Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Eva Dvorak Tomastikova

Eva Dvorak Tomastikova, first author of Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 and KRYPTONITE regulate pathogen-induced programmed cell death in Arabidopsis

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics, Institute of Experimental Botany, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Education: PhD in Botany, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Non-scientific Interests: sports – (trail) running, biking, rowing, cross-country skiing, exploring craft beer all over the world

Brief bio: I did my PhD in the group of prof. Jaroslav Dolezel in Olomouc, Czech Republic, I was focused on the link between Aurora kinases and TPX2 proteins in Arabidopsis. During that time, I started collaboration with the group of Dr. Andreas Houben (IPK Gatersleben, Germany), I worked on the cell cycle regulation by Aurora kinases with Dr. Dmitri Demidov, and I spent several months on a research stay in the lab.  After defending my PhD thesis, I became postdoctoral researcher in the group of prof. Lars Hennig and prof. Claudia Kohler (SLU Uppsala, Sweden) I aimed at better understanding of epigenetic regulation of developmental transitions in Arabidopsis. Currently, I am postdoctoral researcher in the group of Dr. Ales Pecinka, where I am interested in DNA-damage repair in Arabidopsis, specifically on identification of new proteins involved in DDR and regulation of DNA-damage responses.