Dr. Axel Schwekendiek
Assistant Professor (C1)
Dept. of Plant Breeding & Biotechnology (350c)
University of Hohenheim
phone: +49 711 459-2342
fax: +49 711 459 2343
Who am I?
I have my foundation in plant biochemistry and plant biotechnology with a strong focus on the development of 'value added plants' by genetic engineering. Since I moved to Hohenheim I did a lot of teaching and developed a strong interest in synthetic biology. Although I joined the evaluation panel for projects submitted under the Synthetic Biology initiative of the NEST Pathfinder call of the EU in 2004, I have no projects funded by the EU inititative. I still have the impression that plant sciences are under represented in the field of Synthetic Biology and I am wondering why. Beginning with the fall semester 2006, I will be joining the biology faculty of the University of Northern Iowa. I have plans to more engage in Synthetic Biology research and I really hope that I will find ways to emphasize the specific advantages of plants in this endeavour.
2000-current: Assistant Professor for Plant Biotechnology, Univ of Hohenheim, Germany
1999-2000: Postdoc Plant Pathology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
1995-1998: Database Admin and Software Developer, Genoma GmbH, Germany
1994: Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Univ of Marburg, Germany
1991: M.Sc. in Chemistry, Univ. of Marburg, Germany
--Axel 08:34, 22 March 2006 (EST)