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Dr Martin Balcerowicz

Dr Martin Balcerowicz

Research Associate

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street

Cambridge CB2 1LR

Research Interests

As a scientist I am fascinated by the plasticity of plant development and how this is regulated by both intrinsic and environmental factors. Throughout my research career I aimed to reveal how external signals such as light and temperature control plant shape, size and developmental progression – how are these signals perceived, which molecules are involved in the signalling process and how is a response to these signals generated? Environmental signals trigger changes in numerous endogenous processes, protein signalling cascades as well as phytohormone accumulation and redistribution featuring prominently among them. To accurately observe changes in these processes with high spatiotemporal resolution, sensitive and easy-to-detect biosensors are required. My work in the Jones lab encompasses engineering of phytohormone biosensors as well as establishing a reporter system for subcellular protein localisation, with the ultimate goal to deploy these systems in planta to observe changes in the respective biomolecule’s level and distribution upon perception of external signals.

Key Publications

Brestovitsky, A., Ezer, D., Waidmann, S., Maslen, S.L., Balcerowicz, M., Cortijo, S., Charoensawan, V., Martinho, C., Rhodes, D., Jonak, C., Wigge, P.A. (2019). DEK influences the trade-off between growth and arrest via H2A.Z-nucleosomes in Arabidopsis. bioRxiv.


Balcerowicz, M., Kerner, K., Schenkel, C., Hoecker, U. (2017). SPA Proteins Affect the Subcellular Localization of COP1 in the COP1/SPA Ubiquitin Ligase Complex during Photomorphogenesis. Plant Physiol. 174: 1314-1321.


Balcerowicz, M.# and Hoecker, U. (2014). Auxin – a novel regulator of stomatal development. Trends Plant Sci. 19: 747-749.  (# corresponding authorship)


Balcerowicz, M., Ranjan, A., Rupprecht, L., Fiene, G., Hoecker, U. (2014). Auxin represses stomatal development in dark-grown seedlings via Aux/IAA proteins. Development 141: 3165-3176.


Putterill, J., Zhang, L., Yeoh, C.C., Balcerowicz, M., Jaudal, M., Varkonyi-Gasic, E. (2013) FT genes and regulation of flowering in the legume Medicago truncatula. Funct. Plant Biol. 40: 1199-1207.


Yeoh, C.C., Balcerowicz, M., Zhang, L., Jaudal, M., Brocard, L., Ratet, P., Putterill, J. (2013) Fine mapping links the FTa1 flowering time regulator to the dominant spring1 locus in Medicago. PLoS One 8: e53467.


Balcerowicz, M.*, Fittinghoff, K.*, Wirthmueller, L., Maier, A., Fackendahl, P., Fiene, G., Koncz, C., Hoecker, U. (2011) Light exposure of Arabidopsis seedlings causes rapid de-stabilization as well as selective post-translational inactivation of the repressor of photomorphogenesis SPA2. Plant J. 65: 712-723. (* shared first authorship)

*equal contribution 

Yeoh, C.C., Balcerowicz, M., Laurie, R., Macknight, R., Putterill, J. (2011) Developing a method for customized induction of flowering. BMC Biotechnol. 11: 11-36.