It is my pleasure to support EpiTRAITS as external advisor. I share the excitement about importance and diversity of epigenetic regulation in plants and consider excellent scientific training in this field as vital for basic and applied research.
My own lab is interested in the interplay between genetic and epigenetic changes, in epigenetic diversity in polyploid plants, in different ecotypes and after exposure to abiotic stress. We study these aspects in Arabidopsis thaliana with genetic, cytological and molecular methods, using mutants, reporter genes, chromatin analysis, flow sorting, fluorescence in situ hybridisation, defined stress treatments, specific and genome-wide expression assays and bioinformatic approaches. More at http://www.gmi.oeaw.ac.at/research-groups/ortrun-mittelsten-scheid and http://www.gmi.oeaw.ac.at/student-programs/phd-program.