Dr. Vajiheh Safavi-Rizi

Dr. Vajiheh Safavi-Rizi

Research Fellow

Johannisallee 23, Room 110
04103 Leipzig

Telephone: +49 341-9736888

Short profile

Vajiheh Safavi-Rizi is a group leader (Habilitand) in the Departments of Plant Physiology and General and Applied Botany at the Institute of Biology. She contributes to teaching practical courses of plant physiology and general botany as well as conducting research on the responses of plants and microalgae to abiotic stress, particularly in the context of climate change, e.g. flooding, drought, and nitrogen deficiency. Moreover, she investigates the role of nitric oxide (NO), a small signal molecule involved in the stress signaling of plants and algae. Her research aim is to uncover the details of the underlying molecular mechanisms and major players involved in stress tolerance to develop more resistant crops. This is essential for ensuring food supply for the ever-growing population even under adverse environmental conditions.

  • Safavi-Rizi, V.; Uellendahl, K.; Öhrlein, B.; Stöhr, C. (2021)
    Cross stress tolerance: mild nitrogen (N) deficiency affects drought stress response in tomato plants.
    Plants and Environment Interactions. 2:217-228.
  • Safavi-Rizi, V. (2021)
    Towards genetically encoded sensors for nitric oxide bioimaging in planta.
    Plant Physiology. 187:477-479.
  • Safavi-Rizi, V.; Herde, M.; Stöhr, C. (2020)
    Identification of nitric oxide (NO)-responsive genes under hypoxia in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) root.
    Scientific Reports. 10:16509. 
  • Safavi-Rizi, V.; Herde, M.; Stöhr, C. (2020)
    RNA-Seq reveals novel genes and pathways associated with hypoxia duration and tolerance in tomato root.
    Scientific Reports. 10:1692.
  • Safavi-Rizi, V.; Franzaring, J.; Koeslin-Findeklee, F.; Horst, WJ.; Fangmeier, A.; Kunze, R. (2018)
    Divergent N deficiency-dependent senescence and transcriptome response in developmentally old and young Brassica napus leaves.
    Frontiers in Plant Science. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00048
  • Koeslin-Findeklee, F.; Safavi-Rizi, V.; Becker, MA.; Parra-Londono, S.; Arif, M.; Balazadeh, S.; Mueller-Roeber, B.; Kunze, R.; Horst, WJ. (2015)
    Transcriptomic analysis of nitrogen starvation- and cultivar-specific leaf senescence in winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.).
    Plant Science. 233:174-185.
  • Decker, EL.; Alder, A.; Hunn, S.; Ferguson, J.; Lehtonen, M., Scheler, B.; Kerres, KL.; Safavi-Rizi, V.; Nordzieke, S.; Avalos, J.; Valkonen, JPT.; Reski, R., Al-Babili, S. (2017)
    Strigolactone biosynthesis is evolutionary conserved, regulated by phosphate starvation and contributes to resistance against a phytopathogenic fungus in a moss, Physcomitrella patens.
    New Phytologist. 216:455-468.

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