Albert-Ludwigs-Universitt Freiburg (ALU)

Location : Freiburg / Germany
Leader : Klaus PALME
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Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg has long-term interest in functional analysis of plant growth, root development, signal transduction and Systems Biology. Its studies have been published in numerous high impact scientific journals. Prof. Dr. Klaus Palme was head of a group for Signal Transduction and Proteomics at the MPI for Plant Beeding (Cologne). He was leading an independent research group at the Max Planck Institut for Plant Breeding (MPIZ, formerly MDL), a well recognized institution in plant molecular genetics breeding and molecular biology. Since 2001 he is Full Professor at Freiburg University where he leads a team which is involved in the development and application of innovative high throughput proteome and imaging technologies. He has made many important contributions to cell signaling research, including the cloning of putative hormone receptors that were elusive for many years to biochemical and molecular studies. Of particular interest to this project is his labs expertise in microarray and for cellular studies. Since 2006 he is also member of he Board of Directors of the newly founded Center of Systems Biology at Freiburg University. This center has about 3300 m2 lab space, has facilities for advanced imaging and for theoretical sciences.


In the framework of WP1 ALU will be involved in functional genomic, genetic, molecular and cellular expression analysis of root development.

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Prof. Dr. Klaus Palme, since 2001 Professor at the University of Freiburg. He received calls for several national and international Professorships and directorships of Plant Research Centers. Since 2006 Member of Board of Directors, Center for Systems Biology at University of Freiburg. He is coordinator of several national and international collaborative research Programs. Selected honours: Elected Fellow of Academia Europeae (1993), G Prize (1995), EMBO Member (2001), Max-Planck-Research Prize (2002), 2006 DAGM Award (German Society for Pattern Recognition).

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