Gesa Hoffmann

Max Planck Research Group
Plant Germline Antiviral Immunity"

Main Focus

I investigate the vertical transmission (or the lack thereof) of plant viruses through plant sexual reproduction. Specifically, I aim to understand the composition of molecular barriers that plants set up to protect their progeny from infection. 

Curriculum Vitae

2023-current: Postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm, Germany

2016-2018 Research assistant at the Gregor Mendel Institute, Vienna, Austria



2023 PhD in Biology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

2018 Master of Science, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2015 Bachelor of Science, Univerisity of Cologne, Cologne, Germany 


Hoffmann, G., & Incarbone, M. (2023). A resilient bunch: stem cell antiviral immunity in plants. New Phytologist.

Hoffmann, G., Shukla, A., López-González, S., & Hafrén, A. (2023). Cauliflower mosaic virus disease spectrum uncovers novel susceptibility factor NCED9 in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of experimental botany

Hoffmann, G., López-González, S., Mahboubi, A., Hanson, J., & Hafrén, A. (2023). Cauliflower mosaic virus protein P6 is a multivalent node for RNA granule proteins and interferes with stress granule responses during plant infection. The Plant Cell

Hoffmann, G., Mahboubi, A., Bente, H., Garcia, D., Hanson, J., & Hafrén, A. (2022). Arabidopsis RNA processing body components LSM1 and DCP5 aid in the evasion of translational repression during Cauliflower mosaic virus infection. The Plant Cell

Shukla, A.*, Hoffmann, G.*, Kushwaha, N. K., López-González, S., Hofius, D., & Hafrén, A. (2022). Salicylic acid and the viral virulence factor 2b regulate the divergent roles of autophagy during cucumber mosaic virus infection. Autophagy       

Bruessow, F., Bautor, J., Hoffmann, G., Yildiz, I., Zeier, J., & Parker, J. E. (2021). Natural variation in temperature-modulated immunity uncovers transcription factor bHLH059 as a thermoresponsive regulator in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS genetics

Shukla, A., López-González, S., Hoffmann, G., & Hafrén, A. (2019). Diverse plant viruses: a toolbox for dissection of cellular pathways. Journal of experimental botany

Alcântara, A., Bosch, J., Nazari, F., Hoffmann, G., Gallei, M., Uhse, S., Darino, M., Olukayode, T., Reumann, D., Baggaley, L., Djamei, A. (2019). Systematic Y2H Screening Reveals Extensive Effector-Complex Formation. Frontiers in Plant Science 


Awards & fellowships:

2025-2027 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship

2023-2025 EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship

2023 Outstanding PhD thesis award of the Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society

2023 Lars-Henning Award for best PhD thesis in Plant Biology in Uppsala

2019 Nilsson-Ehle Endowment of the Royal Physiographic Society of Lund


Twitter/X: @gesahoffmann 

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