTC100) iCal
Where BIMSB, large conference room, Hannoversche Str. 28a

Dear colleagues,

on 12th December, Philip Benfey (Paul Kramer Professor and current Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator) is coming to visit us as BIMSB distinguished speaker and guest of IRI's DFG graduate program IRTG2403 on Dissecting and Re-Engineerung the Regulatory Genome (host is Uwe Ohler).


Philip Benfey studies the development of plant roots and root system architecture as a model system for understanding the regulation of developmental patterns of cell types more generally. Using genetic and genomic approaches, Benfey’s team deciphers how stem cell populations generate various cell types and how they integrate on a molecular level to create a functioning organ. Long term, Benfey aims to identify the genes that control root system architecture, which could lead to enhanced root traits – for example, increased drought tolerance or nutrient acquisition.






As highly accomplished developmental systems biologist and genomicist, Philip was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2010 and alway uses a range of cutting-edge quantitative technologies, currently including light sheet microscopy and single-cell sequencing. Moreover, he is a descendant of the German publishing house Ullstein, and he also happens to be a great-nephew of Bauhaus professors Anni and Josef Albers. With the currently ongoing centenary of Bauhaus, he has graciously agreed to follow up his scientific talk with a Q&A session about his family's connection to Berlin.


At ~5.30, we will close with a IRTG 2403 Christmas reception with snacks and drinks, to which everyone is invited.

You are all are welcome to attend what will surely be a fascinating event spanning science, history, and the arts!