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Sainsbury Laboratory

Research Interests

I am fascinated by cell biology. I am particularly interested in studying how different cellular organelles in plants form, function, communicate with each other and respond to external stress such as pathogen infection.


Current Research

As a postdoc in the Schornack group at SLCU, I am investigating how a pathogen effector alters plant cellular physiology during infection. The main techniques used are protein interaction analyses, confocal microscopy, and examining changes in cell biology, especially concerning plastids.


Previous Research

My doctoral research work was focused on investigating the roles of Oxa proteins during mitochondrial biogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. This was done with a DAAD scholarship and joint supervision of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Soll and Dr. Chris Carrie at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany. After obtaining my PhD, I worked in the same research group on a collaboration project investigating organelle biogenesis during seed germination and plant resurrection. I analysed the RNA-seq data of four resurrection plant species and two control plant species using certain bioinformatics tools and Python programming.



Kolli R, Engstler C, Akbaş Ş, Mower JP, Soll J, Carrie C. The OXA2a Insertase of Arabidopsis Is Required for Cytochrome c Maturation. Plant Physiol. 2020;184(2):1042-1055.

Kolli R, Soll J, Carrie C. OXA2b is Crucial for Proper Membrane Insertion of COX2 during Biogenesis of Complex IV in Plant Mitochondria. Plant Physiol. 2019;179(2):601-15.

Kolli R, Soll J, Carrie C. Plant Mitochondrial Inner Membrane Protein Insertion. Int J Mol Sci. 2018;19(2).

Research Associate

Contact Details

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street