We are delighted to announce that Prof. Agustin Zsögön, permanent advisor of the Plant Physiology Graduate Program, had his project selected in the 16th call of the Capes/Humboldt Research Fellowship. The result of the selection process was announced last Thursday (07/02) through the CAPES website. Prof. Agustin was one of nine Brazilian researchers selected in the “experienced researchers” tier and will work closely with Dr. Alisdair Fernie, a longstanding collaborator of other professors of our program and based at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology of Plants (MPIMP) in Golm/Potsdam. Agustin will develop the project entitled “Genetic, physiological and metabolic aspects of vegetative gigantism in crop domestication”.
We are furthermore happy to announce that Dr. Amanda de Santana Lopes, a former PhD student and post-doc at our program under the supervision of Prof. Marcelo Rogalski, also had her project approved in the post-doctoral modality. She will carry out her project under the supervision of Prof. Ralph Bock, also at the MPIMP, with the project “Plastid biotechnology: metabolic engineering and development of new tools for the control of transgenic expression”.
The Capes-Humboldt Research Fellowship Programme is a joint fellowship program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Brazilian research funding organisation Capes (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior). The selection was made by a selection committee, which is jointly appointed by Capes and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In recent years, approximately 20% to 25% of applications were successful. The Fellowship enables the strengthening of Brazil-Germany cooperation and, in particular, the Plant Physiology Graduate Program and the MPIMP, allowing the strengthening and expansion of scientific relationship between these two groups in the research field of plant molecular physiology, says Prof. Agustin.
According to Capes the program seeks, in a more consistent way, an internationalization, improvement of production and quality coupled with the development of methods and theories together with recognized researchers in Germany. The main goal of this program is to allow the mobility of highly qualified researchers, with or without an employment relationship in Brazilian Education or Research Institutions in any area of knowledge.
We are very proud and delighted to see the recognition of our members. Well done Agustin and Amanda. We also congratulate our Brazilian colleagues who also conduct excellent work in other fields and had their applications approved within this outstanding program.