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The Pecinka lab is hosted by the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany.

Our goal is to understand molecular and evolutionary mechanisms shaping plant genomes and epigenomes. We analyze how DNA sequence and chromatin changes are generated by endo- and exogenous factors and how these forces are balanced by the genome repair and epigenetic mechanisms. To this end we use mainly the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and several other Brassicaceae and analyze them by forward and reverse genetics, molecular, biochemical, cytogenetic and bioinformatic methods. read more...

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Recent Publications

  • Piofczyk T, Jeena G, Pecinka A. Arabidopsis thaliana natural variation reveals connections between UV radiation stress and plant pathogen-like defense responses. Plant Physiology Biochemistry DOI: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2015.01.011 (2015) Full text
  • Abdelsamad A, Pecinka A. Pollen-Specific Activation of Arabidopsis Retrogenes Is Associated with Global Transcriptional Reprogramming. Plant Cell DOI: http:/​/​dx.​doi.​org/​10.​1105/​tpc.​114.​126011 (2014). Open access PDF
  • Pecinka A, Liu C.-H. Drugs for Plant Chromosome and Chromatin Research. Cytogenetic Genome Research DOI: 10.1159/000360774 (2014). Full text


  • 2015-03-23: PhD/Post-doc position in comparative analysis of stress-induced chromatin changes available Flyer
  • 2015-02-10: "Arabis alpina" genome reveals peculiar pattern of DNA methylation. See more in the current Nature Plants paper by Schneeberger lab Full text
  • 2015-02-05: Arabidopsis natural variation in response to UV stress reveals connections to pathogen-like responses. Read more in our Plant Physiology and Biochemistry paper Full text

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