Ralf Koebnik, who holds a Ph.D. degree, is a Microbial Geneticist who works as a Director of Research at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Montpellier, France. From 1990 to 2000, he investigated the structure, function, assembly, and dynamics of bacterial outer membrane proteins, using the surface protein OmpA, the porins OmpF and LamB, and the TonB-dependent receptor FhuA as model systems. Since 1999, Koebnik has been working in the field of molecular plant pathology. His current research activities focus on the Xanthomonas oryzae—rice pathosystem. Particularly, he studies Xanthomonas strains from Africa, trying to understand their specific features and pathogenicity factors as well as to use this knowledge for epidemiological surveillance and breeding of durable resistant rice lines. He has long-standing experiences in the sequencing and annotation of genomes from xanthomonads. In collaboration with national partners, he develops new typing and tracing tools for Xanthomonas based on VNTR and CRISPR loci. Koebnik has several years of teaching experience in genetics, microbiology, phytopathology, plant biotechnology, and applied bioinformatics.
Biography Updated on 26 December 2012