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Sandra Schmöckel

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interests

I am interested to discover how plants respond to salt stress and how plants manage salt (NaCl) that has entered through the roots and has been translocated to the shoot, where it is particularly toxic. My main interests are to characterize the ion transporters mediating the translocation of Na+ from the root to the shoot and discover how Na+ is compartmentalized into the shoot’s vacuoles, where it is less toxic. For my studies I am using a model system called Arabidopsis thaliana and a crop plant, barley (Hordeum vulgare).

Selected Publications

The genome of Chenopodium quinoa
Jarvis DE*, Ho YS*, Lightfoot DJ*, Schmöckel SM*, Li B*, Borm T, Ohyanagi H, Mineta K, Michell CT, Saber N, Kharbatia NM, Rupper RR, Sharp AR, Dally N, Boughton BA, Woo YH, Gao G, Schijlen E, Guo X, Momin AA, Negrão S, Al-Babili S, Gehring C, Roessner U, Jung C, Murphy K, Arold ST, Gojobori T, van der Linden CG, van Loo EN, Jellen EN, Maughan PJ & Tester M (2017) 
​Nature. 542, 307-312, doi:10.1038/nature21370 *authors contributed equally
Genetic diversity and population structure of two tomato species from the Galapagos Islands reveal new insights into the influence of the islands’ tectonic movement on gene flow
Pailles Y, Ho S, Pires IS, Tester M, Negrão S & Schmöckel SM (2017) 
Frontiers in Plant Science. 8:138. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00138
Evaluating physiological responses of plants to salinity stress
Negrão S*, Schmöckel SM* & Tester M. (2016) . 
Annals of Botany, doi: 10.1093/aob/mcw191 *authors contributed equally

Different NaCl-induced calcium signatures in the Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes Col-0 and C24
SM Schmöckel, AF Garcia, B Berger, M Tester, AA Webb, SJ Roy
Plos One 10: e0117564. (2015)

A novel protein kinase involved in Na+ exclusion revealed from positional cloning
SJ Roy, W Huang, XJ Wang, A Evrard, SM Schmoeckel, ZU Zafar and M Tester
Plant Cell and Environment 36, 553-568 (2013)

Expression of human c-reactive protein in different systems and its purification from Leishmania tarentolae
H Dortay, SM Schmoeckel, J Fettke, B Müller-Röber
Protein expression and purification, 78, 55-60 (2011)

Education Profile

  • PhD in Plant Science, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Master of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • Bachelor of Life Science, University of Potsdam, Germany

Professional Profile


Scientific and Professional Memberships

Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS)