Max Perutz Labs, University of Vienna, Dr. Bohrgasse 9, 1030 Vienna
|Field of research||Meiosis|
|Keywords||Meiosis|chromosome segregation|meiotic chromosome movement|Caenorhabditis elegans germline|
Verena Jantsch-Plunger studied Biochemistry at the University of Vienna. She conducted her diploma and PhD work at the Carnegie Institution of Washington under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Fire. She earned her PhD in 1993 at the University of Vienna. Since 2017 she is Prof. of Eukaryote Genetics at the University of Vienna.
Awards and fellowships:
Elise Richter stipend, 2005
Zukunftspreis oft he City of Vienna 2008, Sonderpreis für Forscherinnen
I have been working with the genetic model system C. elegans for around 30 years, studying gene expression, cell division and chromosome segregation. I have identified genes that are essential during the last step of cell division (cytokinesis) and during meiotic prophase for chromosome movement, recombination and timely meiotic entry. Ever since establishing my own research group I have been focusing on the problem of chromosome pairing, recombination and meiotic entry in meiosis.