Our Team

Principal Investigator

Kerstin Kaufmann, Ph.D.

Professor, Department for Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, Institute for Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Scientists and associated project leaders

Dr. Dijun Chen

He has been a member since 2015

Dr. Cezary Smaczniak

He joined the lab as a Humboldt Postdoc Fellow in 2015 and is an independent project leader since 2019.

PhD Students

Julia Schumacher

She has been a member since 2013

Li Chen

He has been a member since 2016

Xiaocai Xu

She has been a member since 2017

Bhausaheb Pawar

He has been a member since 2017

Fayaz Imamrasul Shaikh

He has been a member since 2019

Rosario Vega

She has been a member since 2019

Peilin Chen

She has been a member since 2019

Undergraduate Students

Rosa Marie Einenkel

Undergraduate student assistant

Mario Alejandro Delgadillo Guevara

Undergraduate student assistant

Christopher Großmann

Undergraduate student assistant

Join Us

Master and bachelor student projects are available: please feel free to Contact Us!


Johanna Müschner

Technician/Lab Manager

Tel: 030-2093 49747

Susanne Olstowski-Jacoby

Technician/Lab Manager

Tel: 030-2093 49747

Ute Duderstadt-Gries


Tel: 030-2093 49742

Lab Photo

Flower Meeting 2019 @France

June 2019

@Côte d’Azur, France

From left to right: Dijun, Rosario, Kerstin, Cezary, Fayaz, Bhausaheb, Li, Xiaocai, Jose

Flower Meeting 2015 @Spain

June 2015

@Aiguablava, Spain

From left to right: Christopher, Hilda, Julia, Suzanne, Johanna, Kerstin, Wenhao, Dijun, Cezary

April 2013

@Sanssouci Park, Potsdam

From left to right: Diego, Suzanne, Christopher, Alice, Cezary, Hilda, Marco, Kerstin, Wenhao

December 2012

Christmas dinner

Back row from left to right: Kerstin, Diego, Suzanne, Christopher; Front row: Jose


  • Dr. Wenhao Yan, Postdoc (2013-2019)
  • Dr. Izabel Moraes, Postdoc (2015-2018)
  • Suzanne de Bruijn, PhD student (2012-2018)
  • Hilda van Mourik, PhD student (2012-2018)
  • Christopher Wils, PhD student (2012-2017)
  • Dr. Mohammad Mehrnia, Postdoc (10.2016-09.2017)