Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2018
    Junior research group leader, University of Münster, Germany

  • 2016
    Postdoc, Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany

  • 2012 – 2015
    PhD, Max-Planck institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany

  • 2006 – 2011
    Master in Biology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • Böttner L, Grabe V, Gablenz S, Böhme N, Appenroth KJ, Gershenzon J, Huber M (2020). Differential localization of flavonoid glucosides in the duckweed Spirodela polyrhiza implicates different functions under abiotic stress. Plant, Cell & Environment. doi: 10.1111/pce.13974

  • Xu S, Stapley J, Gablenz S, Boyer J, Appenroth KJ, SK Sree, Gershenzon J, Widmer A, Huber M (2019) Low genetic variation is associated with low mutation rate in the giant duckweed. Nature Communications. 10.

  • Huber M, Epping J, Schulze Gronover C, Fricke J, Aziz Z, Brillatz T, Swyers M, Köllner TG, Vogel H, Hammerbacher A, Triebwasser-Freese D, Robert CAM, Verhoeven K, Preite V, Gershenzon J, Erb M (2016) A below ground herbivore benefits plant fitness under root herbivore attack. PLoS Biology. 14(1): e1002332.

  • Huber M, Bont Z, Fricke J, Brillatz T, Aziz Z, Gershenzon J, Erb M* (2016) A below ground herbivore shapes root defensive chemistry in natural plant populations. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences. 283 (1827).

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Activation of plant toxins by herbivorous insects (German Research Foundation, own post), 2020 – 2023

  • Learning from past generations – adaptive transgenerational memories in clonal plants (Volkswagen Foundation, Experiment!), 2020 – 2022

  • Biopolymers in plant ecology: unravelling the ecological roles of natural rubber in trophic interactions (Swiss National Science Foundation, postdoc mobility fellowship), 2020 – 2022

Media coverage

  • Xu et al., 2019. Nature Communications. Münster Journal: 27.3.2019. Entengrütze: Neue Fakten über eine kleine Pflanze. Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft: 26.3.2019. Niedrige Mutationsrate der Vielwurzeligen Teichlinse. Philosophiebüro Berlin: 29.3.2019. Erbgut der Entengrütze: Niedrige Mutationsrate trägt zu geringer genetischen Vielfalt bei. Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften & Biomedizin in Deutschland: 26.3.2019. Erbgut der Entengrütze: Niedrige Mutationsrate trägt zu geringer genetischen Vielfalt bei.

  • Huber et al., 2016. PloS Biology. Osttühringer Zeitung: 24.04.2016. Überlebenskünstler: Wie sich der Löwenzahn gegen seine natürlichen Feinde wehrt. Lab Times: 15.02.2016. Latex as a life safer – for the dandelion. Global News Connect: 08.01.2016. The dandelion uses latex to strengthen the roots opposite insect feeding. Innovations Report: 06.01.2016. Löwenzahn schützt sich mit Latex vor Maikäfer-Larven. Crop Protection News Report: 06.01.2016. Study shows chemical compound in latex deters insects. IflScience: 06.01.2016. Dandelions produce latex to protect their roots against grubs. SeedQuest: 05.01.2016. The dandelion uses latex to protect its roots against insect feeding

  • Huber et al., 2015. Phytochemistry. Nature Plants Research Highlight: Plant defence: Rubber bullets.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Three children (born 2015, 2017, 2019)


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