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  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki



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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

Utbildning / akademisk kvalifikation

Plant Biology, Ph.D., Ghent University

1 sep. 200831 aug. 2013

Tilldelningsdatum: 17 juli 2014


  • 1183 Växtbiologi, mikrobiologi, virologi
  • 1182 Biokemi, cell- och molekylärbiologi
  • 1184 Genetik, utvecklingsbiologi, fysiologi

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