Short CV/Education and training

Professional career

  • Since 2016
    Director of the Center for Synthetic Microbiology (SYNMIKRO), Universität Marburg

  • 2014 – 2016
    Vice Director of SYNMIKRO, Universität Marburg

  • Since 2011
    Professor (W3) of Microbiology, Department of Biology, Universität Marburg

  • 2008 – 2011
    Prof. (tenure track) of Microbial Genetics and Systems Biology and member of the Center for Biological Systems Analysis (ZBSA), Universität Freiburg

  • Since 2007
    Adjunct Prof. (apl. Prof.), Faculty of Biology, Universität Bielefeld

  • 2001 – 2007
    Head of Junior Group, Bioinformatics Initiative (DFG), Universität Bielefeld

  • 2000 – 2007
    Assistant Prof. (C2), Universität Bielefeld

  • 2000 – 2007
    Head of the Transcriptomics Facility, CeBiTec, Universität Bielefeld

  • 1999
    Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

  • 1995 – 2001
    Group leader: Microbial Polysaccharide Production, Universität Bielefeld

  • 1994 – 1995
    Postdoctoral researcher, Universität Bielefeld

Scientific degrees

  • 2000
    Habilitation for Genetics (Faculty of Biology), Universität Bielefeld

  • 1994
    Doctoral of Natural Science (Dr rer. nat.), microbial genetics, Bielefeld University

  • 1991
    Diploma degree (biology), Bielefeld University, Germany

Selected publications

  • Krol, E., Stuckenschneider, L., Kästle, J., Graumann, P.L., Becker, A. (2021) Stable inheritance of Sinorhizobium meliloti cell growth polarity requires an FtsN-like protein and an amidase. Nat. Comm. 12: 545.

  • Krol, E., Yau, H.C.L., Lechner, M., Schäper, S., Bange, G., Vollmer, W., Becker, A. (2020) Tol-Pal system Rgs proteins interact to promote unipolar growth cell division in Sinorhizobium meliloti. mBio 11: e00306-20.

  • Schäper, S., Wendt, H., Bamberger, J., Sieber, V., Schmid, J., Becker, A. (2019) A bifunctional UDP-sugar 4-epimerase supports biosynthesis of multiple cell surface polysaccharides in Sinorhizobium meliloti. J Bacteriol 201: e00801-18.

  • Schäper, S., Yau, H., Krol, E., Skotnicka, D., Heimerl, T., Gray, J., Kaever, V., Søgaard-ersen, L., Vollmer, W., Becker, A. (2018) Seven-transmembrane receptor protein RgsP cell wall-binding protein RgsM promote unipolar growth in Rhizobiales. PLoS Genet. 14: e1007594.

  • 5Schäper, S., Steinchen, W., Krol, E., Altegoer, F., Skotnicka, D., Søgaard-ersen, L., Bange, G., Becker, A. (2017) AraC-like transcriptional activator CuxR binds c di GMP by a PilZ-like mechanism to regulate extracellular polysaccharide production. Proc. Natl. Acad Sci. U.S.A. 114: E4822-E4831.

  • Döhlemann, J., Wagner, M., Happel, C., Carrillo, M., Sobetzko, P., Erb, T.J., Thanbichler, M., Becker, A. (2017) A family of single copy repABC-type shuttle vectors stably maintained in the alpha-proteobacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti. ACS Synth. Biol. 6: 968-984.

  • Jofré, E., Liaudat, J.P., Medeot, D., Becker, A. (2017) Monitoring succinoglycan production in single Sinorhizobium meliloti cells by Calcofluor white M2R staining time-lapse microscopy. Carbohydr. Polym. 181: 918-922.

  • Frage, B., Döhlemann, J., Robledo, M., Lucena, D., Sobetzko, P., Graumann, P.L., Becker, A. (2016) Spatiotemporal choreography of chromosome and megaplasmids in the Sinorhizobium meliloti cell cycle. Mol. Microbiol. 100: 808-823.

  • Robledo, M., Frage, B., Wright, P.R., Becker, A. (2015) A stress-induced small RNA modulates alpharhizobial cell cycle progression. PLoS Genet. 11: e1005153.

  • Krol, E., Becker, A. (2014) Rhizobial homologs of long-chain fatty acid transporter FadL facilitate perception of long chain N-acyl-homoserine lactone signals. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 111: 10702-10707.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Public funding bodies and academic advisory boards

  • DFG review board (Microbiology, Virology, and Immunology) member, since 2020

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Association for Synthetic Biology, since 2017

  • Liaison lecturer of the German National Merit Foundation, Universität Marburg, since 2016

  • European Research Council panel member, 2016, 2018, 2020

  • Permanent Senate Commission on Genetic Research, DFG, 2015 – 2020

Scientific journals

  • µLife (Federation of European Microbiological Societies and European Academy of Microbiology) section editor (Synthetic Biology), since 2021

  • BioDesign Research (Science Partner Journals, American Association for the Advancement of Science) associated editor, since 2019

  • Journal of Bacteriology (American Society for Microbiology) editor, since 2015


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