Fabian Ries: The Plant Cell First Author

Fabian Ries, co-first author of “Fast and global reorganization of the chloroplast protein biogenesis network during heat acclimation”

Current Position: PhD student at the laboratory Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes, University of Kaiserslautern

Education: M.Sc. in Microbial and Plant Biotechnology, and B.Sc. Biology at University Kaiserslautern, Germany

Non-scientific Interests: cycling, gardening, hiking

Brief bio: Since my bachelor project 2014 in the lab of Felix Willmund I am interested in chloroplast protein homeostasis. Perturbations often lead to protein misfolding and most severely to protein aggregation. The intriguing fact that protein aggregation at increased sublethal temperatures is a reversible process is fascinating. Climate change and the increasing world population are the main driver for our research with the goal to bridge the gap between basic research and improving crop traits for yield stability under these conditions. Understanding translation dynamics and changes in the ribosome interaction network may help to reach that goal, since the ribosome is identified as a central hub in different acclimation scenarios.