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School of the Biological Sciences


Group Leader, Sainsbury Laboratory 

Using a combination of developmental genetics, imaging and genome-scale profiling approaches, Katharina Schiessl is discovering and characterising the gene regulatory pathways that are recruited and modified by colonising organisms to generate the unique features of abnormal growths in plants, such as special feeding sites and intracellular accommodation. Learn more about Katharina's research.


Research Areas

Plant organogenesis
Plant-microbe interactions
Gene regulatory networks
Coloniser-induced plant galls
Symbiotic root nodules
Parasitic root galls 


Developmental genetics
Quantitative deep tissue imaging
Genome-scale profiling approaches

Areas for Collaboration

Insects inducing galls
Gall ecology 
Computational analysis
Network analysis
Genome scale profiling approaches at single cell state 


Research Theme