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Nina Chumak


Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Gregor Mendel Institute, Austrian academy of Sciences, 2012

Current position

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Plant Developmental Genetics, University of Zurich, Switzerland


  1. Schoft, V. K., Chumak, N., Bindics, J., Slusarz, L., Twell, D., Köhler, C. and Tamaru, H. (2015). SYBR Green-activated sorting of Arabidopsis pollen nuclei based on different DNA/RNA content. Plant Reprod 28(1): 61-72.
  2. Mérai, Z.*, Chumak, N.*, García-Aguilar, M., Hsieh, T. F., Nishimura, T., Schoft, V. K., Bindics, J., Slusarz, L., Arnoux, S., Opravil, S., Mechtler, K., Zilberman, D., Fischer, R. L. and Tamaru, H. (2014). The AAA-ATPase molecular chaperone Cdc48/p97 disassembles sumoylated centromeres, decondenses heterochromatin, and activates ribosomal RNA genes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111(45): 16166-16171. (*Equal contribution)
  3. Ibarra, C. A., Feng, X., Schoft, V. K., Hsieh, T. F., Uzawa, R., Rodrigues, J. A., Zemach, A., Chumak, N., Machlicova, A., Nishimura, T., Rojas, D., Fischer, R. L., Tamaru, H. and Zilberman, D. (2012). Active DNA demethylation in plant companion cells reinforces transposon methylation in gametes. Science 337(6100): 1360-1364.
  4. Lang-Mladek, C., Xie, L., Nigam, N., Chumak, N., Binkert, M., Neubert, S. and Hauser, M. T. (2012). UV-B signaling pathways and fluence rate dependent transcriptional regulation of ARIADNE12. Physiol Plant 145(4): 527-539.
  5. Schoft, V. K., Chumak, N., Choi, Y., Hannon, M., Garcia-Aguilar, M., Machlicova, A., Slusarz, L., Mosiolek, M., Park, J. S., Park, G. T., Fischer, R. L. and Tamaru, H. (2011). Function of the DEMETER DNA glycosylase in the Arabidopsis thaliana male gametophyte. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 108(19): 8042-8047.
  6. Schoft, V. K., Chumak, N., Mosiolek, M., Slusarz, L., Komnenovic, V., Brownfield, L., Twell, D., Kakutani, T. and Tamaru, H. (2009). Induction of RNA-directed DNA methylation upon decondensation of constitutive heterochromatin. EMBO Rep 10(9): 1015-1021.
  7. Eisenhaber, B., Chumak, N., Eisenhaber, F. and Hauser, M. T. (2007). The ring between ring fingers (RBR) protein family. Genome Biol 8(3): 209.
Protocols by Nina Chumak
  1. Sample Preparation and Fractionation of Arabidopsis thaliana Sperm and Vegetative Cell Nuclei by FACS