Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984
    Diploma in Biology, University of Marburg, Germany

  • 1984 – 1989
    Scientific Coworker, University of Marburg

  • 1988
    Doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Marburg

  • 1989 – 1991
    Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Vermont, DFG grant

  • 1991 – 1997
    Scientific Assistant, University of Marburg

  • 1991
    Postdoctoral fellow at the RijksuniversiteitGroningen, DFG grant

  • 1997
    Assistant Prof., University of Marburg

  • 1997
    Habilitation in Genetics and Mycology, University of Marburg

  • 1997 – 2012
    Professor for Microbial Phytopathology, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena

  • Since 2012
    Professor for Microbial Communication, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena

Selected publications

  • Asiimwe T, Krause K, Schlunk I, Kothe E, 2012. Modulation of ethanol stress tolerance by aldehyde dehydrogenase in the mycorrhizal fungus Tricholoma vaccinum. Mycorrhiza 22, 471-484.

  • Ebersberger I, Gube M, de Matos Simoes R, Kupczok A, Kothe E, Voigt K, von Haeseler A, 2012. A consistent phylogenetic backbone for the fungi. Mol. Biol. Evol. 29, 1319-1334.

  • Erdmann S, Freihorst D, Raudaskoski M, Schmidt-Heck W, Jung EM, Senftleben D, Kothe E, 2012. Transcriptome and functional analysis of mating in the basidiomycete Schizophyllum commune. Euk. Cell 11, 571-589.

  • Haferburg G, Kothe E, 2010. Metallomics: lessons for metalliferous soil remediation. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 87, 1271-1280.

  • Krause K, Kothe E, 2006. Use of RNA fingerprinting to identify fungal genes specifically expressed during ectomycorrhizal interaction. J. Basic Microbiol. 46, 387-399.

  • Ohm RA, de Jong JF, Lugones LG, Aerts A, Kothe E, Stajich JE, de Vries RP, Record E, Levasseur A, Baker SE, Bartholomew KA, Coutinho PM, Erdmann S, Fowler TJ, Gathman AC, Lombard V, Henrissat B, Knabe N, Kües U, Lilly WW, Lindquist E, Lucas S, Magnuson JK, Piumi F, Raudaskoski M, Salamov A, Schmutz J, Schwarze FW, vanKuyk PA, Horton JS, Grigoriev IV, Wösten HA, 2010. Genome sequence of the model mushroom Schizophyllum commune. Nature Biotechnol. 28, 957-963.

  • Raudaskoski M, Kothe E, 2010. Basidiomycete mating type genes and pheromone signaling. Euk. Cell 9, 847-859.

  • Raudaskoski M, Kothe E, Fowler TJ, Jung EM, Horton JS, 2012. Ras and Rho small G proteins: insights from the Schizophyllum commune genome sequence and comparisons to other fungi. Biotechnol. Genet. Eng. Rev. 28, 61-100.

  • Schmidt A, Hagen M, Schütze E, Schmidt A, Kothe E, 2010. In silico prediction of potential metallothioneins and metallohistins in actinobacteria. J. Basic Microbiol. 50, 562-569.

  • Schmidt A, Rzanny M, Schmidt A, Hagen M, Schütze E, Kothe E. 2011. GC content-independent amino acid patterns in Bacteria and Archaea. J. Basic Microbiol. 52, 195-205.


Additional qualifications

  • Director of the Jena Graduate Academy, since 2011

  • Vice-Rector of the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany for Young Scientists and Diversity Management, since 2011

  • Steering Committee of the International Max Plack Research School "Global Biogeochemical Cycles?", Jena, since 2010

  • Coordinator of multi-partner EU project "UMBRELLA", since 2009

  • Founding member and part of the directorate of the Jena Graduate Academy, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, since 2008

  • Speaker of universities in the Graduate School HIGRADE at the Hemholz Center for Environmental Research, UFZ, Leipzig, Germany, 2007 – 2008

  • Member of the Akkreditierungsagentur Acquin for accepting study programs in Germany within Mathematics and Natural Sciences, since 2007

  • Vice-Coordinator Excellence Graduate School "Jean School for Microbial Communication" (Excellence Initiative in Germany), since 2007

  • Senator, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, since 2007

  • Coordinator of DFG-Gk 1257 – Alteration and Element Mobility at Microbe-Mineral Interfaces (Research Training Group funded by the Germany Science Foundation), since 2006

  • Trustee towards the German Research Foundation, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, since 1.4.2004

  • Dean of studies affairs, Faculty for Biology and Pharmacy, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, since 1.4.2003

  • Editor-in-chief for Journal of Basic Microbiology, Wiley & Sons, since 1.1.2003

  • Member of the Board for "Studium Generale", Faculty for Biology and Pharmacy, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, since 2003

  • Dean of Studies Affairs, Faculty for Biology and Pharmacy, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, 2003 – 2007

  • Coordinator of the EU-Marie Curie-Host Development Program "MIRACLE", 2002 – 2006

  • Officer for Equal Opportunities at Faculty for Biology and Pharmacy, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany, 2001 – 2003


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • one daughter


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