Researcher Information

BEIER, Pascal Marcel

Assistant Professor

Plant mechanical adaption to environmental stress

Department of Biological Sciences, Cell Structure and Function


The adaption of P. patens and A. thaliana to microgravity and other extreme conditions.

FieldBasic Biology, Plant Physiology, Biomechanics, Molecular Biology
KeywordBiomechanics, Cell wall, Osmotic pressure, Micropillar, Microfluidics

Introduction of Research

Plants are exposed to an everchanging environment and are therefore masters of adaption. I am interested in the ability of plants to adapt to extreme stress conditions like microgravity, mechanical stress etc. To better understand how a plant can grow under these conditions it is necessary to better understand the mechanical responses of a plant. For this purpose I currently started to analyze the mechanical properties of plants in response to stress. Current cooperations include researchers from mechanical engineering, chemistry and mathematics. The goal of these cooperations is the establishment of microdevices that enable us to to measure the changes in a variety of conditions.

Academic degreePh.D.
Self Introduction

My research started in the area of plant nutrition in crop plants, while I know try to understand the mechanical adaption of model plants under extreme conditions.

Academic background2018 Ph.D. Tohoku University
2018 Post-doc, Osaka Prefecture University
2019 Specially appointed Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo
2021 Assistant Professor, Hokkaido University
Affiliated academic societyThe Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists, Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition
Room addressScience Building 5 5-602