Tetiana Kalachova: Plant Physiology First Author

Tetiana Kalachova, co-first author of “DIACYLGLYCEROL KINASE 5 Participates in Flagellin-Induced Signaling in Arabidopsis”

Current Position: researcher at the Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Laboratory of Pathological Plant Physiology)

Education: University Paris-Est, France, and Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry NAS of Ukraine (PhD), Taras Schevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine (Masters)

Non-scientific interests: road cycling, hiking, baking

Brief bio: After completing the Master’s degree in Virology in the National University of Kyiv I have entered the PhD program in bioorganic chemistry under double supervision between France and Ukraine. I studied the phospholipid signaling in the context of phytohormonal perception and found that lipid kinases, especially DIACYLGLYCEROL KINASE 5, may act a signaling hub in stress adaptation, particularly at the early stages of pathogen recognition and immune response establishment.

Since joining the Laboratory of Pathological Plant Physiology in Prague I got focused on plant defenses, especially on the pathways involving a phytohormone salicylic acid. I am particularly interested in the connection between actin cytoskeleton remodeling, phospholipid signaling, and disease resistance.  I believe that the understanding of plant defense machinery is a key to maintain and improve plant health in the globally changing environment.