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Ralf Reski


Lab: Prof. Dr. Ralf Reski
Department: Plant Biotechnology
Address: Schänzlestr. 1
79104 Freiburg
Phone: 203 6969
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BIOSS Excellence Cluster: Member
PhD positions available: YES
Research Area: Molecular Plant Sciences
Research Interests: gene expression (transcripts, proteins, protein modifications, metabolites, sub-cellular integration) in the moss Physcomitrella patens


Education & Training: 1984: Study of Biology and Chemistry, 1. Staatsexamen, Universities Gießen and Hamburg, Germany
1990: Dr. rer. nat., Genetics, Hamburg University, Germany
1994: Habilitation, General Botany, Hamburg University, Germany
Employment & Experience: 1990-1996: Assistant Professor (C1) at University of Hamburg
since 1999: Distinguished Professor (C4, Ordinarius) at University of Freiburg
2002-2003: Rotating Director of the Institute of Biology II
since 2004: Professor at the Ecole supérieur de Biotechnologie Strasbourg (ESBS)
2006-2008: Dean of the Faculty of Biology
2009-2011: Rotating Director of the Institute of Biology II
2010-2014: Elected Senator (most votes), Speaker of Professors in the Academic Senate
since 2011: Senior Fellow, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
since 2013: Senior Fellow, University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS)
2013-2014: Speaker of the Senate Selection Committee for the Election of the Rector
2014: Re-elected Senator (most votes), Speaker of Professors in the Academic Senate
Scientific Activities: 1999: Co-founder of greenovation Biotechnology GmbH
1999-2005: Co-ordinator of the DFG SPP1067
1999-2002: Scientific co-ordinator of the BioRegio Freiburg
2001-2002: Life Science co-ordinator of Freiburg University
2001-2011: Director Plant Biotechnology of the Centre for Applied Biosciences (ZAB)
since 2004:Member of the International Moss Genome Sequencing Consortium
2008-2012: President of the German National Committee (DNK) of the IUBS and IUMS
2009-2012: Executive Committee of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)

Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments
since 2006: Founding Principal Investigator (PI) "Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine" (SGBM), GSC 4
2007-2011: Founding Principal Investigator (PI) "Freiburg Initiative for Systems Biology" (FRISYS)
since 2007: Founding Principal Investigator (PI) "Centre for Biological Signalling Studies" (BIOSS), EXC 294
since 2011: Internal Senior Fellow, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)

Editorial Boards:
2004-2006: Plant Biology (Guest Editor)
2002-2012: Plant Cell Reports
2008-2013: BioMed Research International
2009-2012: Editor-in-Chief Plant Cell Reports
2010-2012: Biology International

Advisory Boards:
2000-2005: InnoPlanta e.V.
2002-2005: greenovation Biotech GmbH, Chairman of the Board
2002-2005: Member of the FESPB (Federation of European Societies for Plant Biology) Grants and Awards Committee
2003-2006: Habilitation Board, Faculty of Biology, Freiburg University
2003-2012: BioPro GmbH
2004-2010: BMBF program "Risk assessment in Plant Biotechnology"
since 2005: Board of Governors, Ecole supérieure de Biotechnologie Strasbourg (ESBS)
2007-2010: Innovation Think-Tank of the Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Günther Oettinger, now EU Commissioner
2008-2012: German Life Sciences Association (VBIO)
2010-2011: DFG, Member of the Expert Commission SSG-Evaluation "Scientific Library and Information Systems (LIS)"
since 2011: greenovation Biotech GmbH

American Bryological and Lichenological Society (ABLS)
American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)
DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie
Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft (DBG)
Sektion Pflanzenphysiologie der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft
Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)
European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB)
Gesellschaft für Entwicklungsbiologie (GfE)
Gesellschaft für Genetik (GfG)
Gesellschaft für Pflanzenbiotechnologie
International Society for Plant Molecular Farming (ISPMF)
Wissenschaftlerkreis Grüne Gentechnik e.V. (WGG)


Honors and Awards:

1996-1999: Heisenberg-Fellow of the DFG
Ranked 1st for Associate Professorship at University of Oslo (Norway)
Ranked 3rd for Full Professorship at Humboldt-University Berlin
Ranked 2nd for a Full Professorship at University of Bremen
Ranked 1st for a Full Professorship at Technical University Dresden
Ranked 1st for a Full Professorship at University of Rostock
Ranked 1st for a Full Professorship at University of Freiburg
2011: Appointment as Senior Fellow, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
2011: Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (HAW), Lifetime Member
2012: President of the FESPB/EPSO Plant Biology Congress
2013: Appointment as Senior Fellow, University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS)
2013: iGEM Advisor for TU Munich "Physco Filter": Gold medal


Selected Publications:

Wiedemann G, van Gessel N, Köchl F, Hunn L, Schulze K, Maloukh L, Nogué F, Decker EL, Hartung F, Reski R. RecQ helicases function in development, DNA repair, and gene targeting in Physcomitrella patens. Plant Cell. 2018 Mar 7.  Abstract

Reski R. Enabling the water-to-land transition. Nat Plants. 2018 Feb;4(2):67-68.  Abstract

Michelfelder S, Parsons J, Bohlender LL, Hoernstein SNW, Niederkrüger H, Busch A, Krieghoff N, Koch J, Fode B, Schaaf A, Frischmuth T, Pohl M, Zipfel PF, Reski R, Decker EL, Häffner K. Moss-Produced, Glycosylation-Optimized Human Factor H for Therapeutic Application in Complement Disorders. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2017 May;28(5):1462-1474.  Abstract

Renault, H., A. Alber, N.A. Horst, A.B. Lopes, E.A. Fich, L. Kriegshauser, G. Wiedemann, P. Ullmann, L. Herrgott, M. Erhardt, E. Pineau, J. Ehlting, M. Schmitt, J.K.C. Rose, R. Reski, D. Werck-Reichhart (2017): A phenol-enriched cuticle is ancestral to lignin evolution in land plants. Nature Communications 8, 14713.  Abstract

Chater CC, Caine RS, Tomek M, Wallace S, Kamisugi Y, Cuming AC, Lang D, MacAlister CA, Casson S, Bergmann DC, Decker EL, Frank W, Gray JE, Fleming A, Reski R, Beerling DJ. Origin and function of stomata in the moss Physcomitrella patens. Nat Plants. 2016 Nov 28;2:16179.  Abstract

Gütle DD, Roret T, Müller SJ, Couturier J, Lemaire SD, Hecker A, Dhalleine T, Buchanan BB, Reski R, Einsle O, Jacquot JP. Chloroplast FBPase and SBPase are thioredoxin-linked enzymes with similar architecture but different evolutionary histories. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Jun 14;113(24):6779-84.  Abstract

Hoernstein SN, Mueller SJ, Fiedler K, Schuelke M, Vanselow JT, Schuessele C, Lang D, Nitschke R, Igloi GL, Schlosser A, Reski R. Identification of Targets and Interaction Partners of Arginyl-tRNA Protein Transferase in the Moss Physcomitrella patens. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2016 Jun;15(6):1808-22.  Abstract

Horst NA, Katz A, Pereman I, Decker EL, Ohad N, Reski R. A single homeobox gene triggers phase transition, embryogenesis and asexual reproduction. Nat Plants. 2016 Jan 18;2:15209.  Abstract

Mueller SJ, Lang D, Hoernstein SN, Lang EG, Schuessele C, Schmidt A, Fluck M, Leisibach D, Niegl C, Zimmer AD, Schlosser A, Reski R. Quantitative analysis of the mitochondrial and plastid proteomes of the moss Physcomitrella patens reveals protein macrocompartmentation and microcompartmentation. Plant Physiol. 2014 Apr;164(4):2081-95. Abstract

Khraiwesh B, Arif MA, Seumel GI, Ossowski S, Weigel D, Reski R, Frank W. Transcriptional control of gene expression by microRNAs. Cell. 2010 Jan 8;140(1):111-22. Abstract

SGBM PhD students

SGBM PhD students:


Track 2:

Christine Rempfer (since May 2017)



Track 1:
Stefanie Müller (04/2009 - 08/2012)

Oguz Top (01/2015 - 04/2019)

Track 2:
Desirée Gütle (11/2013 - 03/2017)

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