Short CV/Education and training

  • 1977 – 1983
    Studied biology at the University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 1983 – 1986
    Doctorate in the Institute of Microbiology at the University of Freiburg, Fellowship from the German Chemical Industry Fund

  • 1986 – 1988
    Postdoc, Stanford University, CA (USA)

  • 1989 – 1993
    Head of a junior research group at the Centre for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH) at Heidelberg University, Germany

  • 1993
    Professor at Giessen University, Germany

  • Since 1997
    Professor at Giessen University

Selected publications

  • Klug, G. et al: Biological consequences of segmental alterations in mRNA stability: effects of the deletion of the intercistronic hairpin loop region of the Rhodobacter capsulatus puf operon. In: EMBO J. 6, 1987. pp. 3515-3520.

  • Klug, G.: Endonucleolytic degradation of puf mRNA in Rhodobacter capsulatus is influenced by oxygen. In: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 88, 1991. pp. 1765-1769.

  • Conrad, C. et al.: Different cleavage specificities of RNase III from Rhodobacter capsulatus and Escherichia coli. In: Nucleic Acids Res. 26, 1998. pp. 4446-4453.

  • Braatsch, S. et al.: A single flavoprotein, AppA, can integrate both redox and light signals in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. In: Mol. Microbiol. 45, 2002. pp. 827-836.

  • Gomelsky, M., Klug, G.: BLUF: a novel FAD-binding domain involved in sensory transduction in microorganisms. Trends in Biochem. In: Sci. 27, 2002. pp. 497-500.

  • Evguenieva-Hackenberg, E. et al.: The exosome of Sulfolobus solfataricus: a protein complex associated with ribosomal subunits. In: EMBO reports 4, 2003. pp. 889-893.

  • Han, Y. et al.: A eukaryotic BLUF domain mediates light-dependent gene expression in the purple bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides 2.4.1. In: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 101, 2004. pp. 12306-12311.

  • Lorentzen, E. et al.: The structure of the 170 kDa RNase PH core of an archaeal exosome is a hexameric ring with three catalytic subunits. In: Nature Struct. Mol. Biol. 12, 2005. pp. 575-581.

  • Han, Y. et al.: A heme cofactor is required for redox and light signaling by the AppA protein of Rhodobacter sphaeroides. In: Mol. Microbiol. 64, 2007. pp. 1090-1104.

  • Berghoff, B.A. et al.: Photooxidative stress induced and abundant small RNAs in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. In: Mol. Microbiol. 74, 2009. pp. 1497-1512.


Selected projects

  • Sensing and transmission of light signals in photosynthetic bacteria

  • Oxidative stress response in photosynthetic bacteria

  • Mechanisms of RNA degradation and processing in prokaryotes

  • Regulatory RNAs in prokaryotes

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the advisory board of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM), 2003 – 2007

  • Member of the departmental council at Giessen University, 1994 – 2005 and since 2007

  • Member of various scientific specialist bodies

  • Member of numerous search committees for the academic areas of biology, medicine, agricultural sciences, chemistry

  • Chairperson of the budget committee

Additional qualifications

  • Student liaison for the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) and faculty contact for the German Chemical Industry Fund (FCI) at Giessen University, Germany

  • Project director in accordance with the law on genetic testing

  • Qualification as Radiation Safety Officer

Ad hoc peer reviewer for

  • Arch. Microbiol., Biochemistry, Biochim. Biophys. Acta, Eur. J. Biochem., FEBS Letters, FEMS Lett., J. Bacteriol., J. Gen. Microbiol., J. Mol. Biol. Microbiology, Mol. Gen. Genet., Mol. Microbiol., Photosynthesis Research, Proc. Natl., Acad. Sci. USA, Nucleic Acids Research, TIBS

Editorial board for

  • Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Reviewer for

  • German Research Foundation (DFG), Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU – German environmental foundation), National Science Foundation (USA), Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (GB), Natural Environment Research Council (GB), Israel Science Foundation, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research


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