Johan Zicola is a Ph.D student in the group of Franziska Turck in the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany. His research focuses on understanding the dynamic chromatin changes occurring during the floral transition in Arabidopsis thaliana and Zea mays.
Johan received an engineering degree of agronomy from the ‘Grande Ecole’ AGROCAMPUS OUEST, Rennes, France. He performed his master thesis titled “Functional analysis of Ecp6: The LysM effector from the tomato pathogenic fungus Cladosporium fulvum’ with Dr. Ir. Thomma’s group. The research was focused on the ability of some plant pathogenic fungi to counteract plant defense by secreting chitin scavenging effector proteins. The aim was to focus on one of these proteins and identify the putative sites involved in chitin scavenging through a site-directed mutagenesis approach.
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