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Dr. Andreas Houben
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany
Dr Houben is the Group Leader of the Chromosome Structure and Function Group at IPK. His group has interest in deciphering the function, regulation and evolution of plant chromosomes, in particular the role of the centromere during the process of uniparental chromosome elimination, which occurs in several interspecific hybrids of plants. Dr Houben has over 20 years experience in the field of plant genetics and crop plant research. He also has a lectureship at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, and a guest lectureship at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

Takayoshi Ishii
External Collaboration Partner, Tottori University, Japan
Takayoshi Ishii was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany, in the group of Dr. Houben. In April 2018, he commenced a position at the Arid Land Research Center at Tottori University in Japan, however he continues he work with IPK and the Capturing Heterosis project. He has a PhD from The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Tottori University, Japan.