Aurélia Emonet, first author of “Development and Diversity of Lignin Patterns”
Postdoctoral researcher, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany
Ph.D. in Life Sciences (Plant Molecular Biology) and MSc of Molecular Life Sciences at the University of Lausanne; BSc in Biology at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland)
Non-scientific Interests: hiking, swimming, bouldering, scuba diving and reading
What fascinates me the most in biology is how species evolved and developed complex anatomical structures and interactions with other species. During my master’s thesis, I joined the group of Prof. Philippe Reymond at Lausanne’s University and studied how caterpillar eggs can highjack defence mechanisms against bacteria, in order to downregulate responses against herbivores. I then continued to study biotic interactions in the group of Prof. Niko Geldner, this time focusing on localized immune responses as a means to accommodate the root microbiome. My research led me to highlight similarities between immune-induced lignification and endodermal stress lignin. I therefore pursued my interest in the evolution of lignin patterns by joining the group of Dr. Angela Hay at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne. Here, I investigate what mechanisms control polar lignin deposition in the context of explosive seed dispersal in Cardamine.