Short CV/Education and training

  • 1974 – 1981
    Studied biology (Diplom degree); University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1981 – 1985
    Research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne

  • 1985 – 1987
    Postdoc at the University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, USA

  • 1988 – 1993
    Head of an independent research group at the Institute for Gene Biological Research, Berlin, Germany

  • 1993 – 1998
    Head of an independent research group at the CNRS Institut des Sciences Végétales, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

  • Since 1998
    C4 professor of genetics at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Selected publications

  • Boch, J., Scholze, H., Schornack, S., Landgraf, A., Hahn, S., Kay, S., Lahaye, T., Nickstadt, A., and Bonas, U. (2009). Breaking the code of DNA-binding specificity of TAL-type III effectors. Science 326: 1509-1512.

  • Kay, S., Hahn, S., Marois, E., Wieduwild, R., and Bonas, U. (2009). Detailed analysis of the DNA recognition motifs of the Xanthomonas type III effectors AvrBs3 and AvrBs3?rep16. Plant J. 59: 859-871.

  • Lorenz, C., Kirchner, O., Egler, M., Stuttmann J., Bonas U., and Büttner, D. (2008). HpaA from Xanthomonas is a regulator of type III secretion. Mol. Microbiol. 69: 344-360.

  • Kay S, Hahn S, Marois E, Hause G, Bonas U (2007) A bacterial effector acts as a plant transcription factor and induces a cell size regulator. Science 318, 648-651.

  • Römer P, Hahn S, Jordan T, Strauß T, Bonas U, Lahaye T (2007) Plant pathogen recognition mediated by promoter activation of the Pepper Bs3 resistance gene. Science 318, 645-648.

  • Büttner, D., Gürlebeck, D., Noël, L. D., and Bonas, U. (2004). HpaB from Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria acts as an exit control protein in type III-dependent protein secretion. Mol. Microbiol. 54: 755-768.

  • Szurek, B., Rossier, O., Hause, G., and Bonas, U. (2002). Type III-dependent translocation of the Xanthomonas AvrBs3 protein into the plant cell. Mol. Microbiol. 46: 13-23.

  • Noel, L., Thieme, F., Nennstiel, D., and Bonas,U. (2001). cDNA-AFLP analysis unravels a genomewide hrpG-regulon in the plant pathogen Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria. Molec. Microbiol. 41: 1271-1281.

  • Rossier, O., Van den Ackerveken, G., and Bonas, U. (2000). HrpB2 and HrpF from Xanthomonas are type III-secreted proteins and essential for pathogenicity and recognition by the host plant. Molec. Microbiol. 38: 828-838.

  • Van den Ackerveken, G., Marois, E., and Bonas, U. (1996). Recognition of the bacterial avirulence protein AvrBs3 occurs inside the host plant cell. Cell 87: 1307-1316.



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Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 648, since 2004

  • Member of the fellowship selection committees of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, since 2000

  • Editorial board member, Trends in Microbiology

  • Member of the international scientific advisory board of the Centre for BioSystems Genomics (Netherlands), since 2009

  • Co-editor, The Plant Cell, since 2006

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