Short CV/Education and training

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

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

  • 1994 – 1995
    Postdoc, under the Chair in genetics, Faculty of Biology, Bielefeld University

  • 1995 – 1998
    Group leader "Microbial polysaccharide production and microbial genomics, Chair in genetics, Faculty of Biology, Bielefeld University

  • 1999
    Visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

  • 2000
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), genetics, Bielefeld University

  • 2000 – 2002
    Senior assistant, under the Chair in genetics, Faculty of Biology, Bielefeld University

  • 2000 – 2007
    Direction of the section "Transcriptomatics and Automation" of the Technology Platform Systems Biology at the Institute for Genome Research and Systems Biology, Centre for Biotechnology, Bielefeld University

  • 2002 – 2005
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • 2002 – 2007
    Head of a junior research group (bioinformatics initiative, DFG), Faculty of Biology, Bielefeld University

  • 2005 – 2007
    University lecturer, Faculty of Biology, Bielefeld University

  • 2007
    Professor by special appointment, Bielefeld University

  • 2008 – 2011
    Head of the research group "The molecular genetics and systems biology of prokaryotes", Centre for Biological Systems Analysis (ZBSA), University of Freiburg, Germany

  • Since 2011
    Professor (W3) of comparative microorganism genomics, Loewe Centre for Synthetic Microbiology, Marburg University, Germany

Selected publications

  • 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 USA 111, 10702-10707.

  • Schlüter, J.-P., Reinkensmeier, J., Barnett, M.J., Lang, C. Krol, E., Giegerich, R., Long, S.R. & Becker, A. (2013). Global mapping of transcription start sites and promoter motifs in the symbiotic alpha-proteobacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti 1021. BMC Genomics 14, 156.

  • Krol, E. & Becker, A. (2011) ppGpp in Sinorhizobium meliloti: biosynthesis in response to sudden nutritional downshifts and modulation of the transcriptome. Mol Microbiol 81, 1232-1254.

  • Schlüter, J.-P., Reinkensmeier, J., Daschkey, S., Evguenieva-Hackenberg, E., Janssen, S., Jänicke, S., Becker, J.D., Giegerich, R., & Becker, A. (2010) A genomewide survey of sRNAs in the symbiotic nitrogen-fixing alpha-proteobacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti. BMC Genomics 11, 245.

  • McIntosh, M., Meyer, S. & Becker, A. (2009) Novel Sinorhizobium meliloti quorum sensing positive and negative regulatory feedback mechanisms respond to phosphate availability. Mol Microbiol 74, 1238-1256.

  • Pobigaylo, N., Szymczak, S., Nattkemper, T. W. & Becker, A. (2008) Identification of genes relevant to symbiosis and competitiveness in Sinorhizobium meliloti using signature-tagged mutants. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact 21, 219-231.

  • Bahlawane, C., Baumgarth, B., Serrania, J., Rüberg, S., & Becker, A. (2008) Finetuning of galactoglucan biosynthesis in Sinorhizobium meliloti by differential ExpG-(WggR-), PhoB-, and MucR-dependent regulation of two promoters. J Bacteriol 190, 3456-3466.

  • Bartels, F. W., McIntosh, M., Metzendorf, C., Plattner, P., Sewald, N., Anselmetti, D., Ros, R. & Becker, A. (2007) Effector-stimulated single molecule protein-DNA interactions of a quorum-sensing system in Sinorhizobium meliloti. Biophys J 92, 4391-4400.

  • Pobigaylo, N., Wetter, D., Szymczak, S., Schiller, U., Kurtz, S., Meyer, F., Nattkemper, T.W., & Becker, A. (2006) Construction of a large sequence signaturetagged miniTn5 transposon library and its application to mutagenesis of Sinorhizobium meliloti. Appl Environ Microbiol 72, 4329-4337.

  • Sharypova, L.A., Niehaus, K., Scheidle, H., Holst, O., & Becker, A. (2003) Sinorhizobium meliloti acpXL mutant lacks the C28 hydroxylated fatty acid moiety of lipid A and does not express smooth LPS. J Biol Chem 278, 12946-12954.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Special reviewer for journals, funding organisations, including German Research Foundation (DFG), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Journal of Bacteriology, since 2010

  • Editorial board of Molecular Plant–Microbe Interactions, 2003 – 2007

  • Scientific coordinator of the Technology Node "Transcriptomics" in the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)-funded GenoMik/GenomikPlus competence networks, 2001 – 2009


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