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Jens Westermann, M. Sc.
PhD student
phone: +49 (0) 221 470 3900
e-mail: jens.westermann(at)

Curriculum vitae:

  • 2010 - 2013    Bachelor of Science in Biology 

Philipps University of Marburg, Germany
Title of B.Sc. thesis: “Sprouties as possible regulators of the MAP-kinase pathway during budding in Hydra vulgaris”
AG Prof. Dr. Monika Hassel

  • 2013 - 2014    Internship on comparative Genomics and applied Bioinformatics 

Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
AG Dr. Michael Hiller

  • 2014 - 2016    Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology 

Philipps University of Marburg, Germany
Title of M.Sc. thesis: “Studies on the Improvement of Gene Targeting and the Cytogenetic Determination of the Chromosome Number in Physcomitrella patens”
AG Prof. Dr. Stefan Rensing

  • 2016 - present    PhD in Botany

University of Cologne, Germany
Research focus: Unravelling the CrRLK1L-dependent cell wall integrity control in tip-growing cells of Arabidopsis thaliana
AG Dr. Aurélien Boisson-Dernier

Scientific interest:

During my former research projects, I developed a strong interest in understanding cellular signaling pathways in multicellular organisms, whose developmental processes need to be strictly regulated. Tip-growing cells are excellent models to study the importance of cellular signaling regulation. In Angiosperms, such as the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, tip-growth can be observed in pollen tubes and root hairs. Receptor-like serine-threonine kinases (RLKs) have been shown to be closely associated with these processes. Against this background, my current research perspective is to assess the role of uncharacterized pollen-expressed RLKs during tip-growth.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy making music, hiking, running, photographing and gardening.