Goetz Hensel

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Germany


Goetz Hensel graduated from the Technical University of Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany, 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, Braunschweig, Germany. 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. Besides 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 23 January 2014

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