|Fakultät für Biologie und Vorklinische Medizin|
|Institute of Plant Sciences|
|Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry|
|Prof. Dr. Klaus Grasser|
Mediated by proteins the genomic DNA is organised into a dynamic nucleoprotein structure termed chromatin. Analysing the Arabidopsis thaliana model system, our research group is interested in proteins that modulate the accessibility of the DNA in the cell nucleus, and thereby regulate the transcription of genes. In addition, co-transcriptional events are examined that determine the fate of the freshly synthesised mRNAs. We study how these processes collaborate to control gene expression and plant development (e.g. flowering, seed production) as well as responses to external stimuli (e.g. stress conditions).
The Department of Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry is integrated in the Biochemie-Zentrum Regensburg (BZR). In addition, the Plant Chromatin Group is part of the collaborative research center SFB960 that is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and of the research training network CHIP-ET funded by the EU (FP7).