Lena Maria Müller, PhD
After graduating from the University of Tübingen (Germany) with a degree in Biology, I obtained my PhD from the University of Zurich (Switzerland). I studied cell-cell communication mechanisms between male and female gametophytes in the plant genus Arabidopsis. This spiked my interest in intercellular communication, and I moved on to conduct my postdoctoral research with Maria Harrison at the Boyce Thompson Institute/Cornell (Ithaca, NY). There I started to study another aspect of cellular communication: peptide signaling in the context of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, a research area that I continue to pursue in my lab at the University of Miami. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, the outdoors, food, and … also plants.
I attend the University of Miami as a President’s Scholar pursuing a B.S. in Biology, and intend to graduate in 2024. I joined the Müller lab in Summer 2021. While at the Müller lab, I wish to better understand how plants prevent parasitism by AM fungi and how multiple signalling pathways function to control AM symbiosis. In the future, I hope to bridge together my scientific interests with environmental sustainability. Outside of science, I love music, animals, travelling, hiking, and the ocean.