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Dr. Tobias Jores

Emmy Noether Programme
Learning the grammar of plant regulatory DNA for targeted engineering of gene expression

Institute for Synthetic Biology
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Phone: 0211 81-11808

Research Areas

The research group of Tobias Jores focuses on understanding gene regulatory logic in plants. Using high-throughput assays, they characterize the condition- and species-specific activity of hundreds of thousands of plant cis-regulatory elements. Using this data, the group is developing deep learning models that predict the activity of novel sequences and enable the design of synthetic cis-regulatory elements. In parallel, they are developing a toolkit for transgene-free genome editing of cis-regulatory elements.

Academic Career

Tobias Jores studied biochemistry at the University of Tübingen and also completed his doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Tübingen. He then moved to the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington, USA, in 2019, funded by a research fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG). He returned to Germany in 2024 and now heads an Emmy Noether research group at the Institute of Synthetic Biology at HHU Düsseldorf.

  • Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation(DFG), since 2024
  • Research stipend (DFG), 2020-2022
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