Klára Panzarová (Šimková) obtained her PhD titel at ETH Zurich in Switzerland in group of Prof. Klaus Apel, where she focused on understanding regulatory mechanisms of retrograde signalling. She has strong background in plant physiology and molecular biology. Currently her professional interest is in understanding non-invasive multi-dimensional analysis of plant perfomance in automated high-throughput manner and in investigation of novel technologies for image-based plant monitoring. She is appointed as chief scientist for technical support in PSI (Photon Systems Instruments, spol. s r.o.) where she is currently also head of the PSI Research Center.
During past few years she worked in the team that developped complete solutions for multi-dimensional image-based monitoring of plant growth and performance, PlantScreenTM Systems. These systems are using various techniques on small and large scale level for simultaneous quantification of plant photosynthetic capacity, plant growth and morphological characteristics, plant biochemical characteristics and plant surface temperature. PlantScreenTM Systems have implemented range of commercial and customized in-house developped sensors to ensure high precission, sensitivity and integration capacity into the phenotyping systems, which can be operated in fully automated manner including data acquisition, processing and management.
Very recently PSI Research Center was opened, which integrates all of the above mentioned sensors in automated phenotyping platforms designed either for phenotyping small-size plants such as Arabidopsis and young cereal seedlings in controlled environment or platform for phenotyping of large plants of adult corn type in greenhouse environment.