Dr. Robert BoehmHead of Molecular Breeding, Klemm + Sohn GmbH & Co. KG/ Selecta One, Germany
Dr. Martina JuranićSenior Researcher at Plant Breeding, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands
Dr. Robert Boehm
After studying biology in Freiburg i. Breisgau (1988-1994), Robert Boehm obtained his Ph.D. at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology, the University of Tübingen (Prof. Dr. Lutz Heide, 1999). He wrote his dissertation on metabolic engineering approaches to plant-derived therapeutic substances. In 1999, he joined Prof. Heide Schnabl’s group at the Institute of Plant Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology, Bonn University, to develop duckweed as an expression system for recombinant therapeutic proteins (molecular farming). To expand his expertise in plant biotechnology, he then spent some time at the Institute of Glycobiology at Oxford University as well as at the Institute of Agricultural Genetics in Hanoi/Viet Nam. Dr. Boehm is an expert in plant transformation and in vitro-culture and has worked as a lecturer at the Universities of Bonn and Dortmund.
In 2007, Dr. Robert Boehm joined Ornamental Bioscience GmbH as an R&D Manager. The company aimed to develop genetically engineered ornamental plants with improved tolerances against biotic and abiotic stress. In 2012, the company was taken over by Klemm + Sohn GmbH, a part of the Selecta one group. Selecta one is a leading breeder, producer, and marketer of vegetatively propagated ornamental plants worldwide. Here, Robert Boehm is heading the group´s central laboratory facility in Stuttgart, which includes plant pathogen diagnostic, in vitro culture, and biotechnological research.
Dr. Martina Juranić
Dr. Martina Juranić has started her scientific career at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2013, followed by a postdoctoral training and Researcher position at CSIRO, Australia. In 2020, she joined the Ornamentals, Tissue Culture and Gene Technology group at Plant Breeding, WUR, Netherlands. Her research expertise comes from the field of sexual and asexual plant reproduction of different plant species, with the ultimate goal of utilizing this knowledge to advance breeding of crop plants. Currently, she is working to develop and implement new plant breeding techniques and related technologies in tissue culture, as well as to advance general tools specific for ornamentals.