AGYA Member

Salma Balazadeh


Areas of Expertise:
Functional Plant Biology, Gene Regulatory Networks, Stress Tolerance, Autophagy Genomics

About me

I am Group Leader of the cooperative research group "Stress Control Networks" at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Germany. My group focuses on understanding the signaling mechanisms that trigger responses to environmental stress and unravelling the cellular processes through which plants counteract stress, with the aim to control plant tolerance to secure global food supply.

Being a member of the AGYA gives me a chance not only to improve my domain and scientific skills, but provides a platform for developing and implementing interdisciplinary research at an international level which is highly desirable for the benefit of the society. I strongly believe that the membership of the AGYA offers me an opportunity in forwarding my scientific knowledge and achievements towards societal needs, e.g. by breeding stress-tolerant or high-yielding crop plants that grow in unfavourable environments.

Current projects


  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Energy, Water and Environment
  • 2016 - 2020: Principal Investigator of a project funded by DFG, Sonderforschungsbereich/Cooperative Research Centre 973 "Priming and memory of organismic responses to stress"
  • 2013 - 2016: Project funded by DFG (BA 4769/2-1): "Functional analysis of the role of Arabidopsis NAC transcription factor JUNGBRUNNEN1 (JUB1) in GA and BR signalling"
  • 2012 - 2016 (Phase 2): Project funded by DFG, Forschergruppe FOR 948: Nitrogen uptake, metabolism and remobilization in leaves during plant senescence

Academic Career

2017 - Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology; Potsdam, Germany
2016 Habilitation in Molecular Plant Physiology (Dr. rer. nat. habil), Faculty of Science, University of Potsdam; Germany
2010 - 2016
Group Leader, Cooperative Research Group "Gene Regulatory Networks", Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology; Potsdam, Germany
2008 Post-doc Research Assistant, University of Potsdam; Germany
2008 PhD in Molecular Plant Biology, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and University of Potsdam; Germany
2004 MSc, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Tehran; Iran


Selected Publications


  • Allu A. D., Brotman Y., Xue G-P., & Balazadeh, S. (2016). Transcription factor ANAC032 modulates JA/SA signalling in response to Pseudomonas syringae infection. EMBO Rep. 17: 1578-1589.
  • Sedaghatmehr, M., Müller-Röber, B., & Balazadeh, S. (2016). The plastid metalloprotease FtsH6 and small heat shock protein HSP21 jointly regulate thermomemory in Arabidopsis. Nature Commun. 7: 12439.
  • Shahnejat-Bushehri, S., Tarkowska, D., Sakuraba, S., & Balazadeh, S. (2016). Arabidopsis NAC transcription factor JUB1 regulates GA/BR metabolism and signalling. Nature Plants, 2: 16013.

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