People

Group members

Panagiotis Moschou

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Panagiotis Moschou obtained a Master degree and PhD in Plant Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology at the University of Crete (Greece) in Prof. Roubelakis-Angelakis lab. His work focused on the roles of the catabolism of small metabolic molecules known as polyamines. He discovered a new class of polyamine oxidases that regulate plant development, stress responses, and cell fate. He did a postdoc in the lab of Prof. Peter Bozhkov at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala (Sweden), where he studied mechanisms by which plant cell polarity and fate are coupled by proteolysis. In 2016 he spent a year in the lab of Prof. Jonathan Jones (The Sainsbury Lab, UK) as a visiting researcher focusing on the development of new methods for studying proteolysis. At the same time, he started his lab in the Department of Plant Biology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences as an Associate Professor. In 2018 he started a lab at the Department of Biology, the University of Crete where he was recruited as an Associate Professor. He is also an affiliated researcher at the Foundation of Research and Technology, Hellas.

panagiotis.moschou@slu.se

panagiotis.moschou@uoc.gr

panagiotis.moschou@imbb.forth.gr

Protein Homeostasis

Chen Liu

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Chen Liu obtained a Master degree in Botany at the SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY (China) in Prof. Shangzhi Huang lab and got a PhD in Plant Molecular Physiology at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany) in Dr Anton Schäffner lab. Her PhD work focused on how the Aquaporin protein level was affected by the same gene family in Arabidopsis. In 2017, she started her postdoc at the Department of Plant Biology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Chen is studying how cell polarity is established in plant cells and how this impacts developmental fate.

chen.liu@slu.se

Leda Tympa

Leda Tympa

Leda Tympa obtained a Master’s degree in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Crete, Greece in Prof. Kiriakos Kotzabasis lab. In 2018, she started as a PhD candidate in Assoc. Prof. Panagiotis Moschou’s lab at the University of Crete. Leda is studying the role of membranes in environmental perception and developmental fate.

RNA Homeostasis

Boyu Liu

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Boyu Liu obtained his Master degree and PhD in Botany at Hunan Agricultural University (China) in Prof. Ying Ruan’s lab. His work focused on histone modification in plant development, flowering time control, and organ size control. He worked in Wen-hui Shen’s lab (IBMP-CNRS, Strasbourg, France) for five months in 2012, where he studied how plant development is regulated by histone modification. He got his PhD degree in 2016 and now he is working at Hunan Agricultural University as a Lecturer. In Moschou’s lab, he will study how the complex Scc2-Scc4 regulates the loading of the protein cohesin on chromatin.

liuboyu@hunau.edu.cn

Amna Muhammad

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Amna is a visiting Ph.D. student and an HEC scholarship fellow. She is studying how certain proteins form complexes with mRNA and what is the functional significance of these complexes in RNA metabolism and plant development.

amna.muhammad@slu.se

Brassica napus project/genome editing

Anna Törnkvist

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Anna Törnkvist obtained a Master’s degree in Plant Biology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Prof. Christina Dixelius lab. In 2018, she started as a PhD candidate in Assoc. Prof. Panagiotis Moschou’s lab at the Department of Plant Biology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Anna is studying the role of proteolysis in the oil crop rapeseed (Brassica napus) with a focus on crop improvement. Her work is also focused on optimizing and developing new approaches for genome editing.

anna.tornkvist@slu.se

Mohamed Mounir Boucetta

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Mounir obtained a bachelor in Agricultural Sciences from the National High Institute of Agronomy in Algiers (Algeria). Then he moved to Umeå (Sweden) where he is enrolled in Plant and Forest Biotechnology Master Program (Umeå Plant Science Center). Mounir is a master student that he is developing CRISPR mutants involved in proteolysis.

mohamed.mounir.boucetta@slu.se

Co-supervised PhD students

Pruthvi Balachandra (with the group of Eugene Savenkov), pruthvi.balachandra@slu.se

Dimitrios Templalexis (with the group of Stamatis Rigas), dimitempl@aua.gr

Anis Meschichi (with the group of Stephanie Rosa), anis.meschichi@slu.se

Alumni

2018

Peter Herfs, project student

Theodor Crispin, project student

2017

Zoltan Takacs, visiting PhD student

Leda-Eleni Tympa, project student

Alexander Tsoi, project student

Ana María Ribes Moya, visiting PhD student

Miguel Bracho, visiting PhD student

Interested in working with us?

Undergraduate Students
We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable undergraduate students who are interested in gaining experience in research. Prospective students will be trained in a variety of molecular and cellular biology techniques, including confocal microscopy and genome editing (CRISPR/Cas9). If you are interested in working with us, send your CV (including relevant skills and research experiences) and a short motivation statement (max. 1 page) to Dr Panagiotis Moschou.

Graduate Students
If you are interested in working with Dr Panagiotis Moschou as a graduate student, send your CV (including relevant skills, research experiences, and research interests) to Dr Panagiotis Moschou.

International Students and Collaborators
If you are thinking about visiting us, send your CV (including relevant skills, research experiences, and interests) to Dr Panagiotis Moschou.