Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992
    Diploma in Biochemistry, Faculty of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Rosario, Argentina.

  • 1993 – 1997
    Doctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Rosario, Argentina.

  • 1997
    Doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.), Faculty of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Rosario, Argentina.

  • 1997 – 1998
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Rosario, Argentina.

  • 1998 – 2000
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Botany, University of Cologne, Germany.

  • 2000 – 2006
    Research Associate. Department of Botany, University of Cologne, Germany.

  • 2007 – 2010
    Research Group Leader. Department of Botany, Cologne Biocenter, University of Cologne, Germany.

  • 2009
    Habilitation and venia legendi in Botany, University of Cologne.

  • since 2011
    Heisenberg Fellow of the DFG, Institute for Plant Development and Molecular Biology, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf.

Selected publications

  • Maier A, Zell M and Maurino VG (2011): Malate decarboxylases: evolution and roles of NAD(P)-ME isoforms in species performing C4 and C3 photosynthesis. J. Exp. Bot. doi: 10.1093/jxb/err024.

  • Engqvist MKM, Kuhn A, Wienstroer J, Weber K, Jansen EEW, Jakobs C, Weber APM and Maurino VG (2011): Plant D-2-hydroxyglutarate dehydrogenase participates in the catabolism of lysine especially during senescence. J. Biol. Chem. 286, 11382-11390.

  • Maurino VG and Peterhansel C (2010): Photorespiration: current status and approaches for metabolic engineering. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 13, 249-56.

  • Zell, MB Fahnenstich H, Maier A, Saigo M, Voznesenskaya EV, Edwards GE, Schleifenbaum F, Zell C, Andreo C, Drincovich MF and Maurino VG (2010): Analysis of A. thaliana with highly reduced levels of malate and fumarate sheds light on the role of these organic acids as storage carbon molecules. Plant Physiol. 152, 1251-1262.

  • Brown NJ, Palmer BJ, Stanley S, Hajaji H, Astley HM, Parsley K, Kaisa Kajala K, Quick WP, Trenkamp S, Fernie AR, Maurino VG and Hibberd JM (2010): C4 acid decarboxylases required for C4 photosynthesis are active in the mid-vein of the C3 species Arabidopsis thaliana and are important in sugar and amino acid metabolism. Plant J. 61, 122-133.

  • Fahnenstich H, Scarpeci TE, Valle EM, Flügge UI and Maurino VG (2008): Generation of H2O2 in chloroplasts of Arabidopsis thaliana overexpressing glycolate oxidase as an inducible system to study oxidative stress. Plant Physiol. 148, 719-729.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • DFG 2379/7-1: Photorespiration: Origin and metabolic integration in interacting compartments (DFG Forschergruppe).

  • DFG 2379/8-1: Plant dicarboxylic acid homeostasis: on the specific physiological role of enzymes involved in malate decarboxylation.

  • DFG 2379/11-1: Deciphering the role of H2O2-signalling originating from different cellular compartments and cell types (Heisenberg Programm)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft and the International Society of Photosynthesis Research.

  • Review Editorial Board of Frontiers in Plant Physiology.

  • Reviewer for the scientific journals: Plant Physiology, Environmental and Experimental Botany, Plant Cell, Plant Cell & Environment, Planta, Plant Science.

  • Reviewer of projects of Raices, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica), Argentina.

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