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Prof. Dr. Laura Ragni


Prof. Dr.
Laura Ragni

Institute of Biology II

Group: Plant Cell Biology
Periderm Development and Wood Formation

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-2529



Focus of research

  • Radial growth of plant organs
  • Root protective barriers
  • Plant polymers


  • Since 2023, Professor of Plant Cell Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, DE
  • 2013-2023 Research group leader, Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), University of Tübingen, DE
  • 2012-2013 Marie Heim-Vögtlin fellow (SNSF), Department of Plant Molecular Biology (DBMV), University of Lausanne, CH
  • 2010-2012 EMBO long-term fellow, DBMV, University of Lausanne, CH
  • 2009 Postdoc, Department of Plant Molecular Biology (DBMV), University of Lausanne, CH
  • 2005-2008, PhD student in cell biology, INRA Versailles, University of Paris XI, FR
  • 1999-2005 B.Sc. + M.Sc. in Plant Biotechnology, University of Milano, IT

Selected publications

  • Andersen, T.G*., Molina, D., Kilian, J., Franke, R.B., Ragni, L.*, and Geldner, N.* (2021). Tissue-Autonomous Phenylpropanoid Production Is Essential for Establishment of Root Barriers. Curr. Biol. 31, 965-977.e965.
  • Xiao, W., Molina, D., Wunderling, A., Ripper, D., Vermeer, J.E.M., and Ragni, L. (2020). Pluripotent Pericycle Cells Trigger Different Growth Outputs by Integrating Developmental Cues into Distinct Regulatory Modules. Curr. Biol. 30, 4384-4398.e4385.
  • Ben-Targem, M., Ripper, D., Bayer, M., and Ragni, L. (2021). Auxin and gibberellin signaling cross-talk promotes hypocotyl xylem expansion and cambium homeostasis. J Exp Bot 72, 3647-3660.
  • Wunderling, A., Ripper, D., Barra-Jimenez, A., Mahn, S., Sajak, K., Targem, M.B., and Ragni, L. (2018). A molecular framework to study periderm formation in Arabidopsis. The New phytologist 219, 216-229.
  • Serra, O., Mähönen, A.P., Hetherington, A.J., and Ragni, L. (2022). The making of plant armor: The periderm. Annual review of plant biology 73, 405-432.

*Shared corresponding authors.


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