Short CV/Education and training

  • 1967
    Abitur (A-levels) at the Lessing School in Uelzen, Germany

  • 1967 – 1972
    Studied biology with a focus on microbiology at the University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1972
    Diplom degree

  • 1972 – 1974
    Dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany

  • 1974
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1974 – 1976
    Postdoc at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

  • 1976 – 1980
    Junior Group Leader at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

  • 1980 – 1982
    Research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany

  • 1982 – 1986
    Leader of an independent working group at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin

  • 1987 – 1992
    Leader of an independent working group at the Institute for Genetic Biology Research Berlin GmbH

  • 1992 – 2001
    C4 professor of genetics at the Institute for Genetics and Microbiology at LMU Munich, Germany

  • Since 2001
    Scientific member of the Max Planck Society and Director of the organic interactions department at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany

  • Since 2001
    W3 professor of genetics at the University of Marburg

Selected publications

  • Gillissen, B. et al.: A two-component regulatory system for self/non-self recognition in Ustilago maydis. In: Cell 68, 1992. S. 647-657.

  • Bölker, M., Urban, M., Kahmann, R.: The a mating type locus of Ustilago maydis specifies cell signaling components. In: Cell 68, 1992. S. 441-450.

  • Kämper, J. et al.: Multiallelic recognition: nonself-dependent dimerization of the bE and bW homeodomain proteins in Ustilago maydis. In: Cell 81, 1995. S. 73-83.

  • Hartmann, H.A., Kahmann, R., Bölker, M.: The pheromone response factor coordinates filamentous growth and pathogenicity in Ustilago maydis. In: Embo J. 15, 1996. S. 1632-1641.

  • Wösten, H.A. et al.: A novel class of small amphipathic peptides affect aerial hyphal growth and surface hydrophobicity in Ustilago maydis. In: Embo J. 15, 1996. S. 4274-4281.

  • Brachmann, A. et al.: An unusual MAP kinase is required for efficient penetration of the plant surface by Ustilago maydis. In: Embo J. 22, 2003. S. 2199-2210.

  • Schirawski, J. et al.: Endoplasmic reticulum glucosidase II is required for pathogenicity of Ustilago maydis. In: Plant Cell 17, 2005. S. 3532-3543.

  • Kämper, J. et al.: Insights from the genome of the biotrophic fungal plant pathogen Ustilago maydis. In: Nature 444, 2006. S. 97-101.

  • Molina, L., Kahmann, R.: An Ustilago maydis gene involved in H2O2 detoxification is required for virulence. In: Plant Cell 19, 2007. S. 2293-2309.

  • Doehlemann, G. et al.: Pep1, a secreted effector protein of Ustilago maydis, is required for successful invasion of plant cells. In: PLoS Pathog. 5(2), 2009. e1000290. Epub 2009 Feb 6. PMID: 19197359.


Selected projects

  • The role of new secreted effectors from Ustilago maydis in establishing biotrophic interaction with corn plants

  • Identification of new virulence factors of smut fungi using comparative genome analyses

  • Identification of regulators for effector genes that convey expression during biotrophic development

  • Identification of genes for host specificity of smut fungi using comparative genome analyses

  • Perception of leaf surfaces by smut fungi and transmission of signals

  • Identification of virulence targets of conserved MAP kinase using chemical genetics and phosphoproteomics

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Senate

  • Member of the DFG Joint Committee

  • Member of the DFG Senate Committee on Strategic Planning

  • Member of the advisory board of the Otto Warburg Centre for Agricultural Biotechnology, Rehovot, Israel

  • Member of the Centre for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP) advisory board in Tübingen, Germany

  • Member of the advisory board of the Hans Knoell Institute in Jena, Germany

  • Member of the international expert commission for the Elite Network of Bavaria, Germany

  • Member of the advisory board of the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences

  • Member of the Minerva Weizmann Committee

  • Chair of the European Research Council (ERC) LS9b Panel, "Applied Life Sciences and Biotechnology" (2009/2011/2013)

  • Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation

  • Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (corresponding member since 2001)

  • Member of the Academia Europea

  • Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)

  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

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