Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998 – 2003
    Biochemistry studies, University of Regensburg (Germany)

  • 2003 – 2004
    Research fellow with Johannes Stratmann, University of South Carolina (USA)

  • 2005 – 2011
    PhD thesis with Dierk Scheel and Justin Lee, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle/Saale (Germany)

  • 2011 – 2012
    PostDoc with Dierk Scheel and Justin Lee, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle/Saale (Germany)

  • 2013 – 2016
    Junior group leader with Ralph Hückelhoven, Technical University of Munich (Germany)

  • Since 2016
    Independent Emmy Noether junior research group leader, Technical University of Munich (Germany)

Selected publications

  • Kutschera A, Dawid C, Gisch N, Schmid C, Raasch L, Gerster T, Schäffer M, Smakowska-Luzan E, Belkhadir Y, Vlot AC, Chandler CE, Schellenberger R, Schwudke D, Ernst RK, Dorey S, Hückelhoven R, Hofmann T, and Ranf S (2019). Bacterial medium chain 3-hydroxy fatty acid metabolites trigger immunity in Arabidopsis plants. Science 364: 178-181

  • Kutschera A, Schombel U, Wröbel M, Gisch N, and Ranf S (2019). Loss of wbpL disrupts O-polysaccharide synthesis and impairs virulence of plant-associated Pseudomonas strains. Molecular Plant Pathology 10.1111/mpp.12864

  • Kutschera A, Ranf S (2019). The multifaceted functions of lipopolysaccharide in plant-bacteria interactions. Biochimie doi:10.1016/j.biochi.2018.07.028

  • Ranf S (2018). Pattern Recognition Receptors – Versatile Genetic Tools for Engineering Broad-Spectrum Disease Resistance in Crops. Agronomy

  • Ranf S (2017). Sensing of molecular patterns through cell surface immune receptors. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 38:68-77

  • Ranf S (2016). Immune Sensing of Lipopolysaccharide in Plants and Animals: Same but Different. PLoS Pathogens 12: e1005596

  • Ranf S, Gisch N, Schäffer M, Illig T, Westphal L, Knirel YA, Sánchez-Carballo PM, Zähringer U, Hückelhoven R, Lee J, and Scheel D (2015). A lectin S-domain receptor kinase mediates lipopolysaccharide sensing in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature Immunology 16(4):426-433

  • Ranf S, Eschen-Lippold L, Fröhlich K, Westphal L, Scheel D, and Lee J (2014). Microbe-associated molecular pattern-induced calcium signaling requires the receptor-like cytoplasmic kinases, PBL1 and BIK1. BMC Plant Biology 14(1):374

  • Ranf S, Grimmer J, Pöschl Y, Pecher P, Chinchilla D, Scheel D, and Lee J (2012). Defense-related calcium signaling mutants uncovered via a quantitative high-throughput screen in Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Plant 5(1):115-130

  • Ranf S, Eschen-Lippold L, Pecher P, Lee J, and Scheel D (2011). Interplay between calcium signalling and early signalling elements during defence responses to microbe- or damage-associated molecular patterns. The Plant Journal 68(1):100-113

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Collaborative Research Centre CRC 924 “Molecular mechanisms regulating yield and yield stability in plants”:

    Subproject B10 “LORE-mediated immunity in Brassicaceae”

  • Priority Programme 2125 DECRyPT “Deconstruction and Reconstruction of the Plant Microbiota”:

    “Cell-surface immune sensors – guards of plant microbiota”

  • Emmy Noether Fellowship:

    “Lipopolysaccharide functions in plant-bacteria interactions”

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Editorial board of Molecular Plant Pathology Journal

  • Member of the German Scientific Society for Plant Protection and Plant Health r.S. (DPG)

  • Member of the International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (IS-MPMI)

  • Member of the Microbiology Society

Media coverage

  • · "How plants defend themselves" (TUM press release), 2019

  • · "Plant immune system detects bacteria through small fatty acid molecules" (, 2019

  • · "How plants defend themselves" (EurekAlert), 2019

  • · "Plant immune system detects bacteria through small fatty acid molecules How plants defend themselves" (innovations report), 2019

  • · "How plants defend themselves – Plant immune system detects bacteria through small fatty acid molecules" (SeedQuest), 2019

  • · "Arabidopsis immune system is triggered by small bacterial fatty acids" (GMI – Gregor Mendel Institute of molecular plant biology), 2019

  • · "How plants defend themselves" (, 2019

  • · "Immuntraining für Pflanzen" (Laborpraxis), 2019

  • · "Immunsystem von Pflanzen erkennt Bakterien an kleinen Fettsäuremolekülen (Life Science Austria), 2019

  • · "Wie Pflanzen sich zur Wehr setzen" (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft), 2019

  • · "Immunsystem von Pflanzen erkennt Bakterien an kleinen Fettsäuremolekülen" (JuraForum), 2019

  • · "Fettsäuren verraten Bakterien an Pflanzen-Immunsystem" (APA-Science), 2019

  • · "Immunsystem von Pflanzen erkennt Bakterien an kleinen Fettsäuremolekülen" (Informationsdienst Wissenschaft), 2019

  • · "150 years of TUM – Celebrating the Next Generation of Scientists" (link to edition), 2018

  • · "How Plants Fight Back" (link to PDF), 2018

  • · "Deutsche Phytomedizinische Gesellschaft zeichnet Experten und Nachwuchswissenschaftler aus" (Press release idw), 2016

  • · "Wissenschaftspreis Weihenstephan der Stadt Freising" (City of Freising), 2015

  • · "TUM-Biochemikerin für Pionierforschung ausgezeichnet" (Press release TUM), 2015

  • · "Signal aus Freising" (Süddeutschung Zeitung), 2015

  • · "A new receptor for LPS" (Commentary by Cyril Zipfel in Nature Immunology), 2015

  • · "Innate immunity: Septic shock" (Research Highlight in Nature Plants), 2015

  • · "Pflanzen erkennen ähnlich wie Säugetiere bakterielles Endotoxin" (Press release TUM), 2015

  • · "Wie Pflanzen ihre Feinde erkennen" (Press release IPB), 2015

  • · "Wichtiger Rezeptor für pflanzliche Abwehr entdeckt" (, 2015

  • · "Plants detect bacterial endotoxin in similar process to mammals" (ScienceDaily), 2015


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