Short CV/Education and training

  • 1979
    PhD in botany, zoology and chemistry

  • 1980 – 1985
    Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge, UK; with Dr R.B. Flavell in the research group: ?Construction and analysis of cDNA clones encoding cereal storage proteins"

  • 1986 – 1987
    Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany; Institute of Professor Dr F. Salamini

  • 1993
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the University of Hannover, Germany

  • 1997
    C3 professor of botany, University of Bonn, Germany

  • 2000 – 2001
    Vice Chancellor of the University of Bonn

  • 2001
    Professor of Plant Ecology and Physiology, Vrije University, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 2001
    Theodor Bücher Medal, Federation of the Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FEBS) meeting in Lisbon, Portugal

  • Since 2003
    C4 professor of botany, University of Bonn

  • 2005 – 2012
    Vice Dean of the Department of Natural Sciences

  • 2006
    Chairman of the Gordon Conference: "Salt and Water Stress in Plants"

Selected publications

  • Furini, A. et al.: High level transcription of a member of a repeated gene family confers dehydration tolerance to callus tissue of Craterostigma plantagineum. In: EMBO J. 16(12), 1997. S. 3599-3608.

  • Kotchoni, S. et al.: Overexpression of different aldehyde dehydrogenase genes in Arabidopsis thaliana confers tolerance to abiotic stress and protects plants against lipid peroxidation and oxidative stress. In: Plant Cell & Environment 29, 2006. S. 1033-1048.

  • Röhrig, H. et al.: Analysis of the Craterostigma plantagineum desiccation phosphoproteome using a modified metal oxide affinity chromatography procedure. In: Proteomics 8, 2008. S. 3548-3560.

  • Phillips, J. et al.: Lindernia brevidens, a novel desiccation tolerant vascular plant, endemic to ancient tropical rain forest. In: The Plant Journal 54(5), 2008. S. 938-948.

  • Rodriguez, M. et al.: Transcriptomes of the desiccation-tolerant resurrection plant Craterostigma plantagineum. In: The Plant Journal 63, 212-223, 2010.

  • van den Dries N., Facchinelli F., Giarola V., Phillips J., Bartels D. (2011) Comparative analysis of LEA-like 11-24 gene expression and regulation in related plant species within the Linderniaceae that differ in desiccation tolerance. New Phytologist 190, 75-88

  • Stiti N., Missihoun TD., Kotchoni So., Kirch HH., Bartels D. (2011) Aldehyde dehydrogenases in Arabidopsis thaliana: biochemical requirements, metabolic pathways, and functional analysis Frontiers in Plant Physiology (2), 1-11 (DOI10.3389)

  • van Zanten M., Koini MA., Geyer R., Liu Y., Brambilla V., Bartels D., Koornneef M., Fransz P., Soppe WJJ (2011) Seed maturation in Arabidopsis thaliana is characterized by nuclear size reduction and increased chromatin condensation

    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 108 (50), 20219-20224

  • Missihoun TD, Kirch HH, Bartels D. (2012) T-DNA insertion mutants reveal complex expression patterns of the aldehyde dehydrogenase 3H1 locus in Arabidopsis thaliana Journal Exp Bot. doi: 10.1093/jxb/ers081

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the External Counselling Body of the Institute of Plant Biology, Biological Research Centre, HAS, Szeged, Hungary

  • Member of the External Counselling Body of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Agricultural Plants, University of Halle, Germany

  • Vice Dean of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bonn, Germany

  • Elected member of the evaluation panel (Botany), German Research Foundation (DFG), 2000 – 2003

  • Advisor to the Science Working Group, ESA (European Space Agency), 2000 – 2003

  • Vice Chancellor of the University of Bonn, 2000 – 2001

  • Advisory Board Member (Project), Human Frontier Science, 1997 – 2001

Additional qualifications

  • Editor in chief, Planta journal, since 2004


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