19.07.2022 13:00 Age: 29 days

Prof. Caroline Gutjahr is a new member of the Academia Europaea - Merits for Professor of the TUM School of Life Sciences

Category: Research, Award

Academia Europaea, an academy with individual members from the Council of Europe states and from other countries around the world, currently has about 5000 members. All of them are outstanding scientists who cover the entire spectrum of academic disciplines. Recently, Prof. Caroline Gutjahr, Professor of Plant Genetics at the TUM School of Life Sciences, was elected to the Academia.

Prof. Caroline Gutjahr heads the professorship for plant genetics at the TUM School of Life Sciences (Image: A. Heddergott / TUM)

The Academia Europaea was founded in 1988, on the initiative of the UK's Royal Society and other National Academies in Europe. The Academia Europaea is a `Not for Profit' Charity registered in the UK. The Academia Europaea is the only Academy with individual membership from the Council of Europe states and from other nations across the world. Her members, some 5000 currently, are eminent, individual scientists and scholars, who cover the full range of academic disciplines (see: www.ae-info.org). The Academy organizes meetings and workshops, provides scientific and scholarly advice and publishes the international journal the 'European Review' and is associated to Biology Direct. The Academia operates in regional knowledge hubs in Barcelona, Bergen, Budapest, Cardiff, Munich, Tbilisi and Wroclaw, hosted by Universities and National academies.

Professor Gutjahr is now a member of the Academia Europaea. The Professor of Plant Genetics investigates the molecular mechanisms which determine the formation and functioning of the widespread arbuscular mycorrhiza symbiosis between plants and beneficial soil fungi. Her research focuses in particular on the role of plant hormones and transcriptional networks in the development of the symbiosis. The fungus can enhance nutrition and increase stress resistance of plants. For these reasons, there is increasing interest in the use of the fungus in sustainable agricultural practices. Therefore, Professor Gutjahr also investigates the genetic underpinnings of fungus-mediated increases in plant-performance with the aim to enable breeding of mycorrhiza-optimized crops.

Professor Gutjahr studied biology at the Universities of Freiburg and Aberdeen. She then spent one year as a researcher at the University of Turin. Her PhD was started at the University of Geneva and concluded at the University of Lausanne. After a short stay as a postdoctoral researcher in Lausanne, she joined the LMU Munich as leader of a research group. From 2015 to 2021, she was supported by the Emmy Noether program of the German Research Foundation (DFG). She has been Professor of Plant Genetics at the TUM since September 2017.

More information on the academy: https://www.ae-info.org/


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TUM School of Life Sciences
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