Professor (W3) Plant Adaptation, University of Potsdam and Head of Department, Leibniz IGZ, Grossbeeren (2018-present)Research Group Leader (equivalent to Reader), Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, Apr 2012-March 2019Group Leader (awarded tenure 2010) JIC, Norwich, Jan 2005-Mar 2012Junior Group Leader, MPI for Dev. Biology (D. Weigel), Tübingen, Dec 2002 Dec 2004Postdoctoral Fellow, The Salk Institute (D. Weigel), US, Sep 2000-Dec 2002 EDUCATION
University of Cambridge, MRC-LMB (J. Kilmartin), Ph.D, 1996-2000
University of Oxford, Master of Biochemistry, Honours First Class, 1992-1996
AWARDS AND MEASURES OF ESTEEM
Invited to extensive international conferences, including as plenary speaker at International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) 2013, 2015, 2017. Cold Spring Harbor Asia (Japan) 2015 and 2016.
Contributing Author to Taiz and Zeiger 5th and 6th Editions: “Plant Physiology”
Kumar and Wigge (2010) featured in: Nature, Nature Chemical Biology, The Scientist, F1000 7th most highly rated paper, all categories. Selected as “Breakthrough of the Year” by Multnational Arabidopsis Steering Committee.
First Ph.D student awarded the Beddington Medal for the best Ph.D in Developmental biology submitted in the UK in 2008.
Awarded ERC New Investigator Grant
Elected onto Faculty of 1000, 2006
2005 Paper selected as a “Breakthrough of the Year” (Science)