Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Tobias Jores

Tobias Jores, first author of Identification of plant enhancers and their constituent elements by STARR-seq in tobacco leaves

Current Position: Postdoctoral scholar, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Education: PhD in Biochemistry, Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany; Biochemistry Diploma, University of Tübingen, Germany

Non-scientific Interests: biking, acrobatics, weight lifting, baking, and reading

Brief bio: I studied biochemistry at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where I also performed my graduate research in the group of Doron Rapaport. In my PhD thesis, I worked on the biogenesis of mitochondrial β-barrel proteins. While I performed my studies in yeast, our collaborators showed that the β-barrel protein targeting signal also functions in plant cells. These results got me interested in plants as a research system. After my PhD, I started my postdoctoral research in the field of plant genomics. I am working on a project shared between the laboratories of Stanley Fields and Christine Queitsch with the task to identify enhancers in plant genomes.