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Kasper Røjkjær Andersen

Structural and biochemical basis for LysM receptor kinase signalling in symbiosis and immunity

Kasper Andersen leads a research group at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University studying the signalling mechanisms that permit plants to accommodate symbiotic microorganisms. His team is investigating how pattern-recognition receptors initiate intracellular signalling that allows microbes to infect and colonise plant roots. The goal is to understand how plants and microbes communicate and uncover the downstream signalling pathways and sequence of events enabling legume-bacteria symbiosis using structural biology, biochemistry and genetic approaches. Our long-term goal is to obtain sufficient knowledge to rationally engineer nitrogen-fixing symbiosis into cereals.

Kasper’s group receives funding from the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Independent Research Fund Denmark and as well as larger consortia (InRoot and ENSA).

If you are interested in our work and would like to join the group, please contact Kasper Røjkjær Andersen (kra@mbg.au.dk).

Peer-reviewed publications