Franziska Turck

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany

Franziska Turck’s research group is interested in the regulation of gene expression by the interplay of sequence-specific transcription factors and protein complexes that affect chromatin structure. Genes that play an important role in the timing of flowering provide ideal models to study gene regulation in detail since alteration in their expression causes developmental abnormalities that are relatively easy to score. Key flowering genes are usually controlled by several pathways that converge at the level of expression regulation. In plants, induced mutagenesis is a powerful tool to study the influence of single pathway components by observing the effect of mutations on target gene expression. More…

The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research employs in total 350 people in three scientific departments and service groups. Services available include confocal and electron microscopy, protein mass spectrometry and a Next Generation Genome Center that was opened in 2010. An International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for PhD students is organized in collaboration with Cologne University.

Johan Zicola is the EpiTRAITS research fellow with the Turck group, click to find out more about him and his project.