Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Bastian Oldenkott

Bastian Oldenkott, first author of Reciprocal complementation with moss and angiosperm editing factors

Current Position: PhD Candidate in the Department for Molecular Evolution belonging to the Insitute for Cellular and Molecular Botany (IZMB) of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Education: MSc Plant Sciences and BSc Biology both at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Non-scientific Interests: music, gaming, biking, and Japan

Brief bio: My scientific career is so far centered around the University of Bonn and the Department for Molecular Evolution. I started my bachelor thesis focusing on the genus Selaginella, where RNA editing sites in mitochondria and chloroplasts exceed into the thousands. During my master thesis I was able to enter the world of Next-Generation Sequencing, which I could use to assemble organellar genomes and detect RNA editing events. In my graduate research I shifted my interest towards RNA editing in the low-editing model organism Physcomitrella patens and successfully introduced plant-type RNA editing in the bacterium Escherichia coli.