Tobias Schenk, first author of “Light-induced degradation of SPA2 via its N-terminal kinase domain is required for photomorphogenesis”
Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Zoology, University of Cologne, Germany
Education: PhD in plant science at the Institute for Plant Sciences at the University of Cologne (UoC); M.Sc. in biochemistry at the Institute for Biochemistry, UoC; B.Sc. at the Institute for Plant Sciences, UoC.
Non-scientific Interests: Hiking, beekeeping and cycling
After I completed my Master’s thesis in biochemistry at the University of Cologne in 2014, with a research focus on inhibitors that prevent chemotherapeutical drug resistance, I decided to continue research in the field of plant physiology that had already raised my interest when I started my studies in biology in 2010. I began my doctoral research in Ute Hoecker’s laboratory at the University of Cologne in 2015. Here, I investigated the role of the SPA2 protein in light-signaling using the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. Now I am embarking on a new research project that focuses on carbohydrate-active enzymes from cell-wall-perforating, single-cell algae predators.