The lab, September 2015.

 Alexis Maizel (PI)

email – +49 6221 54 6456

Alexis obtained his PhD in 2002 from the René Descartes University and Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (France). After a post-doc in San Diego (Salk Institute, USA) and in Tübingen (Max Planck Institute for developmental Biology, Germany), he was appointed in 2006 as CNRS staff scientist at the Plant Science Institute on the CNRS Campus of Gif-sur-Yvette. Since 2010 he is at the Center for Organismal Studies of the Heidelberg University, first as an independent group leader and now as a professor.

Zhaoxue Ma (Postdoc)


Zhaoxue comes to us from Shangai (Jirong Huang Lab). She is a small RNA expert.

Michael Stitz (Postdoc)


Michaël did his PhD in Jena at the MPI for chemical ecology. He is a joint postdoc with the Gaquerel lab and is looking at the metabolomics of lateral root formation.

Marion Louveaux (Postdoc)


Marion Louveaux joined the lab mid of February 2016. Marion obtained her PhD in the lab of Olivier Hamant and Arezki Boudaoud at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France) studying the role of mechanical stress to cell division plane orientation at the shoot apical meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana.


Jazmín Reyes-Hernández (Postdoc)


Jazmin comes from Mexico and did her PhD at the Institute of Biotechnology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico under the supervision of Joseph Dubrovsky. She showed how the  transition from a root indeterminate to determinate growth   in Arabidopsis depends on  folate.


Amaya Vilches-Barro (PhD)


Amaya comes from Spain. She is part of the HBIGS International PhD Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology Heidelberg.

Béatrice Berthet  (PhD)

email – +49 6221 54 6488

Béatrice is coming from Grenoble (France). She did there her M.Sc. in Molecular and cellular biology, with majors un epigenetics and development.

Paola Ruiz-Duarte  (Research technician)

email – +49 6221 54 6488

Paola  joined the lab in February 2016. She obtained her PhD at the Heidelberg center for plant sciences and worked in the lab of M. Heisler at EMBL.



Christina Godel (administration)

email – +49 6221 545656

Former Lab Members


Virginie Jouannet (PhD student)


Andreas Bernreiter (Post-doc)


Ana-Beatriz Moreno (Post-doc)


Nicolas Mattes (Msc thesis)

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Sara Doppler (HiWi/Bsc thesis)


Gauri Tarle (PhD student)

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Ira Mägele (Research technician & lab manager)


Eva Stauffer (Post-doc)


Patrick von Born (Msc thesis)


Yaroslav Panfilov (Msc thesis)

Jens Fangerau (Scientist)

Mouli Ghosh Dastidar (PhD)

Martin Schubert (Msc thesis)



Everardo González Ávalos  (Postdoc)

Andrea Scarpa (PhD)

Lotte Bald (Lab manager)

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