Short CV/Education and training

  • 1987 – 1993
    Studied biology in Bielefeld and Hamburg, Germany, and Edinburgh, Scotland

  • 1993 – 1997
    Research associate in the Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

  • 1997
    Doctorate with distinction for the dissertation: Magnesium-protoporphyrin IX chelatase, a key enzyme in tetrapyrrole biosynthesis, from Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

  • 1997 – 2002
    Research associate in the Institute of Botany at Leibniz University Hannover

  • 2002 – 2009
    Senior Research associate at Leibniz University Hannover

  • 2009 – 2010
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Since 2010
    W2 professor of sulphur metabolism and abiotic stress at Leibniz University Hannover

Selected publications

  • Nguyen, X.V., Höfler, S., Glasenapp, Y., Thangaradjou, T., Lucas, C., Papenbrock, J. (2015) New insights into the DNA barcoding of seagrasses. Systematics & Biodiversity,

  • Hirschmann, F. & Papenbrock, J. (2015) The fusion of genomes leads to more options: A comparative investigation on the desulfo-glucosinolate sulfotransferases of Brassica napus and homologous proteins of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 91, 10-19. doi: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2015.03.009

  • Buhmann, A., Waller, U., Wecker, B., Papenbrock, J. (2015) Optimization of culturing conditions and selection of species for the use of halophytes as biofilter for nutrient-rich saline water. Agricultural Water Management, 149, 102-114. doi: 10.1016/j.agwat.2014.11.001

  • Boestfleisch, C., Drotleff, A.M., Ternes, W., Nehring, S., Pažoutová, S., Papenbrock, J. (2015) The invasive ergot Claviceps purpurea var. spartinae R.A. Duncan & J.F. White (G3) recently established in the European Wadden Sea originates from British populations and its sclerotia contain high amounts of ergot alkaloids. European Journal of Plant Pathology 141, 445-461. DOI: 10.1007/s10658-014-0555-x

  • Singh, D., Buhmann, A.K., Flowers, T.J., Seal, C.E., Papenbrock, J. (2014) Salicornia as a crop plant in temperate regions: Selection of genetically characterized ecotypes and optimization of their cultivating conditions. AoB PLANTS, 6, plu071. doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plu071

  • Hirschmann, F., Krause, F., Papenbrock, J. (2014) The multi-protein family of sulfotransferases in plants: Composition, occurrence, substrate specificity and functions. Frontiers in Plant Science, 5, 556. doi:10.3389/fpls.2014.00556.

  • Nguyen X.V., Detcharoen, M., Tantiprapas, P., Soe-Htun, U., Japar S.B., Muta Harah, Z., Prathep, A., Papenbrock, J. (2014) Genetic species identification and populations structure of Halophila (Hydrocharitaceae) from the Western Pacific to the Eastern Indian Ocean. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14, 92.

  • Ismaiel, A.A. & Papenbrock, J. (2014) The effects of patulin from Penicillium vulpinum on seedling growth, root tip ultrastructure and glutathione content of maize. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 139, 497-509. DOI 10.1007/s10658-014-0406-9

  • Guretzki, S. & Papenbrock, J. (2014) Characterization of Lablab purpureus (L.) Sweet regarding drought tolerance, trypsin inhibitor activity and cyanogenic potential for selection in breeding programs. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science 200, 24-35.doi:10.1111/jac.12043

  • Hastilestari B.R., Mudersbach, M., Tomala, F., Vogt, H., Biskupek-Korell, B., Van Damme, P., Guretzki, S., Papenbrock, J. (2013) Euphorbia tirucalli L. – Comprehensive characterization of a drought tolerant plant with a potential as biofuel source. PLoS ONE, 8, e63501. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063501

Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) individual project: The role of sulfotransferase proteins in the glucosinolate biosynthesis of Arabidopsis thaliana

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) travel project on Egypt: Effects of the mycotoxins patulin and penicillic acid on the activity of thioredoxins in corn

  • Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU – German environmental foundation) project: Halophytic plants as biofilters of aquaculture effluents

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the German Botanical Society

  • Member of VBIO – German Life Sciences Association

  • Member of the Association for Applied Botany

  • Decentralised equal opportunity officer for the Department of Biology

Additional qualifications

  • Professor by special appointment at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, 2006

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Keen interest in and many contacts with Japan and India

  • Updating teaching training

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, with two children (born 2004 and 2006)


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  1. "Fascinated by the enormous diversity of plants and their manifold metabolism"

    Jutta Papenbrock and her team at Leibniz University Hannover are searching for salt- and drought-tolerant plants around the globe. In their lab, they analyse the genes of these plants, as well as their physiological adaptations, and their metabolites.