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Two IGZ PhD students successfully complete their doctorates

15. Dezember 2023
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 Maolin Peng and Matthias Renz recently defended their theses.
Maolin Peng and Matthias Renz recently defended their theses.

The end of the year also marks a turning point for the two doctoral students researching at the IGZ, Maolin Peng from the Programme Area Functional Plant Biologyand Matthias Renz from the Progamme Area Plant Quality and Food Security, with the successful completion of their doctorates at the University of Potsdam and the Technische Universität Berlin respectively.

Peng's thesis focused on temperature regulation in plants. His dissertation "The role of prion-like domains in plant temperature sensing" studied how these domains contribute to plant resilience in fluctuating temperatures.

In 2019, Maolin Peng came to IGZ as a doctoral student and was supervised by Prof Dr Philip Wigge. His second supervisor was Prof Dr Alisdair Fernie (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology), and he was mentored by Prof Dr Michael Lenhard (University of Potsdam). The biologist was awarded his doctorate at the end of November in Potsdam.

Renz defended his doctoral thesis on the topic of "Impact of Different Plant Constituents on the Thermal Stability of Glucosinolates" at the Technische Universität Berlin at the beginning of December. Since spring 2019, he has been conducting research in the Leibniz Junior Research Group "OptiGluP" at IGZ under the supervision of Dr habil Franziska Hanschen. The first university supervisor of his dissertation was Prof Dr Sascha Rohn (Technische Universität Berlin).

We congratulate Dr Maolin Peng and Dr Matthias Renz on their doctorates and wish them all the best for their career!

The successful former PhD candidate Dr Peng after his defense (left) with supervisor Wigge. Photo: W. Zeng
Renz toasts with the reviewers and the chairwoman: from left to right Prof Dr Cornelia Rauh, Prof Dr Hajo Haase, Dr Matthias Renz, Prof Dr Sascha Rohn. In the background Dr habil. Franziska Hanschen