Pawel Gluza, mentee in the 2018 MedTech-Pharma program in VIC (the University of Melbourne)

Pawel Gluza received his bachelor and master while working as a part of Department of Cellular Molecular Biology at the University of Wroclaw, where he researched the physiological properties of FtsH4 protease and the changes that its knockout imposes on the Arabidopsis mitochondrial sub-proteome. During the MSc studies, he was granted a chance to spend an internship at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam, Germany, while being involved in a project aiming to create a novel method of studying whole interactomes in plants. After the graduation, he applied for prestigious International Max Planck Research School and was offered a position as a Ph.D. candidate in the freshly launched Melbourne-Potsdam joint Ph.D. program.

He is currently working towards a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. The aim of his Ph.D. project is the elucidation of the process of substrate delivery for cell wall biosynthesis in plant cells. In his research he combines various protein-protein interaction studies, cutting edge microscopy, mass spectrometry and preparations of native complexes from Golgi-enriched samples to provide a full overview of the NSTs-GTs interplay in plant cells. In the long run, the aim of this research is to create tools allowing to tailor biomass via genetic engineering to produce custom materials with improved properties.

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