04 November 2013

New head for Copenhagen Plant Science Centre


Dario Leister of the prestigious Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität has just taken up office as head of the University of Copenhagen’s coming plant research centre – the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre.

Dario Leister

Dario Leister

Friday November 1 Professor Dario Leister took up office as Head of Centre for the University of Copenhagen’s large international plant research and education initiative scheduled to open its doors in 2015.

Dario Leister’s research is centred upon the investigation of how plants exploit solar energy. It’s a field that has great implications in relation to food production for a future global population of 9 billion people.

 “Dario Leister is an outstanding plant sciences researcher with a large international network that will be useful for the centre, and university as a whole. He is also a visionary leader who will be able to put squarely situate the centre upon the international scene,” says Department Head Svend Christensen of the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

Dario Leister is currently a professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. For the first two years of his centre leadership, he will be concurrently employed as a professor in Germany.

Dario Leister, 46, is born in Germany and holds a PhD in genetics from the Max-Planck Institute. In 2005, he was named professor of molecular plant biology and has more than 120 scientific journal articles to his name.