• PL 65 (Viikinkaari 1)



  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki



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Research interests

Cell Wall and Epidermal Integrity Group

According to the classical understanding of plant gas exchange, the uncontrolled loss of water from plant aerial organs is restricted by epidermis that is covered by a hydrophobic layer called cuticle. Because of these properties, the majority of plant gas exchange occurs through stomata. Consequently, composition of cuticle and fast guard cell signaling are thought to be the major factors limiting the evaporation of water from leaf surfaces.

Together with my Ph. D. student Marina Leal Gavarrón we are expanding this classical model by stydying various cell wall mutants. Our results indicate that modifications of cell wall structure and composition can affect plant gas exchange independently of cuticle synthesis and guard cell function.

Our research is curiosity-driven and involves mainly forward genetics approaches. Should you wish to discuss our research topics in more depth please contact me directly.


Reham Nabil Shehata - M. Sc. thesis - 2021/2022
Liina Lassila - B. Sc. thesis - 2021/2022
Konrad Łosiński - B. Sc. thesis 2019

Education/Academic qualification

Plant Biology, Ph.D., Ghent University

1 Sep 200831 Aug 2013

Award Date: 17 Jul 2014

Fields of Science

  • 1183 Plant biology, microbiology, virology
  • 1182 Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology
  • 1184 Genetics, developmental biology, physiology

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Publications and projects within past five years.