Setareh Jamali Jaghdani

Setareh Jamali Jaghdani started her Ph.D. studies at the IAPN in January, 2018.


During her Ph.D. research project entitled “Capacity and efficiency of photosynthesis and photoprotective mechanisms under magnesium deficiency in crop plants – linking plant physiology with plant genomic and proteomic reactions“, the impact of magnesium deficiency on the photosystem functionality and photosynthetic efficiency will be investigated. Furthermore, it includes studies on the concurrent role of photoprotective strategies such as formation of non-photochemical quenching (NPQ), detoxification of reactive oxygen species and chloroplast movement and ultrastructure. Plant physiological studies will be combined with molecular techniques and microscopic imaging to reveal structural and biochemical alterations in leaves after plants have been exposed to magnesium deficiency. The methodology used will include among others, gas exchange measurements, chlorophyll fluorescence analysis, enzymatic studies in vitro, studies on photosynthesis related proteins by 2D-gel electrophoresis, and analysis of gene expression by qPCR.

The Ph.D. project with a scheduled duration of three years is funded by K+S KALI GmbH. Supervision will be done by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Merle Tränkner.

Setareh has successfully completed her master’s studies at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences in the Division of Plant Pathology and Plant Protection at the university of Göttingen in 2017. In 2013 she did her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering-Horticulture at the University of Tehran.