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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Department Biologie I, Botanik

The central research theme of our institute is the molecular-genetic dissection of photosynthesis and of its interdependence with respect to other cellular processes, within and outside chloroplasts. Photosynthesis-relevant cellular functions and their regulation within the organelle and in cross-talk to the nucleus are characterised by a combined approach, complementing physiological and molecular-biological methodology with forward and reverse genetics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics and comparative genomics. The plastid-wide characterization of protein functions, in particular for photosynthesis, and of networks imposed on their regulation, will result into a knowledge-based approach to redesign the photosynthetic process in a predictable manner.


In detail, our research covers the following fields:

- Novel photosynthetic genes/proteins

- Reversible protein phosphorylation in thylakoids and other chloroplast compartments

- Chloroplast phosphorylomics

- Organelle-to-nucleus signalling

- Genome-plastome interaction

- Chloroplast metabolomics

- Chloroplast RNA metabolism

- Thylakoid and Fe/S biogenesis

- Organelle inheritance

- Phytochrome-mediated signalling


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Department Biologie I, Botanik
Großhadernerstr. 2 - 4 (E01.019)
82152 München
Forschung & Entwicklung
Forschung & Lehre