Götz Hensel graduated from the Technical University of Magdeburg in 1994. In 1996, he joined the Yeast Genetics group at the IPK Gatersleben as a Ph.D. student to work on the molecular characterisation of a tobacco protein involved in plant-pathogen interactions and earned the Ph.D. degree from the University of Braunschweig. Later, Hensel joined within the same institute at the Plant Reproductive Biology group as a Postdoc and was crucially involved in the establishment and improvement of methods of Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer to barley, wheat, and triticale. Beside the generation of more than 10,000 transgenic barley plants, he was essentially involved in the development of a GATEWAY-compatible binary vector set for monocot transformation as well as in a new principle of RNA-mediated downregulation of genes called host-induced gene silencing (HIGS). In recent years, Hensel focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying the initiation in barley pollen embryogenesis and the telomere-mediated truncation of barley chromosomes.
Biography Updated on 4 December 2011