Recognizing Plant Physiology author Matanel Hipsch

Matanel Hipsch, first author of Sensing stress responses in potato with whole-plant redox imaging

Current Position:  M.Sc. student in the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, under the supervision of Dr. Shilo Rosenwasser.

Education: B.Sc. in Plant science and M.Sc. in Plant Sciences at the Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences & Genetics in Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Non-scientific Interests: Traveling, cooking and sport.

Brief bio: Plant stress responses always fascinated me during my undergraduate studies. The question of how plants react to changeable, unstable environments is still an enigma to me. Throughout my master’s research, we developed an innovative and distinctive technology to detect early signs of stress imposed on plants using whole plant redox imaging. We believe that our approach can be applied to improve high-throughput plant phenotyping in plant breeding programs and may serve as effective and sensitive tools for detecting stress responses in the field. Now, I’m building stable foundations for my Ph.D. research, focusing on further developing sensing tools to detect abiotic and biotic stresses.  We hope to harness the recent exciting development in the plant biosensors field to improve the sustainability of crop plants.