Lukas has been studying the interactions of plants and pathogens since 2012. Through potato late blight, Dothistroma needle blight of pines, and now Septoria nodorum blotch of wheat, he has gained diverse experience following similar fundamental questions in molecular plant pathology.
In the current project, he is experimentally validating candidates for virulence genes in the wheat disease, using both established tools and developing new ones. He is also exploring proteomics to further characterise the interaction and pin down relevant resistance proteins in the plant. Lukas is driven by the opportunity to make an impact on crop breeding while conducting fascinating research in the lab.