Plant phenomics team
The Plant Phenomics team has strong international representation.
The plant phenomics team is led by Docent Kristiina Himanen who is also the Research coordinator of National Plant Phenotyping Infrastructure NaPPI.
Feng Wang has PhD in the field of Plant Biotechnology at the Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie), in Ghent University, Belgium. In his PhD work Dr. Feng Wang has done ground breaking work to characterize the complete 17 gene TETRASPANIN gene family of Arabidopsis. This work was based on comprehensive analysis at the molecular level using bioinformatic sequence analysis (Wang et al., 2012), gene expression profiling in plants and in silico (Wang et al., 2015b) and proteomic work that is presented in the dissertation (Wang et al., 2015a). Since a complete gene family has been characterized the authors have been invited to assign a functional annotation for the gene family in the TAIR database where Arabidopsis genomic information is made available for the global plant research network: http://www.arabidopsis.org/
Marcelina Bilicka has been working as a PhD student in the Plant Phenomics team since 2012 and has focused her work on the CONSTITUTIVE PHOTOMORPHOGENESIS 1 ubiquitin E3 ligase.
Mirko Pavicic has been a PhD student in the Plant Phenomics team since 2013. During this time he has made a significant contribution to the research on RING type ubiquitin E3 ligases with recent publication (Pavicic et al., 2017, Frontiers in Plant Science). He has also participated in the development of the Finnish National Plant Phenotyping Infra NaPPI by optimizing the experimental design and statistical analysis of the time course imaging data for growth and morphology. His dissertation will be an important reference to the future users of the facility.