Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981
    Diplom degree in biology, University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1981 – 1982
    Instructor at the Blindow School for Chemical and Technical Assistants (biology and chemistry), Osnabrück, Germany

  • 1982 – 1986
    Doctoral work in biophysics section, University of Osnabrück, as a research assistant / student employee

  • 1986
    Doctorate (Doctoral of Natural Science, Dr rer. nat.)

  • 1987
    Postdoc in the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 171, Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, University of Osnabrück

  • 1988 – 1990
    Postdoc at the Fraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Environment Research in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

  • 1990 – 1992
    Research associate (permanent position) and head of the research group Stress Physiology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Environment Research, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

  • 1992 – 1996
    Research associate at the Institute of Tree Physiology in the Faculty of Forest Sciences at the University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 1995
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the Faculty of Forest Sciences at the University of Freiburg

  • 1996
    C4 professor, Chair in forest botany and tree physiology

  • 1999 – 2001
    Dean of Department of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1999 – 2002
    Chairperson of the Forstlichen Fakultätentags (meeting of departments of forest sciences)

  • 2001 – 2005
    Vice dean of the Department of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Göttingen

  • 2001 – 2005
    Member of the senate at the University of Göttingen

  • Since 2001
    Co-opted member of the Faculty of Biology at the University of Göttingen

  • 2005 – 2011
    Member of the foundation council at the University of Göttingen

  • 2009
    - 2012 Visiting Professor, Yangling, Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University, China

    C4 professor of forest botany and tree physiology

    Head of the Department of Forest Botany And Tree Physiology

    Director of the Forest Botanic Garden

    Head of the LARI (Laboratory for Radioisotopes)

Selected publications

  • Pena, R. et al.: Carbon limitations after girdling affect ectomycorrhizal diversity and reveal functional differences of EM community composition in a mature beech forest (Fagus sylvatica). In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76, 2010. pp. 1831-1841.

  • Janz, D. et al.: Pathway analysis of the transcriptome and metabolome of salt sensitive and tolerant poplar species reveals evolutionary adaption of stress tolerance mechanisms. In: BMC Plant Biology 10, 150, 2010. doi:10.1186/1471-2229-10-150.

  • Luo, Z.-B. et al.: Upgrading root physiology for stress tolerance by ectomycorrhizas: insights from metabolite and transcriptional profiling into reprogramming for stress anticipation. In: Plant Physiology 151, 2009. pp. 1902-1917.

  • Martin, et al.: The genome sequence of the basidiomycete fungus Laccaria bicolor provides insights into the mycorrhizal symbiosis. In: Nature 452, 2008. pp. 88-92.

Selected projects

  • Functional diversity of mycorrhiza in relation to land-use changes and ecosystem functions

  • Development and validation of metabolic models to simulate the operation and interaction of antioxidant systems

  • Identification and characterisation of extracellular proteins under the influence of Verticillium spec. in Arabidopsis thaliana and rape

  • Poplar – a model to address tree-specific questions

    Enhancing Poplar Traits for Energy Applications

  • Usage-oriented investigations of the tree species Fagus sylvatica (beech) and Abies grandis (grand fir) in sustainably cultivated mixed stands for producing innovative and sustainable wooden products and wood-based composites, TV 2

  • Use of mediators in the enzymatic activation of the bonding forces specific to the fibres for the production of enzyme-bound wood-based composites that are free of binding agents

  • Development of binding agents in an almost natural state from renewable raw materials for the production of wood-based composites and mouldable composites

  • Use of silanes in the production of wood-based composites

  • 1b-Excellence Cluster (Functional Biodiversity Research, FBR)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG) as the reporter for Collaborative Research Centres, 2010 – 2013

  • Scientific advisory committee of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, since 2009

  • Member of the Göttingen Centre for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) (since 2009 in the executive committee), since 2005

  • Peer reviewer and review board member for the section "Basic Forest Research" in the area "Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and Veterinary Medicine" (Deputy chairperson, responsible for the area Forest Sciences), 2000 – 2008

Additional qualifications

Editor for the scientific journals:

  • New Phytologist – editor (elected to the term 2008 – 2012 as a trustee of the foundation)

  • Oecologia – handling editor

  • Plant Cell & Environment – advisory board

Peer review for scientific organisations:

  • German Research Foundation (DFG), Academy of Finland, Research Council of Norway, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and many more

  • Tree inspection (court-appointed expert)

  • Director of the graduate programme Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology of Crop Plants


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