Goetz Hensel

Tuesday 2nd July 2024, 14:45-15:45
Genome editing in crops: Current status, challenges and prospect

Goetz Hensel was trained as a molecular biologist and is currently working as head of the Centre for Plant Genome Engineering at Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf. Previously, he was a senior scientist in the Plant Reproductive Biology group of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK). During his scientific career, he was crucially involved in the improvement of methods of Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer to cereals (barley and wheat) and in a new principle of RNA-mediated downregulation of genes called host-induced gene silencing (HIGS). As a contributing scientist to the Cluster of Excellence in Plant Science (CEPLAS), he recently focused on developing and applying endonuclease-mediated gene targeting (e.g. CRISPR/Cas), molecular mechanisms underlying chloroplast development, and genes involved in the plant architecture and domestication of crop plants. 


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