Isabel ML Saur

Team Leader



Isabel was trained as a Laboratory Assistant in Stuttgart-Hohenheim. She did her undergrad studies in Biotechnology at the Applied Science University Esslingen am Neckar. Isabel got interested in plant sciences and academic research in general during her placements at the Research School of Biology, The Australian National University (ANU), Canberra. She graduated with a PhD in plant immunity from ANU in 2015 and thereafter joined the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) in Cologne where her research started to focus on the interaction of barley and the powdery mildew fungus. Isabel was granted a DFG Emmy Noether group leader position in 2020. Isabel also enjoys gardening and to exercise.





Emma Crean

Research Assistant



Emma graduated with a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours in Advanced Science in 2021 from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra. Emma completed her one year Honours project in the Dr. Simon William’s plant structural immunology group, this project sparked her interest in plant-pathogen interactions. Emma continued to work on plant immunity at the ANU as a laboratory technician with Dr. Jana Sperschneider and Dr. Benjamin Schwessinger. We are now waiting for Emma’s visa so she can join us here in Cologne as a Research Assistant! Emma grew up in rural Australia and enjoys going for nature walks, pottery and reading.





PhD Student

We will soon have an open position for a doctoral student.












Postdoctoral Fellow

We will soon have an open position for a Postdoctoral Fellow.














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