Anja Geitmann

Anja Geitmann has obtained her "Vor-Diplom" (BSc; 1989) and "Diplom" (MSc; 1993) in biology from the University of Constance, Germany. During her studies she spent a year of exchange studies at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, and she carried out her MSc research project at the Botanical Institute of the Stockholm University, Sweden.

She obtained her PhD in 1997 from the University of Siena, Italy, where she worked with Prof. Mauro Cresti, Dipartimento di scienze ambientali.

From 1997 to 1998 Dr. Geitmann worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Laval University, Quebec, Canada, with Prof. Pierre-Mathieu Charest. She then continued with a second postdoctoral fellowship at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, with Prof. Anne Mie Emons, from 1998 through 2001. Dr. Geitmann joined the IRBV and the Department of biological sciences, University of Montreal, in 2001. In 2015 she became the Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of McGill University.

A cell biologist by training, Dr. Geitmann has become interested in the mechanical principles governing plant cell functioning since taking up her position in Montreal. She collaborates with several engineers and physicists and co-supervises students from these disciplines. These interdisciplinary collaborations have led to the use of both experimental and theoretical mechanical approaches to understand plant cell biology.

Dr. Geitmann currently serves on the executive of the following societies:

Past President - Microscopical Society of Canada (MSC/SMC)

President - Canadian Society of Plant Biologists (CSPB/SCBV)

Board of Directors - Plant Canada

Vice-President and Newsletter Editor - International Association of Sexual Plant Reproduction Research (IASPRR)

...and on the editorial board of the following journals:

Plant Physiology

Journal of Integrative Plant Biology

BMC Plant Biology

Frontiers in Plant Cell Biology