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Casandra Schenk

Casandra Schenk

Postdoctoral researcher

University of Freiburg

I started my scientific career as a food scientist at McGill University in Canada and Universidad Las Américas Puebla in Mexico, where I graduated in 2009. Afterwards, I decided to broaden my field of experience by studying a Master in Agrobiotechnology at the University of Gießen, Germany. During this time, I focused my research on the interaction between human/plant pathogens and plants. In 2012, I received a fellowship from the Mexican Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT) to obtain my doctorate degree at the same university. My project consisted in the study of N-acyl homoserine lactones produced by rhizobacteria to induce defense in different crop plants. In Freiburg, as a researcher of the Cluster of Excellence CIBSS (Centre for Integrative Biological Signalling Studies), I aim to engineer synthetic signalling modules to study root nodule symbiosis.