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Prof. Maia Kivisaar

Dr. Heili Ilves

Tanel Ilmjärv




Ulikooli 18

50090 Tartu



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Work Packages

Role in Sinfonia

In vivo mutagenesis and DNA recombination assays to explore the impact of biofluorination on genomic stability, design of DNA repair modules using enzymes involved in DNA repair

Key people involved and expertise

Prof. Maia Kivisaar (female). Chair of Genetics and group leader; expert in the molecular mechanisms of genetic adaptation of Pseudomonas species in stressful environments, discoverer of the role of various DNA polymerases and DNA repair pathways in tolerance to DNA damage and mutagenesis mechanisms.