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Prof. Dr. Andreas Hiltbrunner


Prof. Dr.
Andreas Hiltbrunner

Institute of Biology II

Group: Molecular Plant Physiology

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-2709



Focus of research

  • Molecular mechanisms of phytochromes
  • Evolution of phytochromes
  • Integration of light and environmental signalling


  • since 2012 Professor (W3) of Molecular Plant Physiology
  • 2009-2012 Independent group leader, Centre for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), University of Tübingen
  • 2003-2009 Postdoc, Institute of Biology II, University of Freiburg
  • 2003 Postdoc, Institut de Botanique, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 1999-2003 Doctorate in Natural Sciences (Biology), ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1996-1999 Diploma in Natural Sciences (Biology), ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • Enderle B, Sheerin DJ, Paik I, Kathare PK, Schwenk P, Klose C, Ulbrich MH, Huq E, and Hiltbrunner A (2017). PCH1 and PCHL promote photomorphogenesis in plants by controlling phytochrome B dark reversion. Nat Commun 8:2221.
  • Possart A*, Xu T, Paik I, Hanke S, Keim S, Hermann H-M, Wolf L, Hiss M, Becker C, Huq E, Rensing SA, Hiltbrunner A* (2017). Characterization of phytochrome interacting factors from the moss Physcomitrella patens illustrates conservation of phytochrome signaling modules in land plants. Plant Cell 29: 310-330.
  • Legris M, Klose C, Burgie ES, Costigliolo C, Neme M, Hiltbrunner A, Wigge PA, Schäfer E, Vierstra RD, Casal JJ (2016). Phytochrome B integrates light and temperature signals in Arabidopsis. Science 354: 897-900.
  • Sheerin DJ, Menon C, zur Oven-Krockhaus S, Enderle B, Zhu L, Johnen P, Schleifenbaum F, Stierhof Y-D, Huq E, Hiltbrunner A (2015). Light-activated Phytochrome A and B interact with members of the SPA family to promote photomorphogenesis in Arabidopsis by reorganizing the COP1/SPA complex. Plant Cell 27: 189-201.
  • Rausenberger J, Tscheuschler A, Nordmeier W, Wüst F, Timmer J, Schäfer E, Fleck C*, Hiltbrunner A* (2011). Photoconversion and nuclear trafficking cycles determine phytochrome A's response profile to far-red light. Cell 146: 813-825.


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