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René Hendrik Wink

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2008Dipl. Biol.; Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Germany (Biology)
2013Dr.rer.nat; Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Germany and Michigan State University, USA (Biology)
2010-2013DFG Research Fellow
2013Postdoc; Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Germany
2014-presentPostdoctoral Fellow; WPI-ITbM, Nagoya University

René Hendrik Wink Postdoctoral Fellow
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Plant development, cell-cell communication, peptides, receptor kinase

René is a frequently laughing, coffee-addict with an ever-growing affection for Japanese language and food, in particular 'senryu' and 'karaage'. He started off his career as researcher with a Ph.D. in biology (developmental genetics) conducted at HHU (Duesseldorf/Germany) and MSU (Michigan/USA). He became obsessed with peptide/hormone signaling networks and their underlying molecular mechanisms (such as receptor complex formation) controlling processes of developmental and physiological responses at local and systemwide levels. René joined the ITbM in 2014 because of its unique possibility to expand his knowledge towards synthetic chemistry through interdisciplinary research together with chemists in a mixed-laboratory (mix-lab).

Role at the ITbM: It is yet unknown, how a family of closely related peptide hormones achieves specific developmental responses. Thus, René is aiming to understand the specificity and uniqueness of related peptide hormones through analysis of the EPIDERMAL PATTERNING FACTOR/LIKE (EPF)-peptides, whose subsets are known to control two distinct developmental processes (stomatal patterning and stem growth), being perceived through the same receptors (ER-family receptor-like kinases).

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