Doctoral Theses completed in 2011

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Dr. Seung-Joon Ahn
Thesis title: UDP-glycosyltransferases: Comparative genomic analysis in insects and capsaicin glucosylation in Helicoverpa spp.
Supervisors: Prof. D.G. Heckel, MPI-CE; Dr. H. Vogel, MPI-CE; Prof. W. Weisser, FSU Jena

Dr. Iris Camehl
Thesis title: Control of beneficial traits in the Arabidopsis/Piriformospora indica interaction
Supervisors: Prof. R. Oelmüller, FSU Jena; Prof. I.T. Baldwin, MPI-CE

Dr. Lars Clement
Thesis title: Agricultural policy-induced landscape changes: effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services
Supervisors: Prof. W. Weisser, FSU Jena;

Dr. Christoph Crocoll
Thesis title: Biosynthesis of the phenolic monoterpenes, thymol and carvacrol, by terpene synthases and cytochrome P450s in oregano and thyme
Supervisors: Prof. J. Gershenzon, MPI-CE; Prof. J. Degenhardt, MPI-CE

Dr. Sabrina Discher
Thesis title: Charakterisierung der Transportnetzwerke glucosidisch gebundener Pflanzenstoffe im Subtribus Chrysomelina
Supervisors: Prof. W. Boland, MPI-CE; Dr. A. Burse, MPI-CE; Prof. J. Wöstemeyer, FSU Jena

Dr. Paola Alejandra Gilardoni
Thesis title: Decoding insect feeding: identification of regulatory components mediating insect-specific defense responses in plants
Supervisors: Prof. I.T. Baldwin, MPI-CE; Dr. G. Bonaventure, MPI-CE; PD Dr. A. Mithöfer, MPI-CE

Dr. Almuth Hammerbacher
Thesis title: Biosynthesis of polyphenols in Norway spruce as a defense strategy against attack by the bark beetle associated fungus Ceratocystis polonica
Supervisors: Prof. J. Gershenzon, MPI-CE; Dr. A. Schmidt, MPI-CE; Dr. T. Fenning, MPI-CE

Dr. Christian Hettenhausen
Thesis title: Mitogen-activated protein kinase 4 (MPK4) functions in development and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses in Nicotiana attenuata
Supervisors: Prof. I.T. Baldwin, MPI-CE; Dr. J. Wu, MPI-CE; Prof. R. Oelmüller, FSU Jena

Dr. Rose Kigathi
Thesis title: Speaking in context: The effect of plant species diversity on emission of volatile organic compounds from Trifolium pratense (L.)
Supervisors: Prof. W. Weisser, FSU Jena; Prof. J. Gershenzon, MPI-CE; Dr. S. Unsicker, MPI-CE

Dr. Jeannette Kley
Thesis title: Stress-induced effects on the chloroplast proteome of Arabidopsis thaliana
Supervisors: Prof. W. Boland, MPI-CE; Dr. M. Heil, CINVESTAV Irapuato, Mexico

Dr. Linda Kübler
Thesis title: Processing of Complex Host Blends in the Moth Antennal Lobe
Supervisors: Prof. B.S. Hansson, MPI-CE; Dr. S. Olsson, MPI-CE

Dr. Alexie Papanicolaou
Thesis title: Emerging model species driven by transcriptomics
Supervisors: Prof. D.G. Heckel, MPI-CE; Dr. A.T. Groot, MPI-CE

Dr. Daniela Schmid
Thesis title: Proteome analysis of gametes of the brown algae Scytosiphon lomentaria
Supervisors: Prof. W. Boland, MPI-CE; Prof. M. Mittag, FSU Jena

Dr. Katharina Schramm
Thesis title: Isothiocyanate metabolism in generalist lepidopteran herbivores
Supervisors: Prof. J. Gershenzon, MPI-CE; Dr. U. Wittstock, Braunschweig University

Dr. Andy Sombke
Thesis title: Comparative studies on the nervous system of the Chilopoda with emphasis on the organization of deutocerebral neuropils, sensory structures and olfactory behavior
Supervisors: PD Dr. S. Harzsch, Uni Greifswald; Prof. B.S. Hansson, MPI-CE

Dr. Arjen van Doorn
Thesis title: Signaling after the first bite: the role of insect elicitor and jasmonic acid metabolism in shaping plant-insect interactions
Supervisors: Prof. I.T. Baldwin, MPI-CE; Dr. G. Bonaventure, MPI-CE

Dr. Hendrik Wünsche
Thesis title: Involvement of two nitric oxide-associated genes, NOA1 and GSNOR, in Nicotiana attenuata's resistance to the specialist insect herbivore Manduca sexta
Supervisors: Prof. I.T. Baldwin, MPI-CE; Dr. J. Wu, MPI-CE; Prof. H.P. Saluz, HKI

Dr. Dahai Yang
Thesis title: Functions of protein kinases, Calcium-Dependent Protein Kinases (CDPKs) and BRI1-Associated Kinase 1 (BAK1), in wild tobacco (Nicotiana attenuata) immunity to herbivore and pathogen
Supervisors: Prof. I.T. Baldwin, MPI-CE; Dr. J. Wu, MPI-CE; Prof. R. Oelmüller, FSU Jena