Jennifer Heidrich joined the MPGC in May 2014. In her PhD thesis project she works with the protein IM30 of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis. She presented her work, which helped to discover the function of IM30 as a protein triggering membrane fusion. This discovery could radically change our understanding of the biogenesis of the thylakoid membranes, the platform where fundamental parts of photosynthesis take place.
Three students from the group of Prof. Dirk Schneider at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and the group of Tobias Weidner from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research were involved in this project, which were all supported by the MPGC.