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Wilhelm Pfeffer Prize: Awarded Scientists

The Wilhem Pfeffer Foundation of the DBG awards the Wilhem Pfeffer Prize every other year. The following scientists were endowed:


Dr. Rabea Meyberg

Rabea Meyberg (2020): Conserved key players required for Physcomitrella patens male fertility are affected by accumulation of (epi-) mutations. Dissertation https://archiv.ub.uni-marburg.de/diss/z2020/0063/   

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Dr. Jessica Lee Erickson    

Erickson JL (2019): Shaping plastid stromules. Dissertation, Faculty of Biology, Department of Plant Physiology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25673/13909

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Dr. Moisés Expósito Alonso

Expósito-Alonso M (2018): On climate change and genetic evolution in Arabidopsis thaliana. Dissertation. Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15496/publikation-26332 

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Dr. Inês Barbosa

Barbosa IC (2015): Trafficking and polarity control of the D6 PROTEIN KINASE from Arabidopsis thaliana. Doktorarbeit an der Technischen Universität München (TUM). Wesentliche Teile sind publiziert in:
Barbosa IC, Shikata H, Zourelidou M, Heilmann M, Heilmann I, Schwechheimer ( (2016): Phospholipid composition and a polybasic motif determine D6 PROTEIN KINASE polar association with the plasma membrane and tropic responses. Development 143(24):4687-4700. DOI: 10.1242/dev.137117
Barbosa IC, Zourelidou M, Willige BC, Weller B, Schwechheimer C (2014): "D6 PROTEIN KINASE activates auxin transport-dependent growth and PIN-FORMED phosphorylation at the plasma membrane. Developmental Cell 29(6):674-685. DOI: 10.1016/j.devcel.2014.05.006

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Dr. Manuel Steinbauer

The Effect of Spatial and Environmental Drivers on Patterns in Species Richness and Composition

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Dr. Dominik Großkinsky

Characterisation of Cytokinin mediated Resistance and Biocontrol Effects against Pseudomonas syringae in Arabidopsis and Tobacco. Dissertation an der Uni Graz

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Dr. Marco Todesco

Overt and Cryptic Natural Genetic Variation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Dissertation, MPI Tübingen. Some of the results are published in Nature.

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Dr. Eva Nowack

Nowacks Doktorarbeit ist 2009 im Cuvillier Verlag Göttingen unter dem Titel „Paulinella chromatophora - a Model for the Acquisition of Photosynthesis by Eukaryotes“ erschienen (ISBN 978-3-86727-946-8).

see German Pressemitteilung and Laudatio (pdf file, 0,1 MB)


Dr. Bationa Shahollari

Molecular analyses of the interaction between Arabidopsis thaliana and the endophytic fungus Piriformospora indica. Dissertation, Universität  

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Dr. Sophie Karrenberg van der Nat

Tree regeneration on the flood plain of an Alpine river. Dissertation, Universität

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Dr. Micheal Knoblauch

Entwicklung neuer Methoden zur Untersuchung der Struktur und Funktion des Transportphloems in vivo. Dissertation, Universität

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Dr. Christine Oesterhelt

A sweet live at pH 1 - Characterization of a sugar/polyol-uptake system in the unicellular acidophilic red alga Galdieria sulphurarua
Dissertation, Universität


Dr. Christina Kühn

Charakterisierung und Lokalisierung des Saccharosetransporters SUT1 in Solanaceen. Dissertation, Universität


Dr. Arthur Schüßler

Strukturelle und funktionelle Charakterisierung der Pilz/Blaualgen Endosymbiose Geosiphon pyriforme: Physiologie, Zellbiologie und Taxonomie. Dissertation, Universität


Dr. Karin Hauser

Saccharomyces cerevisiae alpha-Agglutinin: Reinigung, Charakterisierung, Klonierung des Gens und Nachweis einer aktiven Domäne. Dissertation, Universität


Dr. Rebecca Klink

Elektronenmikroskopische Darstellung der Tonoplasten-ATPase bei der C3-CAM-intermediären Pflanze Mesembryanthemum crystallinum. Dissertation, Universität