Yi did his PhD research in Hongqing Ling’s lab at Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and mainly focused on how plants respond to low phosphate deficiency. Then he started his postdoctoral research in Bingyu Zhao’s lab at Virginia Tech and investigated the virulence function of Xanthomonas type III effector AvrRxo1. He joined the Robatzek group in March 2016 to study the stomatal immunity in Arabidopsis.
Jelle obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Biology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. During an internship project in the Robatzek group in 2013, co-supervised by Dr. Matthieu Joosten, he investigated the dynamic subcellular localization of receptor complexes. He returned to the lab in March 2014 to study the molecular regulation of endomembrane trafficking in immunity.
Silke studied Biology in Göttingen. For her PhD she joined the group of Imre Somssich at the Max-Planck-Institute in Cologne and worked on the role of WRKY transcription factors during plant defense and senescence. She then moved to Basel, Switzerland, and did her postdoctoral research in the group of Thomas Boller. This is where she discovered flagellin-mediated endocytosis of FLS2. In 2005, Silke set up her own research group at the Max-Planck-Institute in Cologne focusing on microbe-induced signaling and endocytosis in Arabidopsis. In 2009 she took a group leader position at the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, and is studying the role of membrane trafficking in immunity. Silke obtained 2010 her “venia docendi” in plant cell biology at the University Basel. Her current research is supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the European Research Council.
Silke supports plant and cell biology research as advisory board member of New Phytologist and board member of the British Society of Cell Biology. She also acts as senior editor for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions and monitoring editor for Plant Physiology. Silke is a member of the Society of Experimental Biology and enjoys keeping her in touch with her hobby in womens' artistic gymnastics as brevet judge .
"If we are to understand plant-microbe interactions, we need to investigate the associated subcellular adaptations at the molecular level."
Katarzyna (Kasia) Rybak
Kasia graduated from biotechnology in Poland. She then did her PhD in Farhah Assaad’s lab at the Technical University in Munich, where she worked on tethering complexes required for cytokinesis in A. thaliana. In January 2015, she joined Silke Robatzek’s lab to investigate downstream mechanisms of FLS2 transport upon its activation.
Katarzyna (Kasia) Rybak
Egidio studied at the University of Lecce (I) and did his PhD research at the Université de Neuchâtel (CH) on the role of palmitoylation in Arabidopsis thaliana and chitinase Ct-VSD trafficking. After a brief period in Oxford in Imogen Sparkes group he moved to Italy where he worked mainly on viral infections in grapevines at CNR-IBBR. He joined the Robatzek group in October 2015 to study early events in FLS2 endocytosis using conventional and high-throughput imaging techniques."
Janina did her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the RWTH in Aachen focussing on Plant Sciences. During this time she worked with Uwe Conrath and Ralph Panstruga gaining further experience in this field. She joined the Robatzek Lab in February 2014 as a PhD to investigate the molecular regulation of stomatal immunity.