Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Magdalena J Mazur

Magdalena J Mazur, first author of The SUMO conjugation complex self-assembles into nuclear bodies independent of SIZ1 and COP1

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Virology, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Education: PhD (2016) at Molecular Plant Pathology, University of Amsterdam; MSc (2012) from Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Non-scientific Interests: Cooking & baking, reading, sports and board games

Brief bio: I completed a master of Plant Biotechnology, with the specialization in Molecular Plant Pathology, at Wageningen University. My MSc study was finalized by a thesis on Rx1, a resistance gene against Potato virus X, at the Laboratory of Nematology. After graduation I started my doctorate programme at Molecular Plant Pathology group, University of Amsterdam. During this time I studied the role of Arabidopsis SUMOylation in biotic and abiotic stress signaling, and as orchestrator of nuclear bodies. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher working at the Laboratory of Virology, where I elucidate the Ty1-mediated antiviral mechanisms during a Geminivirus infection and try to establish a reverse genetics system for Tomato spotted wilt virus.