Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Vedrana Marković

Vedrana Marković, first author of EXO70A2 is critical for exocyst complex function in pollen development

Current Position:  PhD candidate at the Charles University, Faculty of Science, Prague, Czech Republic

Education: Master degree in Molecular Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Non-scientific Interests: playing guitar, travelling, camping, volleyball

Brief bio: After obtaining my master degree in molecular biology, I continued my academic endeavours as a PhD student in the group of Dr. Viktor Žárský at the Charles University in Prague when I first encountered the amazing world of Arabidopsis thaliana. I have investigated the role of the exocyst tethering complex in autophagy and in pollen development. Especially pollen biology has spiked my interest and remained the main focus of my studies. I am truly fascinated by the molecular mechanisms of pollen grain germination, pollen tube growth and the communication between male and female gametophytes and I am glad that our team has already contributed to this topic with a number of papers, including this one in the Plant Physiology.