How do the patterns in leaves develop? Where do the differences between the top and the underside of a leaf come from? Leaf development is the special field of the plant geneticist Marja Timmermans who has made several internationally acclaimed discoveries and whose methods are used in laboratories around the world. In the course of her work, Marja Timmermans succeeded in finding an explanation for the mechanism behind leaf development and the role of mobile RNA molecules in this connection. For the Tübingen University, a Humboldt Professorship for Marja Timmermans at the Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP) would target bridging the interface between basic and applied research. Tübingen also wants to extend the profile of model organisms such as moss to crop plants such as maize, which Marja Timmermans is researching.
Nominating University: Tübingen University
Prof. Dr. Marja Timmermans
Born in 1964, since 2009 full professor at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, USA. Marja Timmermans began working there in 1998 and was soon promoted to assistant professor in 2001. Since completing her studies in the Netherlands, she has conducted research in the USA, including at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and Yale University, New Haven. Marja Timmermans also sits on the editorial boards of various professional journals and on selection committees of organisations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSPO). In April 2015 she took up her position as a Humboldt Professor at Tübingen University.