Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2019
    Full Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK

  • 2017 – 2019
    Reader, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK

  • 2012 – 2017
    Lecturer, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK

  • 2006 – 2012
    Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

  • 2003 – 2006
    Junior group leader, Department of Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2000 – 2003
    Staff Scientist, Torrey Mesa Research Institute, Syngenta, California, USA

  • 1996 – 2000
    Postdoctoral scholar, University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 1993
    PhD, ETH Zürich

Selected publications

  • Montero H, Lee T, Pucker B, Ferraras G, Oldroyd G, Brockington S, Miyao A and Paszkowski U (2021) A mycorrhiza-associated receptor-like kinase with an ancient origin in the green lineage. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 118(25): ePub.

  • Choi J, Lee T, Cho J, Servante EK, Pucker B, Summers W, Bowden S, Rahimi M, An K, An G, Bouwmeester HJ, Wallington EJ, Oldroyd G, Paszkowski U (2020) The negative regulator SMAX1 controls mycorrhizal symbiosis and strigolactone biosynthesis in rice. Nat Commun 11(1):2114.

  • Roth R, Hillmer S, Funaya C, Chiapello M, Schumacher K, Lo Preti L, Kahmann R and Paszkowski U (2019) Arbuscular cell invasion coincides with extracellular vesicles and membrane tubules. Nat Plants 5(2), 204-211.

  • Roth R, Chiapello C, Montero H, Gehrig P, Grossmann J, O’Holleran K, Hartken D, Walters F, Yang S-Y, Hillmer S, Schumacher K, Bowden S, Craze M, Wallington EJ, Miyao A, Sawers R, Martinoia E and Paszkowski U (2018) A rice Serine/Threonine receptor-like kinase regulates arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis at the peri-arbuscular membrane. Nat Commun 9(4):4677.

  • Nadal M, Sawers R, Naseem S, Bassin B, Kulicke C, Sharman A, An G, An K, Ahern KR, Romag A, Brutnell TP, Gutjahr C, Geldner N, Roux C, Martinoia E, Konopka JB and Paszkowski U (2017) An N-acetylglucosamine transporter required for arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses in rice and maize. Nat Plants 3:17073.

  • Sawers RJ, Svane SF, Quan C, Gronlund M, Wozniak B, Gebreselassie MN, Gonzalez-Munoz E, Chavez Montes RA, Baxter I, Goudet J, Jakobsen I and Paszkowski U (2017) Phosphorus acquisition efficiency in arbuscular mycorrhizal maize is correlated with the abundance of root-external hyphae and the accumulation of transcripts encoding PHT1 phosphate transporters. New Phytol 214(2):632.

  • Gutjahr C*, Gobbato E*, Choi J, Riemann M, Johnston M, Summers W, Carbonnel S, Mansfield C, Yang SY, Nadal M, Acosta I, Takano M, Jiao WB, Schneeberger K, Kelly K, Paszkowski U (2015) Rice perception of symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi requires the karrikin receptor complex. Science 350 (6267):1521.

  • Gutjahr C, Sawers RJ, Marti G, Andres-Hernandez L, Yang SY, Casieri L, Angliker H, Oakeley EJ, Wolfender JL, Abreu-Goodger C, Paszkowski U. (2015) Transcriptome diversity among rice root types during asymbiosis and interaction with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 112 (21):6754.

  • Yang, S., Gronlund, M., Jakobsen, I., Grotemeyer, M.S., Rentsch, D., Miyao, A., Hirochika, H., Kumar, C., Sundaresan, V., Salamin, N., Catausan, S., Mattes, N., Heuer, S., and Paszkowski, U. (in press). Non-redundant Regulation of Rice Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis by two Members of the Phosphate Transporter 1 (PHT1) gene family Plant Cell. doi/10.1105/tpc.112.104901.

  • Marcel, S, Sawers, R.J., Oakeley, E., Angliker, H. and Paszkowski, U. (2010) Tissue-adapted infection strategies of the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Plant Cell 22(9):3177-87.

  • Gutjahr, C., Banba, M., Croset, V., An, K., Miyao, A., An, G., Hirochika, H., Imaizumi-Anraku, H., and Paszkowski, U. (2008). Arbuscular mycorrhiza-specific signaling in rice transcends the common symbiosis signaling pathway. Plant Cell 20, 2989-3005.

  • Güimil, S., Chang, H., Zhu, T., Sesma, A., Osbourn, A., Roux, C., Ioannidis, V., Oakeley, E.J., Docquier, M., Descombes, P., Briggs, S.P., and Paszkowski, U. (2005). Comparative transcriptomics of rice reveals an ancient pattern of response to microbial colonization. Proc Natl Acad Sci 102, 8066-8070.

  • Paszkowski, U., Kroken, S., Roux, C., and Briggs, S. (2002). Rice phosphate transporters include an evolutionarily divergent gene specifically activated in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci 99, 13324-13329.

Selected projects

  • Symbiotic phosphate uptake in cereals

  • Root communication with beneficial fungi

  • Root biotrophy

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • European Plant Science Organization (EPSO)

  • American Society of Plant Biology (ASPB)

  • American Society of Phytopathology (ASP)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Family: raised three children (born 1991, 1993, 1995)


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