The lab August 2022. Back row, left to irght: Changzheng, Marcel, Alexis, Michael, Barbara, Tomi & Harshita. Front row: Jazmin and Juan

Alexis Maizel (PI)

email – ORCID ID – +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.

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.

Marcel Piepers (PhD)


Marcel comes from Wageningen (Netherland) where he obtained his Master degree. He worked with Sacco de Vries and with us for his thesis. Beyond plant development and imaging, his interests lay in music and graphic design.

Tomas Tessi (postdoc)


Tomas is a native of Cordoba in Argentina. He originally trained as a chemist and discovered his interest in biology. During his PhD he studied how transport of cytokinins affects root development. In addition, he is an avid tennis player.

Changzheng Song (postdoc)


Changzheng obtained his doctoral degree from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University of China and then worked as a lab manager in China before moving to Heidelberg. He first work at COS in the labs of our colleagues R. Hell and T. Greb before joining us.

Harshita Singh (postdoc)


Harshita comes from Blue city (Jodhpur, India) and did her doctoral thesis on “Rice crown root development” under the supervision of Shri Ram Yadav at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. She is interested in adult plant stem cells and loves reading fiction.

Anamrija Primc (PhD)

email – ORCID ID

Anamarija Primc, a native of Slovenia, obtained her MSc degree from Heidelberg University. After staying in Spain and Munich, she is back to the lab to continue her project, now as a PhD student.

Joseph Dubrovsky (Sabbatical Professor)


Prof. Joseph Dubrovsky (Autonomous University of Mexico) spend his sabbatical year with us. He is interested in root development: main root growth and lateral root development are his main fields of my expertise. He is also interested in the ecological and evolutionary aspects of root development.

Katarina Erbstein (Msc Thesis)


Katarina studied in Mainz and Heidelberg. After several rotations and working as a HiWi in the lab, she is now doing her thesis with us

Barbara Jesenofsky (Technician)

email – +49 6221 54-5614

Christina Godel (administration)

email – +49 6221 545656

Mina Mohring (administration FOR2581)

email – +49 6221 546154


Asch Johanna Bsc thesis
Bald Lotte Lab manager
Bernreiter Andreas Post-doc
Berthet Béatrice PhD
Bouziri Sami Msc thesis
Doppler Sara HiWi/Bsc thesis
Fangerau Jens Scientist
Geier Nadine Bsc thesis
Ghosh Dastidar Mouli PhD
González Ávalos Everardo Postdoc
Jaber Sarah FOR2581 administration
Jouannet Virginie PhD
König Antje FOR2581 administration
Li Juan Postdoc
Lopez Mayra visiting PhD
Louveaux Marion Postdoc
Ma Zhaoxue Postdoc
Mägele Ira Research technician & lab manager
Mattes Nicolas Msc thesis
Moreno Ana-Beatriz Post-doc
Panfilov Yaroslav Msc thesis
Piepers Marcel Msc thesis
Primc Anamrjia Msc thesis
Reinert Maximilian Msc thesis
Ruiz-Duarte Paola Research technician
Scarpa Andrea PhD
Schubert Martin Msc thesis
Schütz Lili Bsc thesis
Stauffer Eva Post-doc
Stitz Michael Postdoc
Tarle Gauri PhD
Vilches-Barro Amaya PhD
von Born Patrick Msc thesis

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