Areas of expertise
Chloroplast biology; gene expression; photosynthesis; evolutionary genetics.
Ralph Bock is a Director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and a Professor at the University of Potsdam. He received undergraduate and MSc degrees from the University of Halle, Germany and a PhD from the University of Freiburg. Dr. Bock uses a wide range of cutting-edge biochemical, physiological, and genetic techniques to investigate plant cell organelles, with interests ranging from organellar physiology and gene expression to metabolic and genetic interactions between organelles and other cellular compartments. In addition, his group is currently developing tools for plastid genome transformation for biotechnological applications such as metabolic engineering, molecular farming, and plant resistance engineering. He is also exploring genome evolution in eukaryotes and the genetic and evolutionary processes underlying the physiological plasticity of plant species and populations
Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, Consulting Editor (2009-); Current Genetics, Editorial Board (2005-2014); Eukaryotic Cell, Editorial Board (2010-2012); Plant Biotechnology Journal, Editorial Board, (2013-); Plant Cell, Senior Editor (2015-); Transgenic Research, Associate Editor (2006-).
Honors and awards include
Elected Member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina).