Group Leader

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lothar Willmitzer
Phone:+49 331 567-8200

Department Willmitzer

Genes and Small Molecules

In line with the major focus of the institute, the group of Prof. Dr. Willmitzer tries to contribute to the understanding of small molecule signalling and regulation in plant and yeast cells. 

The long term goals can be described as follows:

Venturing into terra incognita of protein small molecule interactions using combination of novel and classical approaches

The significance of a cell-wide understanding of molecular complexes is of pivotal importance to comprehend life. Protein–metabolite interactions (PMIs) have received little interest in the past; technological progress has been causing this to gradually change.

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Development of metabolite-based biomarkers for modeling/predicting complex traits

In contrast to genetic markers metabolite based biomarkers are largely neglected in plant breeding. This is very different to the situation in the medicinal field, where clinical biochemistry has since long been the basis for developing metabolite based biomarkers that, often due to a lack of understanding of the underlying causality, serve as surrogate markers for a physiological disorder.

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