Short CV/Education and training

  • 1976 – 1981
    Diplom in Biology, University of Konstanz (Germany)

  • 1982 – 1986
    Dr. rer.nat. Biology, University of Konstanz

  • 1987 – 1988
    Postdoc Microbiology/Genetics, Princeton University

  • 1988 – 1994
    Assistant (C1) of Microbiology, University of Konstanz

  • 1994
    Dr. habil./PD Microbiology/Genetics, University of Konstanz

  • 1994 – 1998
    Lecturer (C2) of Microbiology, University of Konstanz

  • 1998 – 2013
    Full Professor (C4) of Microbiology, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)

  • Since 2013
    Full Professor (W3) of Microbiology, Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin (Germany)

Selected publications

  • Lindenberg, S., Klauck, G., Pesavento, C., Klauck, E., Hengge, R.: The EAL protein YciR is a trigger enzyme in a c-di-GMP signaling cascade in E. coli biofilm control. In: EMBO J. 32, 2013, S. 2001-2014.

  • Serra, D., Richter, A., Klauck, G., Mika, F., Hengge, R.: Microanatomy at cellular resolution and spatial order of physiological differentiation in a bacterial biofilm. In: MBio 4(2), 2013, S. e00103-13.

  • Hengge, R.: Principles of cyclic-di-GMP signaling. In: Nature Rev. Microbiol. 7, 2009. S. 263-273.

  • Tschowri, N., Busse, S., Hengge, R.: The BLUF-EAL protein YcgF acts as a direct anti-repressor in a blue light stress response of E.coli. In: Genes Dev. 23, 2009. S. 522-534.

  • Pesavento, C. et al.: Inverse regulatory coordination of motility and curli-mediated adhesion of E.coli. In: Genes Dev. 22, 2008. S. 2434-2446.

  • Typas, A. et al.: Stationary phase reorganisation of the E.coli transcription machinery by Crl protein, a fine-tuner of Sigma-S activity and levels. In: EMBO J. 26, 2008. S. 1569-1578.

  • Mika, F., Hengge, R.: A two-component phosphotransfer network involving ArcB, ArcA and RssB coordinates synthesis and proteolysis of Sigma-S in Escherichia coli. In: Genes Dev. 19, 2005. S. 2770-2781.

  • Stüdemann, A. et al.: Sequential recognition of two distinct elements in Sigma-S (RpoS) by the proteolytic targeting factor RssB and the ClpX chaperone. In: EMBO J. 22, 2003. S. 4111-4120.

  • Hengge-Aronis, R.: Signal transduction and regulatory mechanisms in the control of the Sigma-S (RpoS) subunit of RNA polymerase. In: Microbiol. Molec. Biol. Rev. 66, 2002. S. 373-395.

  • Becker, G., Klauck, E., Hengge-Aronis, R.: Regulation of RpoS (Sigma-S) proteolysis in Escherichia coli: The response regulator RssB is a recognition factor that interacts with the turnover element in RpoS. In: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 96, 1999. S. 6439-6444.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The bacterial second messenger c-di-GMP and bacterial life-styles; German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Role of c-di-GMP in bacterial biofilm formation; European Research Council (ERC)

  • Proteolysis in prokaryotes; German Research Foundation (DFG) Priority Programme

  • Science & Theatre, in collaboration with the English Theatre Berlin

Additional qualifications

  • Postdoc, Princeton University, NJ, USA, 1987 – 1988

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 2 children


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