Recognizing featured Plant Cell first authors: Simon Kelterborn

Simon Kelterborn is a featured first author of  Targeting of Photoreceptor Genes in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii via Zinc-finger Nucleases and CRISPR/Cas9

Current Position: PhD candidate in the lab of Prof. Peter Hegemann, Experimental Biophysics, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Education: M.Sc and B.Sc. in Biology, University of Munich, Germany

Non-scientific Interests: Snowboarding, handcraft, mountains, running, concerts

During my Master’s studies, I was fascinated by the tools of synthetic biology. Fortunately enough, I was able to participate in the student’s competition iGEM, which is a very inspiring event for young researchers. When I realized that some of these molecular tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 have not yet been developed for microalgae, I made this my research project for my Master’s thesis in Jörg Nickelsen’s lab at the LMU Munich and continued this work during my PhD project in Peter Hegemann’s lab at the HU Berlin. In the future, I want to learn more about DNA repair mechanisms to improve gene editing efficiency and help to establish CRISPR/Cas9 in non-model algae such as Chlorella ohadii in collaboration with Aaron Kaplan, HU Jerusalem.