LIFE SCIENCES

Friml Group

Developmental and Cell Biology of Plants

When conditions get tough, animals typically fight or flee, but plants are rooted in their environment, and, as a result, have become remarkably adaptable. The Friml group investigates the mechanisms underlying plants’ adaptability during embryonic and postembryonic development.

Plants and animals have different life strategies. Plants are highly adaptive, and able to modify development and physiology to environmental changes; they can easily regulate growth, initiate new organs or regenerate tissues. Many of these developmental events are mediated by the plant hormone auxin. The Friml group investigates the unique properties of auxin signaling, which can integrate both environmental and endogenous signals. Employing methods spanning molecular physiology, developmental and cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, and mathematical modeling, the group focuses on auxin transport, cell polarity, endocytic recycling, as well as non-transcriptional mechanisms of signaling. In their work, the Friml group gains insights into the mechanisms governing plant development, and have shown how signals from the environment are integrated into plant signaling and result in changes to plant growth and development.

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Team

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Maciek Adamowski

Postdoc

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Zuzana Gelova

Postdoc

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Jakub Hajny

PhD Student


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Huibin Han

PhD Student

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Lukas Hörmayer

PhD Student

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Alexander Johnson

Postdoc


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Lanxin Li

PhD Student

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Lesia Rodriguez Solovey

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Scott Sinclair

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Shutang Tan

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Mina Vasileva

PhD Student

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Inge Verstraeten

Postdoc


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Xixi Zhang

Predoctoral Visiting Scientist

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Yuzhou Zhang

Postdoc


Current Projects

Polar auxin transport | Cell polarity and polar targeting |Endocytosis and recycling | Non-transcriptional mechanisms of signaling


Publications

Cao M, Chen R, Li P, Yu Y, Zheng R, Ge D, Zheng W, Wang X, Gu Y, Gelová Z, Friml J, Zhang H, Liu R, He J, Xu T. 2019. TMK1-mediated auxin signalling regulates differential growth of the apical hook. Nature. 568, 240–243. View

Oochi A, Hajny J, Fukui K, Nakao Y, Gallei MC, Quareshy M, Takahashi K, Kinoshita T, Harborough S, Kepinski S, Kasahara H, Napier R, Friml J, Hayashi K. 2019. Pinstatic acid promotes auxin transport by inhibiting PIN internalization. Plant Physiology. View

Rakusová H, Han H, Valošek P, Friml J. 2019. Genetic screen for factors mediating PIN polarization in gravistimulated Arabidopsis thaliana hypocotyls. The Plant Journal. View

Wang Y, Gong Z, Friml J, Zhang J. 2019. Nitrate modulates the differentiation of root distal stem cells. Plant Physiology. View

Yoshida S, Van Der Schuren A, Van Dop M, Van Galen L, Saiga S, Adibi M, Möller B, Ten Hove CA, Marhavy P, Smith R, Friml J, Weijers D. 2019. A SOSEKI-based coordinate system interprets global polarity cues in arabidopsis. Nature Plants. 5(2), 160–166. View

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Career

since 2013 Professor, IST Austria
2007 – 2012 Full Professor, University of Ghent, Belgium
2006 Full Professor, University of Göttingen, Germany
2002 – 2005 Group Leader, Habilitation, University of Tübingen, Germany
2002 PhD, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
2000 PhD, University of Cologne, Germany


Selected Distinctions

2017 ERC Advanced Grant
2016 Charles Albert Shull Award, ASPB
2015 Selected to 2015 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds
2015 Erwin Schrödinger Prize, Austrian Academy of Science (ÖAW)
2014 Běhounek Prize, Czech Ministry of Education
2012 EMBO Gold Medal
2011 Elected Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2010 Member, EMBO
2010 Körber European Science Award
2010 Olchemim Scientific Award
2005 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize
2004 EMBO Young Investigator Award
2000 Max Planck Society Award: The Otto Hahn Medal


Additional Information

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ERC grant Jiří Friml PSDP

ERC Advanced Grant Jiří Friml ETAP

FWF Stand-alone Project Methylation

FWF International Project



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