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Prof. Dr. Thomas Laux


Prof. Dr.
Thomas Laux

Institute of Biology III

Group: Plant genetics

Phone: +49 (0)761 203 2943



Focus of research

  • Plant stem cell biology
  • Embryo patterning
  • Epigentic plant-environment interactions


  • Since 2001 Professor for plant genetics and biotechnology
  • 1994-2001 Group leader Center of Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP) in Tübingen
  • 1992-1994 Postdoc LMU München
  • 1989-1991 Postdoc University of California Los Angeles
  • 1984-1988 Promotion Biochemistry University Erlangen

Selected publications

  • Robert, H.S., Park, C., Gutierrez, C.L., Wojcikowska, B., Pencik, A., Novak, O., Chen, J., Grunewald, W., Dresselhaus, T., Friml, J. and, Laux T., (2018). Maternal auxin supply contributes to early embryo patterning in Arabidopsis. Nat Plants 4, 548-553.
  • Zhang, Z., Tucker, E., Hermann, M, Laux, T. (2017). A molecular framework for the embryonic initiation of shoot meristem stem cells. Developmental Cell, 40, 264–277.
  • Pi, L., Aichinger, E., van der Graaff, E., Llavata-Peris, C., Weijers, D., Hennig, L., Groot, E., and Laux, T. (2015). Organizer-Derived WOX5 Signal Maintains Root Columella Stem Cells through Chromatin-Mediated Repression of CDF4 Expression. Developmental Cell 33, 576-88.
  • Sarkar, A., Luijten, M., Miyashima, S., Lenhard, M., Hashimoto, T., Nakajima, K., Scheres, B., Heidstra, R. and Laux, T. (2007). Conserved factors regulate signaling in Arabidopsis shoot and root stem cell organizers. Nature 446, 811-814.
  • Schoof, H., Lenhard, M., Haecker, A., Mayer, K.F.M., Jürgens, G., and Laux, T. (2000). The stem cell population of Arabidopsis shoot meristems is maintained by a regulatory loop between the CLAVATA and WUSCHEL genes. Cell 100, 635-644


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