Gwendolyn Kirschner

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow



Research Interests

Gwendolyn Kirschner's project deals with the role of the BIRD transcription factors in rice development, and the effects of mutations in these genes on biotic and abiotic stresses.

Selected Publications

  • Plant Science’s Next Top Models, Cesarino, I., Ioio, R. Dello, Kirschner, G. K., Ogden, M. S., Picard, K. L., Rast-Somssich, M. I., & Somssich, M., Annals of Botany, 2020.
  • Emergent Protective Organogenesis in Date Palms: A Morpho-devo-dynamic Adaptive Strategy During Early Development, Xiao, T., Raygoza, A.A., Pérez J.C., Kirschner, G.K., Deng, Y., Atkinson, B., Sturrock, C., Lube, V., Wang, J.Y., Lubineau, G., Al-Babili, S., Ramírez, L.A.C., Bennett, M.J., Blilou, I., Plant Cell, 2018.
  • Fluorescent reporter lines for auxin and cytokinin signalling in barley (Hordeum vulgare), Kirschner, G.K., Stahl, Y., Imani, J., Von Korff, M., Simon, R., PloS One, 2018.
  • Unique and Conserved Features of the Barley Root Meristem, Kirschner, G.K., Stahl, Y., Von Korff, M., and Simon, R., Frontiers in Plant Science, 2017.


  • PhD, thesis: “Genetic control of root meristem development in barley (Hordeum vulgare)", Institute of Plant Development Genetics and the Cluster of Excellence of Plant Science (CEPLAS) graduate school, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2017
  • MSc, thesis: “Crosstalk between hormonal and CLE-peptide mediated control of distal stem cell fate in Arabidopsis roots”, Institute of Plant Development Genetics, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2013
  • BSc, thesis: “Immunolocalisation of auxin-efflux carriers in Arabidopsis”, Institute of Plant Development Genetics, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2011

Professional Profile

  • 2020-present: Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018-2019: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Crop Functional Genomics, Rheinische Friedrich- Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, Germany
  • 2018: Research Consultant, Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017-2018: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Plant Development Genetics, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

Research Interests Keywords

root development BIRD proteins rice microscopy