Short CV/Education and training

  • 1961
    Year of birth

  • 1980
    General Hochschulreife (higher education entrance qualification)

  • 1980 – 1985
    Studied biology toward theDiplom degree at the University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1984 – 1985
    Wrote Diplom thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

  • 1985
    Diplom degree at the University of Cologne

  • 1985 – 1988
    Wrote dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and at the Institut für Genbiologische Forschung

  • 1988
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr rer. nat) at the University of Cologne

  • 1988 – 1989
    Postdoc at the Institut für Genbiologische Forschung in Berlin

  • 1989 – 1995
    Postdoc at the John Innes Centre

  • 1995 – 2001
    Head of an independent junior research group at the Max Delbrück Laboratory in the Max Planck Society

  • 2000
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the University of Cologne

  • 2001 – 2006
    Head of an independent research group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

  • 2004
    venia legendi (authorisation to teach) from the University of Potsdam, Germany

  • Since 2006
    Head of a research group at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)

Selected publications

  • Schubert, D. et al.: Silencing in Arabidopsis T-DNA transformants the predominant role of a gene-specific RNA sensing mechanism versus position effects. In: The Plant Cell 16, 2004. pp. 2561-2572.

  • Lechtenberg, B. et al.: Neither inverted repeat T-DNA configurations nor arrangements of tandemly repeated transgenes are sufficient to trigger transgene silencing. In: The Plant Journal 34, 2003. pp. 507-517.

  • Rossberg, M. et al.: Comparative sequence analysis reveals extensive microcolinearity in the Lateral suppressor regions of the tomato, Arabidopsis and Capsella genomes. In: The Plant Cell 13, 2001. pp. 979-988.

  • The Arabidoposis Genome Initiative: Analysis of the genome sequence of the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana. In: Nature 408, 2000. pp. 796-815.

  • Schmidt, R. et al.: Physical map and organization of Arabidopsis thaliana chromosome 4. In: Science 270, 1995. pp. 480-483.



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Elected member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) review board Plant Science, since 2008

  • Member of the advisory board of Plant Biotechnology Journal, since 2002

  • Member of Faculty of 1000, since 2001

  • Member of the editorial board of Plant Molecular Biology, since 2000

  • Member of the advisory board for The Arabidopsis Information Resource database (TAIR), 2000 – 2002

  • Member of the editorial board of Plant Cell Reports, since 1999

Additional qualifications

  • Participated in the organisation of courses, workshops and conferences


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