Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 1996
    Full university professor of Biochemistry, University of Rostock, Germany

  • 1992 – 1996
    Assistant professor (C2), Institute for Biochemistry of Plants, University of Göttingen

  • 1992
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification)

  • 1991 – 1992
    Assistant professor, Institute for Biochemistry of Plants, University of Göttingen

  • 1988 – 1991
    Assistant lecturer, Institute for Biochemistry of Plants, University of Göttingen

  • 1987 – 1988
    Academic councillor (temporary appointment), Institute for Biochemistry of Plants, University of Göttingen

  • 1986 – 1987
    Postdoctoral fellowship from the DFG, Institute for Biochemistry of Plants, University of Göttingen

  • 1986
    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Botany, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

  • 1984 – 1986
    Postdoctoral fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Department of Botany, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

  • 1983 – 1984
    Fellowship from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen

  • 1983

  • 1980
    Diplom degree in Biology

  • 1977 – 1980
    Studied Biology at the University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 1977
    Vordiplom (intermediate examination)

  • 1975 – 1977
    Studied Biology at the University of Oldenburg, Germany

  • 1975
    Abitur (A-levels)

Selected publications

  • Lemfack MC., Gohlke B., Toguem S.M.T, Preissner S., Piechulla B., Preissner* R.: mVOC 2.0: a database of microbial volatiles. Nucleic Acid Research, gkx1016, 2017, doi: 10.1093/narl/gkx1016.

  • Magnus N., Weise T., Piechulla* B.: Carbon catabolite repression regulates the emission of the unique volatile sodorifen of Serratia plymuthica 4Rx13. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8, 2522, 2017, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02522.

  • von Reuss* S., Domik D., Lemfack M.C., Magnus N., Kai M., Weise T., Piechulla B.: Sodorifen biosynthesis in the rhizobacterium Serratia plymuthica 4Rx13 involves methylation and cyclization of MEP-derived farnesyl pyrophosphate by a SAM-dependent C-methyltransferase, Journal American Chemical Society, 140, 37, 11855-11862, 2018, doi: 10.1021/jacs.8b08510.

  • Kai* M., Effmert U., Lemfack M.C., Piechulla B.: Interspecific formation of the antimicrobial volatile schleiferon. Scientific Reports, 8, 16852, 2018, doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-35341-3.

  • Piechulla* B., Magnus N., Lemfack MC., von Reuss S.: Terpenoid cyclization by SAM-dependent C-methyltransferase. Trends in Chemistry, Feb 4th, 2020,

  • Elmassry M., Piechulla* B.: Volatilomes of Bacterial Infections in Humans. In Olfactory Biomarkers from Evolution to Sentinel of Neuropathologies and Opportunity for Window Therapeutics, Frontiers in Neuroscience 14, 257, 2020, doi: 10.3389/fnins.2020.00257.

  • Heldt HW, Piechulla* B.: Plant Biochemistry –Textbook- Elsevier Verlag, 5th edition, 2021.

  • Lemfack* MC., Brandt W., Krüger K., Gurowietz A., Djifack J., Hopf M., Jung P., Junker B., Noack H., von Reuß S., Piechulla B.: Reaction mechanism of the farnesyl pyrophosphate C methyltransferase towards the synthesis of pre-sodorifen pyrophosphate by Serratia plymuthica 4Rx13. Scientific Reports, 11, 3182, 2021. Doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-82521-9.

  • Piechulla* B., Zhang C., Eisenschmidt-Bönn D., Chen F. Magnus N.: A new family of methyltransferases provide non-canonical substrates for terpene synthases in bacteria, FEMS Mic Rev, fuab024, 2021.

  • Hemmerling F., Meoded RA., Fraley AE., Minas HA., Dieterich CL., Rust M., Ueoka R., Jensen K., Helfrich EJN., Bergande C., Biedermann M., Magnus N., Piechulla B., Piel* J. Modular backbone halogenation, α-hydroxylation, and acylation in a "Swiss army knife" polyketide synthase, Angewandte Chemie.

  • Heldt HW, Piechulla* B.: Pflanzenbiochemie –Lehrbuch- Spektrum-Verlag, 6. Auflage, 1-xxxx, 2022.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Lower-Saxon Ministry of Science, Germany

  • Referee for various research foundations

  • DOE – Department of Energy, Washington, D.C., USA

  • NSF – National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C., USA

  • USDA – United States Department of Agriculture, USA

  • Reviewer (botany) for the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2000 – 2004

  • Reviewer for the VW Foundation, 1997 – 2001

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Further research interests:

    - Molecular and biochemical characterisation of the synthesis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in plants and bacteria.

    - Understanding the molecular basis of the regulation of temporal processes.

    Characterisation of VOCs from bacteria with the potential of growth inhibition on pathogenic fungi.


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