The plant development research group studies how developmental processes are regulated, how they can be controlled and how they change in response to alterations in the environment (e.g. light). The group has a special focus on microProteins. MicroProteins are small regulatory proteins that can engage their targets in protein complexes which can strongly influence their biological activity.

For in-depth studies of plant microProteins, several technology platforms are being used: 1) genome-re-sequencing of EMS-suppressor mutants 2) enrichment-proteomics 3) The use of synthetic microProteins expanded our toolset to regulate biological pathways. 4) CRISPR-Cas9 guided genome-engineering.

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Research themes

  • Role of microProteins in controlling plant development.
  • Identification of crop microProteins.
  • Growth control and tissue patterning during adaptation processes.
For students wishing to work within these topics,. M.Sc. and B.Sc. projects are currently available. Please contact

Current research projects

  • The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation 'Adaptogenomics – Identification of cell-type specific gene-regulatory modules' (PI: Stephan Wenkel)
  • Novo Nordisk Biotechnology Based Synthesis Project Grant ‘Increasing folate levels in crop plants by microProtein-engineering’ (PI: Stephan Wenkel)

Group members

For students

Are you interested in doing a project, you can read more about your options in the project database

  • Project database for students

  • Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences have various bachelor and master programs.

  • Read more about the options here