Short CV/Education and training

  • 1991 – 1996
    Diploma and studies in Biology, University Göttingen

  • 1997 – 2000
    PhD in Biochemistry, Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne

  • 2000 – 2001
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne

  • 2001 – 2005
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Friedrich-Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel

  • 2005
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Botanical Institute, University Basel

  • 2005 – 2009
    Group Leader, Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne

  • since 2009
    Group Leader, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich

  • 2010
    "venia docendi" in Plant Cell Biology, University Basel

  • 2015
    Honorary Professorship, Universität East Anglia, Norwich

Selected publications

  • Ben Khaled S, Postma J, Robatzek S. (2015) A moving view: subcellular trafficking processes in pattern recognition receptor-triggered plant immunity.

    Annu Rev Phytopathol. 53: 379-402.

  • Bourdais G, Burdiak P, Gauthier A, Nitsch L, Salojärvi J, Rayapuram C, Idänheimo N, Hunter K, Kimura S, Merilo E, Vaattovaara A, Oracz K, Kaufholdt D, Pallon A, Anggoro DT, Glów D, Lowe J, Zhou J, Mohammadi O, Puukko T, Albert A, Lang H, Ernst D, Kollist H, Brosché M, Durner J, Borst JW, Collinge DB, Karpiński S, Lyngkjær MF, Robatzek S, Wrzaczek M, Kangasjärvi J; CRK Consortium. (2015) Large-Scale Phenomics Identifies Primary and Fine-Tuning Roles for CRKs in Responses Related to Oxidative Stress.

    PLoS Genet. 11: e1005373.

  • Thomas Spallek T, Beck M, Khaled SB, Salomon S, Bourdais G, Schellmann S, and Robatzek S. (2013) ESCRT-I mediates FLS2 endosomal sorting and plant immunity. PLoS Genetics. 9: e1004035

  • Beck, M., Zhou, J., Faulkner, C., MacLean, D. and Robatzek, S. (2012) Spatio-temporal cellular dynamics of the Arabidopsis flagellin receptor reveal activation status-dependent endosomal sorting. Plant Cell. 24: 4205-4219.

  • Lu, Y.J., Schornack, S., Spallek, T., Geldner, N., Chory, J., Schellmann, S., Schumacher, K., Kamoun, S. and Robatzek, S. (2012) Patterns of plant subcellular responses to successful oomycete infections reveal differences in host cell reprogramming and endocytic trafficking. Cell. Microbiol. 14: 682-697.

  • Göhre, V., Spallek, T., Häweker, H., Mersmann, S., Mentzel, T., Boller, T. and Robatzek, S. (2008) The plant pattern recognition receptor FLS2 is directed for degradation by the bacterial ubiquitin ligase AvrPtoB. Curr. Biol. 18: 1824-1832.

  • Robatzek, S., Chinchilla, D. and Boller, T. (2006) Ligand-induced endocytosis of the pattern recognition receptor FLS2 in Arabidopsis. Genes Dev. 20: 537-542.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Understanding plant membrane biology under pathogen infection

  • Receptor-mediated trafficking

  • Stress-induced regulation of stomata

  • High-throughout imaging in plants

  • Transport-regulated immunity in plants: Endocytic transport of immune receptors; secretory transport; transport processes in the regulation of stomatal opening and closure; transport processes as pathogen target

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Invited advisory board member New Phytologist, since 2013

  • Elected board member British Society for Cell Biology, since 2013

  • Senior Editor Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions, since 2010

  • Monitoring Editor Plant Physiology, since 2011

  • Co-editor Current Opinion in Plant Biology issue Biotic Interactions, 2011

  • Guest editor PNAS, 2013

  • Editorial board member: Frontiers in Plant Physiology, 2011; Frontiers in Plant Cell Biology, since 2011

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 6 month old daughter


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  1. Details of Plant Immunity

    Silke Robatzek studies the 'frontline' between plants and pathogens. Her findings on how plants recognise and fight off infectious invaders could help develop food crops that have broad-spectrum resistance to disease.