The role of selected RNA-binding proteins and small RNAs in bacterial pathogenicity
Monika Arnold studied biochemistry at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (2009-2014). As a PhD student Monika investigates potential roles of selected small RNAs (sRNAs) and putative RNA-binding proteins in the virulence of the plant pathogenic bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria (Xcv). Although a number of small RNAs were recently discovered in Xcv and virulence functions have been demonstrated for two of them, the targets of the other sRNAs are not known. Furthermore, the involvement of RNA-binding proteins in regulation of small RNA activity in Xcv is not well studied yet. Therefore, Monika aims at the identification and characterization of novel small RNA-binding proteins.
Supervisor: Prof. Ulla Bonas