Department of Botany I - Plant-Physiology and Biophysics

Dr. Kenji Fukushima

Group Dr. Kenji Fukushima

University Wuerzburg
Biozentre, Julius-von-Sachs-Institute for Biosciences
Department for Molecular Plant-Physiologie and Biophysics - Botany I
Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology
Julius-von-Sachs-Platz 2
97082 Wuerzburg

Tel.: +49 931 31-84324
Fax: +49 931 31-86158


Room: 201


Dr. Kenji Fukushima (Head)

Matthias Freund (Doctoral Researcher)

Dr. Dorothea Graus (Postdoc)

Anda-Larisa Iosip (Postdoc)

Hector Montero-Sommerfeld (Postdoc)

Franziska Saul (Doctoral Researcher)

Dr. Nadine Schäfer (Postdoc)

Dr. Takanori Wakatake (Postdoc)

Xiadan Zheng (Doctoral Researcher)

Focus of the group

Although evolutionary processes are largely stochastic, natural selection resulted in the marked elaboration of form and function in living organisms. Carnivorous plants provide one of the most remarkable examples of complex trait evolution in 200 million years of flowering plant diversification. Many important topics of evolutionary biology are involved in their origin and evolution: drastic morphological changes, convergence, co-option, preadaptation, phenotypic plasticity, and so on. We aim to reveal as-yet-unknown mechanisms behind evolutionary processes using carnivorous plants (and few other fascinating species) by combining genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, and anything useful.