The University of Zurich

Ueli GrossniklausProfessor Ueli Grossniklaus

Principal Investigator

Professor Ueli Grossniklaus is the Group Leader and Director of the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at The University of Zurich.  He is a developmental geneticist interested in elucidating the genetic and molecular basis of plant reproduction. He is an internationally renowned expert on signaling during fertilisation and epigenetic aspects of seed development but has also worked on apomixis for over 25 years. In his research, he employs natural apomicts as well as the genetic models maize and Arabidopsis to develop tools for the engineering of apomixis, efforts that resulted in a proof-of-concept for producing clonal seeds in maize.


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Stefano BencivengaDr Stephano Bencivenga

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Stephano Bencivenga is a molecular biologist who has worked on diverse aspects of plant development. He obtained his PhD from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, investigating the role of auxin and cytokinin during ovule development. After a postdoc at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK, where he worked on stem cell development in Arabidopsis and on yield gain in wheat, he joined the University of Zurich on a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship.

Ramona HartmannRamona Hartmann

Research Technician

Ramona Hartmann is a technical assistant who has worked in chemical process and analytical method development. She obtained a BSc degree in Bioanalytics and Cell Biology from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland, and worked on the molecular basis of interspecific cross-incompatibility for her BSc thesis. She joined the University of Zurich to support the Hy-Gain team in September 2021.

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