Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996
    University Entrance Diploma ('Abitur'; final grade 1.0 – very good)

  • 1996 – 1998
    Technical University Braunschweig

  • 1998
    Pre-Diploma (Biology), final grade 'very good'

  • 1998 – 1999
    University Uppsala, Sweden (Biology studies)

  • 1999 – 2000
    Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Biology studies)

  • 2000 – 2001
    Diploma thesis at MPIZ Cologne, Dep. Molecular Plant Genetics

  • 2001
    University diploma (Master; Biology), Final Grade "Very good"

  • 2001 – 2005
    PhD thesis, Jena University (Plant Genetics; "summa cum laude")

  • 2005 – 2008
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dep. Bioscience, Plant Research International (NL). Research stipend Marie Curie ITN

  • 2008 – 2011
    Research Associate, Lab. for Molecular Biology Wageningen University (NL)

  • 2011 – 2012
    Group leader and Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Laboratory for Molecular Biology, Wageningen University (NL)

  • 2012 – 2016
    Group leader at Potsdam University, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology (Germany)

  • Since 2016
    Professor (W3) for Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany)

Selected publications

  • Smaczniak, C., J.M. Muiño, D. Chen, G.C. Angenent, K. Kaufmann: Differences in DNA-binding specificity of floral homeotic protein complexes predict organ-specific target genes. The Plant Cell. tpc.00145.2017

  • Pajoro A., P. Madrigal, J.M. Muiño, J.T. Matus, J.Jin, M.A. Mecchia, J.M. Debernardi, J.F. Palatnik, S. Balazadeh, M. Arif, D.S. Ó’Maoiléidigh, F. Wellmer, P. Krajewski J.L. Riechmann, G.C. Angenent and K. Kaufmann: Dynamics of chromatin accessibility and gene regulation by MADS-domain transcription factors in flower development. Genome Biology 15:R41.

  • Smaczniak C., Immink R.G., Muiño J.M., Blanvillain R., Busscher M., Busscher-Lange J., Dinh Q.D., Liu S., Westphal A.H., Boeren S., Parcy F., Xu L., Carles C.C., Angenent G.C. and K. Kaufmann: Characterization of MADS-domain transcription factor complexes in Arabidopsis flower development. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jan 31;109(5):1560-5.

  • Kaufmann, K., A. Pajoro, and G.C. Angenent: Regulation of transcription in plants: mechanisms controlling developmental switches. Nature Reviews Genetics, Dec 2010. 11(12): p. 830-842.

  • Kaufmann, K.*, F. Wellmer*, J.M. Muino, T. Ferrier, S.E. Wuest, V. Kumar, A. Serrano-Mislata, F. Madueno, P. Krajewski, E.M. Meyerowitz, G.C. Angenent, and J.L. Riechmann, Orchestration of Floral Initiation by APETALA1. Science, 2010. 328(5974): p. 85-89. *Contributed equally.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Sofja-Kovalevskaja-Prize of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation, 2012

  • EPIGENESYS – European Network of Excellence RISE01 grant

  • NWO-VIDI research grant, 2010

  • NWO-NGI Horizon Breakthrough project, 2010

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Faculty member IMPRS Graduate School 'Primary Metabolism and Plant Growth' Potsdam, 2013 – 2016

  • Member Editorial Board 'Nature Scientific Reports', since 2014

  • Peer Reviewer: Science, Development, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Plant Cell, Plant Journal, Plant Biotechnology, Molecular Genetics & Genomics, Molecular Biology Reporter and others

  • Member of the Review Panel for Jameel-Scholarships, Humboldt University

  • Reviewer for Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO), Foundation for Polish Science (FNP)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Family; 1 child


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