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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 Hamburg University, Department of Cell Biology.
1996-1999: Heisenberg-Fellow of the German National Science Foundation (DFG) at Freiburg University.
1999-present: Full Professor (Ordinarius) in Plant Biotechnology, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany
2002-2003: Director of the Institute of Biology II
2006-2008: Dean of the Faculty of Biology
Scientific Activities: 1999: Co-founder of greenovation Plant Biotechnology GmbH.
1999-2002: Scientific co-ordinator of the BioRegio Freiburg.
1999-2006: Co-ordinator of the German National Science Foundation (DFG) priority program (SPP) Molecular Analysis of Phytohormone Action.
2000-present: Advisory Board of InnoPlanta e.V.
2001-present: Director Plant Biotechnology of the Centre for Applied Biosciences (ZAB) at Freiburg University.
2002-present: Editorial Board of Plant Cell Reports.
2002-2005: Member of FESPB (Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology) Grants and Awards Committee.
2003-present: Advisory Board of BioPro GmbH, a biotechnology enterprise of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg.
2004-2006: Guest editor Plant Biology.
2004-present: Advisory board of the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Science) program Risk assessment in Plant Biotechnology.
2004-present: Affiliated to Ecole supérieure de Biotechnologie Strasbourg (ESBS).
Since 2006 Principal Investigator (PI) "Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM)", GSC 4/1.
Since 2007 Principal Investigator (PI) "Centre for Biological Signalling Studies (bioss)", EXC 294/1.
Since 2007 Member of the Innovation Think-Tank of the State of Baden-
2008-present: President of the German National Committee (DNK) for IUBS and IUMS
2009-present: Executive Committee Member, International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)
2009-present: Co-ordinator TEMPUS-Project 159325 "Qualifications Framework for Ecology and Environmental Management (QualFEEM)"


Honors and Awards:

1994: Habilitation awarded in "General Botany".
1996: Heisenberg-Fellow of the German National Science Foundation (DFG).
1997-1999: Ranked 1st for an Associate Professorship in Norway (Oslo), ranked 3rd for a Full Professorship in Berlin (HU), ranked 2nd for a Full Professorship in Bremen, and ranked 1st for Full Professorships in Dresden (TU), Rostock and Freiburg.


Selected Publications:

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

Richardt, S., G. Timmerhaus, D. Lang, E. Qudeimat, L.G.G. Correa, R. Reski, S.A. Rensing, W. Frank (2010): Microarray analysis of the moss Physcomitrella patens reveals conserved transcriptional regulation of salt stress and abscisic acid signalling. Plant Molecular Biology 72, 27-45. Abstract

Martin, A., D. Lang, S.T. Hanke, S.J.X. Mueller, E. Sarnighausen, M. Vervliet-Scheebaum, R. Reski (2009): Targeted gene knockouts reveal overlapping functions of the five Physcomitrella patens FtsZ isoforms in chloroplast division, chloroplast shaping, cell patterning, plant development, and gravity sensing. Molecular Plant 2, 1359-1372. Abstract

Mosquna, A., A. Katz, E.L. Decker, S.A. Rensing, R. Reski, N. Ohad (2009): Regulation of stem cell maintenance by the Polycomb protein FIE has been conserved during land plant evolution. Development 136, 2433-2444.  Abstract

Gitzinger, M., J. Parsons, R. Reski, M. Fussenegger (2009): Functional cross-kingdom conservation of mammalian and moss (Physcomitrella patens) transcription, translation and secretion machineries. Plant Biotechnology Journal 7, 73-86. Abstract

Qudeimat, E., A.M.C. Faltusz, G. Wheeler, D. Lang, C. Bronwlee, R. Reski, W. Frank (2008): A PIIB-type Ca2+-ATPase is essential for stress adaptation in Physcomitrella patens. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 105, 19554-19559. Abstract

Lang, D., A.D. Zimmer, S.A. Rensing, R. Reski (2008): Exploring plant biodiversity: the Physcomitrella genome and beyond. Trends in Plant Science 13, 542-549. Abstract

Khraiwesh, B., S. Ossowski, D. Weigel, R. Reski, W. Frank (2008): Specific gene silencing by artificial microRNAs in Physcomitrella patens: An alternative to targeted gene knockouts. Plant Physiology 48, 684-693. Abstract

Rensing, S.A., D. Lang, A. Zimmer, A. Terry, A. Salamov, H. Shapiro, T. Nishiyama, P.-F. Perroud, E. Lindquist, Y. Kamisugi, T. Tanahash, K. Sakakibara, T. Fujita, K. Oishi, T. Shin-I, Y. Kuroki, A. Toyoda, Y. Suzuki, S.-i. Hashimoto, K. Yamaguchi, S. Sugano, Y. Kohara, A. Fujiyama, N. Ashton, A. Anterola, S. Aoki, W.B. Barbazuk, E. Barker, J. Bennetzen, R. Blankenship, S.H. Cho, S. Dutcher, M. Estelle, J.A. Fawcett, H. Gundlach, K. Hanada, A. Heyl, K.A. Hicks, J. Hughes, M. Lohr, K. Mayer, A. Melkozernov, T. Murata, D. Nelson, B. Pils, M. Prigge, B. Reiss, T. Renner, S. Rombauts, P. Rushton, A. Sanderfoot, G. Schween, S.-H. Shiu, K. Stueber, F.L. Theodoulou, H. Tu, Y. Van de Peer, P.J. Verrier, E. Waters, A. Wood, L. Yang, D. Cove, A.C. Cuming, M. Hasebe, S. Lucas, B.D. Mishler, R. Reski, I. Grigoriev, R.S. Quatrano, J.L. Boore (2008): The Physcomitrella genome reveals insights into the conquest of land by plants. Science 319, 64-69. Abstract

Decker, E.L., R. Reski (2007): Moss bioreactors producing improved biopharmaceuticals. Current Opinion in Biotechnology 18, 393-398. Abstract

SGBM PhD students

SGBM PhD students:

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

Track 2:
Desirée Gütle (since November 2013)

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

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