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Prof. Dr. Ralf Reski


Prof. Dr.
Ralf Reski

Institute of Biology II

Group: Plant Biotechnology

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-6969



Focus of research

  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Evo-devo


  • Since 1999 Distinguished Professor (C4, Ordinarius) Plant Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Since 2004 Professor at Ecole supérieur de Biotechnologie Strasbourg (ESBS)
  • 2006-2008 Dean of the Faculty of Biology
  • 1996-1998 Heisenberg-Fellow of the DFG
  • 1994 Habilitation in General Botany
  • 1990-1996 Assistant Professor (C1), University of Hamburg
  • 1986-1990 PhD studies in Genetics, University of Hamburg
  • 1977-1984 Studies in Biology, Chemistry, Pedagogics at the Universities of Giessen and Hamburg

Selected publications

  • Reski, R. (2018): Enabling the water-to-land transition. Nature Plants 4, 67-68.
  • Renault, H., A. Alber, N.A. Horst, A.B. Lopes, E.A. Fich, L. Kriegshauser, G. Wiedemann, P. Ullmann, L. Herrgott, M. Erhardt, E. Pineau, J. Ehlting, M. Schmitt, J.K.C. Rose, R. Reski*, D. Werck-Reichhart* (2017): A phenol-enriched cuticle is ancestral to lignin evolution in land plants. Nature Communications 8, 14713. *corresponding authors
  • Chater, C.C., R.S. Caine, M. Tomek, S. Wallace, Y. Kamisugi, A.C. Cuming, D. Lang, C.A. MacAlister, S. Casson, D.C. Bergmann, E.L. Decker, W. Frank, J.E. Gray, A. Fleming, R. Reski*, D.J. Beerling* (2016): Origin and function of stomata in the moss Physcomitrella patens. Nature Plants 2, 16179. *corresponding authors
  • Horst, N.A., A. Katz, I. Pereman, E.L. Decker, N. Ohad*, R. Reski* (2016): A single homeobox gene triggers phase transition, embryogenesis and asexual reproduction. Nature Plants 2, 15209. *corresponding authors
  • Khraiwesh, B., M.A. Arif, G.I. Seumel, S. Ossowski, D. Weigel, R. Reski*, W. Frank* (2010): Transcriptional control of gene expression by microRNAs. Cell 140, 111-122. *corresponding authors


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