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Annegret Wilde


Lab: Prof. Dr. Annegret Wilde
Department: Molecular Genetics of Prokaryotes
Institute of Biology III
Faculty of Biology
Address: Schänzlestr. 1
79104 Freiburg
Phone: +49 761 203 97828
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PhD positions available: YES
Research Area: Molecular Plant Sciences
Research Interests: - Investigations on phototaxis using different photoreceptors
- Elucidating the potential of cyanobacteria as producers of amino acids, proteins as well as biofuels
- Investigations on the role of RNA-based regulators in bacteria
- Characterisation of photosynthetic functions, light-harvesting and its regulation
- Studies on the circadian clock of cyanobacteria


Education & Training: 2006: Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany (Habilitation in Molecular Biology)
1991 - 1994: Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, (PhD thesis in Genetics)
1985 - 1990: University St. Petersburg, Russia (diploma thesis in Microbiology)
Employment & Experience: Since 2012: W3-Professor, Molecular Genetics, University of Freiburg
2008 - 2012: W2-Professor for Molecular Microbiology, Justus-Liebig University Giessen
2001 - 2008: Senior scientist (C1), Plant Biochemistry, Humboldt-University Berlin
1998 - 2000: Fellowship, Genetics, Humboldt-University Berlin
1994 - 1997: Postdoctoral Fellow, Genetics, Humboldt-University Berlin
1990 - 1991: Scientist, Technical Microbiology, AdW Berlin-Buch
Scientific Activities: 2008 - 2014: Editor of Microbiology
2013 - 2016: Co-Coordinator BMBF-collaborative project e:bio “Systems Biology of Cyanobacterial Biofuel Production”
2014 - 2017: Coordinator of a collaborative project Bioeconomy Baden-Württemberg
Since 2007: Scientific consultant of Algenol Biofuels Germany GmbH
Since 2014: DFG Liaison Officer of the University of Freiburg


Selected Publications:

Schuergers N, Lenn T, Kampmann R, Meissner MV, Esteves T, Temerinac-Ott M, Korvink JG, Lowe AR, Mullineaux CW, Wilde A. (2016) Cyanobacteria use micro-optics to sense light direction. eLife. doi: 10.7554/eLife.12620. Abstract

Georg J, Dienst D, Schuergers N, Wallner T, Kopp D, Stazic D, Kuchmina K, Klähn S, Lokstein H, Hess WR, Wilde A (2014) The small regulatory RNA SyR1/PsrR1 controls photosynthetic functions in cyanobacteria. Plant Cell 26, 3661-79. Abstract

Schuergers N, Ruppert U, Watanabe S, Nürnberg DJ, Lochnit G, Dienst D, Mullineaux CW, Wilde A (2014) Binding of the RNA chaperone Hfq to the type IV pilus base is crucial for its function in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Mol Microbiol 92, 840-852. Abstract

Savakis P, De Causmaecker S, Angerer V, Ruppert U, Anders K, Essen LO, Wilde A (2012) Light-induced alteration of c-di-GMP level controls motility of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Mol Microbiol 85, 239-251. Abstract

Mitschke J, Georg J, Scholz I, Sharma CM, Dienst D, Bantscheff J, Voß B, Steglich C, Wilde A, Vogel J, Hess WR (2011) An experimentally anchored map of transcriptional start sites in the model cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Proc Natl Acad Sci 108, 2124-2129. Abstract

Georg J, Voss B, Scholz I, Mitschke J, Wilde A, Hess WR (2009) Evidence for a major role of antisense RNAs in cyanobacterial gene regulation. Molecular Systems Biology 5, 305. Abstract

Axmann IM, Dühring U, Seeliger L, Arnold A, Vanselow JT, Kramer A, Wilde A (2009) Biochemical evidence for a timing mechanism in Prochlorococcus. J Bacteriol 191, 5342-5347. Abstract

Dühring U, Ossenbühl F, Wilde A (2007) Assembly of the cyanobacterial photosystem I. J Biol Chem 282, 10915-10921. Abstract

Dühring U, Axmann IM, Hess WR, Wilde A (2006) A naturally occurring antisense RNA affecting expression of isiA and assembly of IsiA supercomplexes. Proc Nat Acad Sci 103, 7054-7058. Abstract

Hughes J, Lamparter T, Mittmann F, Hartmann E, Gärtner W, Wilde A, Börner T (1997) A prokaryotic phytochrome. Nature 386, 663. Abstract

SGBM PhD students

SGBM PhD students:

Track 1:

Annik Jakob (since January 2016)

Nibedita Priyadarshini (since January 2018)

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