I am Wiebke Tapken, a Ph.D. student in Prof. Marinus Pilon`s lab. My main interest is in basic molecular plant biology, which leads to understand in more detail the complex and fascinating mechanisms of the plant metabolism.
My current research projects
are focusing on Cu homeostasis and Fe/S cluster biosynthesis in A. thaliana
(the "pet" of plant biologists). Both, Cu regulation and Fe/S
cluster play a crucial role for the existence not only of plants but also
other eukaryotes. My work involves the use of a wide variety of biochemical
techniques, so that there is always something new to learn.
Originally I am from Germany where I graduated with a Diploma in Biology (M.Sc.) in 2008 from the Technical University of Braunschweig under the supervision of Prof. Ralf R. Mendel. His lab works on the biosynthesis of the molybdenum (Mo) cofactor and Mo containing enzymes in plants and human. My research project during the Diploma Thesis was about the biochemical and physiological analysis of the A. thaliana Mo-cofactor sulfurase ABA3 and its significance to selenium tolerance
Coming from a city where the highest point almost reaches above sea level, I enjoy living in the "Rockies". Especially Fort Collins, where CSU is located, offers endless amounts of outdoor activities and even better, 300 days of sunshine a year.