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Ralf Reski Profile Page
Ralf Reski


Lab: Prof. Dr. Ralf Reski
Department: Plant Biotechnology
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:

Nelly A. Horst, Aviva Katz, Idan Pereman, Eva L. Decker, Nir Ohad & Ralf Reski. A single homeobox gene triggers phase transition, embryogenesis and asexual reproduction. Nature Plants 2, Article number: 15209 (2016) doi:10.1038/nplants.2015.209. Abstract

Reski R, Parsons J, Decker EL. Moss-made pharmaceuticals: from bench to bedside. Plant Biotechnol J. 2015 Oct;13(8):1191-8. doi: 10.1111/pbi.12401. Epub 2015 May 25. Abstract

Beike, A.K., D. Lang, A.D. Zimmer, F. Wüst, D. Trautmann, G. Wiedemann, P. Beyer, E.L. Decker, R. Reski (2015): Insights from the cold transcriptome of Physcomitrella patens: global specialization pattern of conserved transcriptional regulators and identification of orphan genes involved in cold acclimation. New Phytologist 205, 869-881. Abstract

Bennet, T.A., M.M. Liu, T. Aoyama, N.M. Bierfreund, M. Braun, Y. Coudert, R.J. Dennis, D. O’Connor, X.Y. Wang, C.D. White, E.L. Decker, R. Reski, C.J. Harrison (2014): Plasma membrane-targeted PIN proteins drive shoot development in a moss. Current Biology 24, 2776-2785. Abstract

Mueller, S.J., D. Lang, S.N.W. Hoernstein, E.G.E. Lang, C. Schuessele, A. Schmidt, M. Fluck, D. Leisibach, C. Niegl, A.D. Zimmer, A. Schlosser, R. Reski (2014): Quantitative analysis of the mitochondrial and plastid proteomes of the moss Physcomitrella patens reveals protein macrocompartmentation and microcompartmentation. Plant Physiology 164, 2081-2095. Abstract

Parsons, J., F. Altmann, M. Graf, J. Stadlmann, R. Reski, E.L. Decker (2013): A gene responsible for prolyl-hydroxylation of moss-produced recombinant human erythropoietin. Scientific Reports 3, 3019. Abstract

Zimmer, A.D., D. Lang, K. Buchta, S. Rombauts, T. Nishiyama, M. Hasebe, Y. van de Peer, S.A. Rensing, R. Reski (2013): Reannotation and extended community resources for the genome of the non-seed plant Physcomitrella patens provide insights into the evolution of plant gene structures and functions. BMC Genomics 14, 498. Abstract

Parsons, J., F. Altmann, C.K. Arrenberg, A. Koprivova, A.K. Beike, C. Stemmer, G. Gorr, R. Reski, E.L. Decker (2012): Moss-based production of asialo-erythropoietin devoid of Lewis A and other plant-typical carbohydrate determinants. Plant Biotechnology Journal 10, 851-861. Abstract

Büttner-Mainik, A., J. Parsons, H. Jérome, A. Hartmann, S. Lamer, A. Schaaf, A. Schlosser, P.F. Zipfel, R. Reski, E.L. Decker (2011): Production of biologically active recombinant human factor H in Physcomitrella. Plant Biotechnology Journal 9, 373-383. Abstract

Khraiwesh, B., M.A. Arif, G.I. Seumel, S. Ossowski, D. Weigel, R. Reski, W. Frank (2010): Transcriptional control of gene expression by microRNAs. Cell 140, 111-122. Abstract

SGBM PhD students

SGBM PhD students:

Track 1:
Fernando Rodriguez-Jahnke (since January 2014)
Oguz Top (since January 2015)

Track 2:
Desirée Gütle (since November 2013)

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

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