Emeritus Directors

Emeritus Directors

The MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology was founded in 1994. As the institute is relatively young, there is not yet a long list of former directors. Mark Stitt was the first director emeritus in 2021. He was followed in 2022 by our founding director, Lothar Willmitzer. 
Both directors remain closely associated with the Institute. Mark Stitt chairs the Emeritus Group on Systems Regulation. 

Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h. c. Mark Stitt
led the Metabolic Networks Department from 2001 to 2021. His department studied a wide set of physiological processes involved in orchestrating photosynthesis,  carbon metabolism, nitrogen and phosphate utilisation, storage and growth. The Department used physiogical, biochemical, molecular, genetic and Systems approaches.

The group "System regulation" uses a systems-oriented approach to investigate how plants coordinate their metabolism and growth with the supply of carbohydrate from photosynthesis. The studies of photosynthetic metabolism provide knowledge that will help us to improve photosynthetic efficiency in crop plants. The studies of carbon and nitrogen metabolism, starch turnover, sugar signalling, development and growth give insights into the strategies that plants employ to survive and thrive in a fluctuating and changing environment. more
Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h. c. Lothar Willmitzer
Lothar Willmitzer is the founding director of the institute and headed the Department of Molecular Physiology from 1994 to 2022. The main topic of the department was the analysis of primary metabolic processes and their mathematical description. This included nutrient uptake and transfer as well as the structure of plant macromolecules. more
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