Nikolaj Abel

nikolajNikolaj Abel studied molecular biology at Aarhus University (Denmark) from 2010-2015. He performed his bachelor and master project in the group of Prof. Jens Stougaard working on the role of small RNAs during legume-rhizobia symbiosis. After graduation Nikolaj continued as research assistant in Prof. Jens Stougaards group before joining our lab in April 2016.

Nikolaj’s project is funded by the SFB924 (hosted at the TU Munich) and focuses on structural and functional dynamics of Remorin proteins during abiotic stress responses in Arabidopsis thaliana. A main aim is the identification of novel pathway components using proximity based labelling of protein interaction partners and transcriptomics.


Holt, DB, Gupta, V, Meyer, D, Abel, NB, Andersen, SU, Stougaard, J, Markmann, K (2014). miR172 signals epidermal infection and is expressed in cells primed for bacterial invasion in Lotus japonicus roots and nodules. New Phytologist, Volume 208, Issue 1, 241-256

Tsikou D, Zhe Y, Holt DB, Abel NB, Reid, DE, Madsen, LH, Bhasin, H, Sexauer M, Stougaard J, Markmann K (2018). Systemic control of legume susceptibility to rhizobial infection by a mobile microRNA. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aat6907