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PD Dr. Tamara Gigolashvili

PD. Dr. Tamara Gigolashvili has been awarded Heisenberg Fellowship and has started her Heisenberg research project in January 2017.  This Heisenberg programme financed by DFG aims promotion of early career researchers who are eligible for appointment to a professorship and have demonstrated excellence in their research achievements. The grant proposal in conjuction with the Heisenberg Fellowship, which is additionally financed by DFG, is about “Dynamics of regulatory protein complexes in a changing environment – using the example of plant glucosinolate biosynthesis”.

Short academic biography

Tamara Gigolashvili is a Heisenberg Fellow and faculty member at the Department of Molecular Plant Physiology and Biochemsitry at the Biocenter, University of Cologne, where she has been since 2002.
Her decision to become a biologist was made in 1989 when she joined Tskhinvali State University of South Ossetia (a small Republic in Georgia until 1991 and part of the Russian Federation since 1992) because she was inspired by the genetic revolution and rapid development of genetic tools as she witnessed the start of the modern era of biology. (Un)fortunately, and because of the geopolitical situation in Caucasus, she left both Ossetia and Georgia in 1991 as a refugee and moved to Belarus. Tamara completed her Ph.D. at National Academy of Sciences in Belarus and her undergraduate studies at Minsk State University. Her research interests lie in the area of molecular plant sciences ranging from molecular plant genetics to molecular plant biochemistry and physiology. In recent years, she has focused on the understanding of transcriptional regulation of glucosinolates – a class of secondary metabolites produced by plant as a response to various plant pathogens.

In her spare time, Tamara can be found hearing classical music, doing yoga, dancing, going to theatre, opera or ballet, travelling around the globe or just helping the refugees.
Tamara lives with her husband and daughter close to Cologne and visits and supports her root-family in Georgia as time allows.