Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Peter Bozhkov



We are interested in the mechanisms and function of catabolic processes during plant development, aging and stress response at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels.

Our research is funded by the SLU, the VR, the Swedish Strategic Foundation, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the Olle Engkvist Foundation, the Carl Tryggers Foundation and the Pehrssons fond.

Brief CV and contact information

Research and publications

Current members of the group 


Kerstin Dalman, foto: Viktor Wrange
Dr. Catarina Cardoso
Dr. Kerstin Dalman
research engineer
Dr. Emilio Gutierrez-Beltran
Dr. Elena Minina
Dr. Panagiotis Moschou
Salim Hossain Reza
PhD student

Former members of the group

Selected recent publications

Gutierrez-Beltran E, Moschou PN, Smertenko AP and Bozhkov PV (2015) Tudor Staphylococcal Nuclease Links Formation of Stress Granules and Processing Bodies with mRNA Catabolism in Arabidopsis.  Plant Cell 27: 926-943.

P.V. Bozhkov and G. Salvesen (Editors). Caspases, Paracaspases and Metacaspases. Series: Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol. 1133 Humana Press. 2014. ISBN 978-1-4939-0356-6
Minina E, Filonova L, Fukada K, Savenkov EI, Sanchez-Vera V, Suarez MF, Daniel G, Clapham D, Gogvadze V, Zhivotovsky B, Smertenko AP and Bozhkov PV (2013) Metacaspase and autophagy determine the mode of plant cell death. Journal of Cell Biology 203: 917-927

See an interview about this work to the Rockefeller University Press
Peng Zhao, Xue-mei Zhou, Li-yao Zhang, Wei Wang, Li-gang Ma, Li-bo Yang, Xiong-bo Peng, Bozhkov PV, Meng-xiang Sun. (2013) A bipartite molecular module controls cell death activation in the basal cell lineage of plant embryos. PLOS Biology 11(9): e1001655
Moschou PN, Smertenko AP, Fukada K, Savenkov EI, Minina EA, Robert S, Hussey PJ and Bozhkov PV (2013) The Caspase-Related Protease Separase (EXTRA SPINDLE POLES) Regulates Cell Polarity and Cytokinesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 25: 2171-2186
Minina EA, Sanchez-Vera V, Moschou PN, Suarez MF, Sundberg E, Weih M and Bozhkov PV (2013) Autophagy mediates caloric restriction-induced lifespan extension in Arabidopsis. Aging Cell 12: 327-329
Van Doorn W, Beers E, Dangl J, Franklin-Tong V, Gallois P, Hara-Nishimura I, Jones A, Kawai-Yamada M, Lam E, Mundy J, Mur L, Petersen M, Smertenko A, Taliansky M, Van Breusegem F, Wolpert T, Woltering E, Zhivotovsky B and Bozhkov PV (2011) Morphological classification of plant cell deaths. Cell Death and Differentiation 18: 1241-1246
Tsiatsiani L, Van Breusegem F, Gallois P, Zavialov A, Lam E and Bozhkov PV (2011) Metacaspases. Cell Death and Differentiation 18: 1279-1288
Sundström J, Vaculova A, Smertenko AP, Savenkov EI, Golovko A, Minina E, Tiwari BS, Rodriguez-Nieto S, Zamyatnin AAJr, Välineva T, Saarikettu J, Frilander MJ, Suarez MF, Zavialov A, Ståhl U, Hussey PJ, Silvennoinen O, Sundberg E, Zhivotovsky B and Bozhkov PV (2009) Tudor staphylococcal nuclease is an evolutionarily conserved component of the programmed cell death degradome. Nature Cell Biology 11: 1347-1354


The Journal of Experimental Botany
The Functional Plant Biology
The Journal of Experimental Botany – Special Issue on Oxidative Stress and Cell Death
Cell Death and Differentiation – Special Issue on Programmed Cell Death in Plants

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