Gwendolyn K. Kirschner completed her PhD studies at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. Then she worked at the University of Bonn, Germany, and at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi-Arabia, for her post-doctoral research. Her research focused on studying the molecular mechanisms guiding root development in model plants and cereals, such as barley and rice. Now she is working as Horizon Europe MSCA fellow at The James Hutton Institute, where she analyses the mechanisms controlling gravitropic root growth in barley, and the application in agriculture.