Dr. Maria Grazia Annunziata

Guest Scientist
Cooperative Research Groups
Plant Signalling
+49 331 567-8169

Curriculum Vitae



NAME:                                    Maria Grazia Annunziata


DATE OF BIRTH:                5th February 1983


NATIONALITY:                   Italian


MARITAL STATUS:            Married, mother of Antonio (born on the 18th of January 2019)


PRIVATE ADDRESS:          Wildkirschenweg 6, 14469, Potsdam, Germany


WORK ADDRESSES:          - University of Potsdam, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24/25, Haus 20

                                                 D - 14476 Potsdam, Golm, Germany

-          Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, 


                                                 Wissenschaftspark Golm, Am Mühlenberg 1,


                                                 14476 Potsdam (OT) Golm, Germany


TEL:                                       +49 17679052987



E-MAIL:                                 annunziata@uni_potsdam.de; a.mariagrazia@hotmail.it ;              





2001-2005 - Laurea Triennale in Scienze Biologiche (equivalent to Bachelors in Biology), Seconda Universitá degli Studi di Napoli, Caserta, Italy 


2005-2008 - Laurea Specialistica in Biologia (equivalent to Masters in Biology) (graduated with Distinction), Seconda Universitá degli Studi di Napoli, Caserta, Italy 


2008-2011 - Ph.D. Seconda Universitá di Napoli, Caserta, Italy

Thesis: “Analysis of metabolites and identification of mutants with altered starch degradation in Brassicaceae”; Supervisors: Amodio Fuggi & Petronia Carillo



Mai 2021 to present – Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Potsdam, Head: Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Röber

2012 to April 2021 – Post-doctoral fellow, System Regulation Group, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany. Supervisor: Prof. Dr Mark Stitt.



March 2018 to December 2019 - Plant Physiology Associate Features Editor

Active Reviewer of Agronomy, Journal of Experimental Botany, Frontiers in Plant Science and PlosOne


Since February 2020 - IATA (International Air Transport Association) Shipper for the MPI-MP. I am one of the certified MPI-MP employees responsible for shipping dangerous goods via air transport.



MPI-MP PostDoc Representative – May 2014 – April 2021

Beside representing junior researchers at institute management meetings, I have been active in organizing transferable skills courses for my peers at the MPI-MP (Scientific Writing, Research Funding and Career Development, Team and Leadership Skills, Grant Writing, How to start your own lab). Moreover, I organized career talks (Ralf Neumann – Editor of “Laborjournal” and “Lab Times”; Mary Williams - Features Editor of “The Plant Cell”; Christopher Surridge - Editor-in-chief of “Nature Plants”) and “Foresight Talks” in which renowned plant scientists share their ideas about what science will look like in the future. The scientists I invited were female professors to provide role-models for young female scientists (Alison Smith - Professor at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK; Ottoline Leyser - Professor at the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, UK).


Member of the MPI Minerva-FemmeNet mentoring programme – since November 2014




Enzymatic analysis of metabolites using spectrophotometric and fluorimetric techniques


LC-MS/MS – analysis of phosphorylated sugars and organic acid determination


HPLC and Ion-Chromatography (Dionex) – measurement of amino acids, sugars, anions and cations (organic and inorganic), glucosinolates


PCR – genotyping


Real-Time qRT-PCR – transcript analysis


Plant growth (Arabidopsis thaliana, Triticum Durum)


Use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), SigmaPlot, LIMS database, XLSTAT (Statistical Software for Excel), Minitab  


Italian: mother tongue


English: spoken – excellent; written – excellent

IELTS (British Council) Certificate – Overall Band Score: 7.5/9 (Very Good User; February 2018)


German: spoken – good; written – good

TELC Test Certificate - hören/lesen:45/45; schreiben:20/20; sprechen:20/20 (18.09.2013)



December 2017 – Award for Special Performance – Great Contribution as a PostDoc Representative for Supporting Junior Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology




Olas JJ, Apelt F, Annunziata MG, John S, Richard SI, Gupta S, Kragler F, Balazadeh S, Mueller-Roeber B. Primary carbohydrate metabolism genes participate in heat stress memory at the shoot apical meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Plant (accepted) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molp.2021.05.024


Caroca R, Howell KA, Malinova I, Burgos A, Tiller N, Pellizzer T, Annunziata MG, Hasse C, Ruf S, Karcher D and Bock R (2020) Knock-down of the plastid-encoded acetyl-CoA carboxylase gene uncovers its functions in metabolism and development. Plant Physiology (accepted).


Moreno Curtidor C+, Annunziata MG+, Gupta S, Apelt F, Richard SI, Kragler F, Mueller-Roeber B and Olas JJ (2020) Physiological profiling of embryos and dormant seeds in two arabidopsis accessions reveals a metabolic switch in carbon reserve accumulation. Frontiers in Plant Science, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.588433

Fichtner F, Barbier FF, Annunziata MG, Feil R, Olas JJ, Mueller-Roeber B, Stitt M, Beveridge CA, Lunn JE (2020) The role of trehalose 6-phosphate in shoot branching – local and non-local effects on axillary bud outgrowth in arabidopsis rosettes. New Phytologist, doi: 10.1111/nph.17006.


Annunziata MG and Lunn JE (2021) Regulation of assimilatory starch metabolism by cellular carbohydrate status. In: Enzymology of Complex Alpha-Glucans (ed. Felix Nitschke). CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Ltd., London. 978-1-138-50520-9 (ISBN).


Annunziata MG. (2019) NTRC: a key regulatory hub in carbon metabolism and redox balance in developing tomato fruits. Plant Physiology. News and Views, 181: 851-852; doi: 10.1104/pp.19.01147.

Annunziata MG. (2019) Enhancing wheat rubisco activase thermostability by mutagenesis of conserved residues from heat-adapted species. Plant Physiology News and Views, 181: 3.

Annunziata MG. (2019) What is lignin made of? New components discovered! Plant Physiology News and Views, 180:1255.

Annunziata MG. (2019) Plant leaf apoplast: an easy method to estimate its hydration state and contents. Plant Physiology News and Views, 180:688.

Annunziata MG, Ciarmiello LF, Woodrow P, Dell'Aversana E, Carillo P (2019). Spatial and temporal profile of glycine betaine accumulation in plants under abiotic stresses. Frontiers in Plant Science, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00230.

Moraes TA, Mengin V, Annunziata MG, Encke B, Krohn N, Höhne M, Stitt M (2019). Response of the circadian clock and diel starch turnover to one day of low light or low CO2. Plant Physiology 179(4):1457-1478.

Ciarmiello LF, Di Maro A, Woodrow P, Annunziata MG, Kafantaris I, Mirto A, Iannuzzi F, Fuggi A, Carillo P (2018). Unveiling the enigmatic structure of TdCMO transcripts in durum wheat. Agronomy 8, 270; doi:10.3390/agronomy8110270.

Annunziata MG, Apelt F, Carillo P, Krause, Feil R, Koehl K, Lunn JE, and Stitt M (2018). Response of Arabidopsis primary metabolism and circadian clock to low night temperature in a natural light environment. Journal of Experimental Botany, 69(20):4881-4895.

Annunziata MG. (2018) The long and the short of it: GA 2-oxidaseA9 regulates plant height in wheat. Plant Physiology News and Views 177(1):3-4.

Fichtner F, Barbier FF, Feil R,Watanabe M, Annunziata MG, Chabikwa TG, Höfgen R, Stitt M, Beveridge CA, Lunn JE. (2017) Trehalose 6-phosphate is involved in triggering axillary bud outgrowth in garden pea (Pisum sativum L.). The Plant Journal, doi: 10.1111/tpj.13705.


Fusari CM, Kooke R, Lauxmann MA, Annunziata MG, Encke B, Hoehne M, Krohn N, Becker FFM, Schlereth A, Sulpice R, Stitt M, Keurentjes JJB (2017) Genome-wide association mapping reveals that specific and pleiotropic regulatory mechanisms fine-tune central metabolism and growth in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, doi: 10.1105/tpc.17.00232.

Annunziata MG, Apelt F, Carillo P, Krause U, Feil R, Mengin V, Lauxmann MA, Köhl K, Nikoloski Z, Stitt M, Lunn JE. (2017). Getting back to nature: a reality check for experiments in controlled environments. Journal of Experimental Botany 68, 4463–4477.

Apelt F, Breuer D, Olas JJ, Annunziata MG, Flis A, Nikoloski Z, Kragler F, Stitt M. (2017) Circadian, carbon, and light control of expansion growth and leaf movement. Plant Physiology 174, 1949-1968.

Annunziata MG,  Ciarmiello LF,  Woodrow P,  Maximova E,  Fuggi A,  Carillo P (2017). Durum wheat roots adapt to salinity remodeling the cellular content of nitrogen metabolites and sucrose. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, 1-16.

Woodrow P, Ciarmiello LF, Annunziata MG, Pacifico S, Iannuzzi F, Mirto A, D´Amelia L, Dell´Aversana E, Piccolella S, Fuggi A and Carillo P. (2017). Durum wheat seedling responses to simultaneous high light and salinity involve a fine reconfiguration of amino acids and carbohydrate metabolism. Physiologia Plantarum 159, 290-312.

Lauxmann MA, Annunziata MG, Brunoud G, Wahl V, Koczut A, Burgos A, Olas JJ, Maximova E, Abel C, Schlereth A, Soja AM, Bläsing OE, Lunn JE, Vernoux T, Stitt M (2016). Reproductive failure in Arabidopsis thaliana under transient carbohydrate limitation: flowers and very young siliques are jettisoned and the meristem is maintained to allow successful resumption of reproductive growth. Plant Cell and Environment, 39: 745-67. 

Ragel P, Streb S, Feil R, Sahrawy M, Annunziata MG, Lunn JE, Zeeman S, Mérida Á (2013). Loss of starch granule initiation has a deleterious effect on the growth of Arabidopsis plants due to an accumulation of ADP-glucose. Plant Physiology, 163:75-85.


Annunziata MG, Carillo P, Fuggi A, Troccoli A, Woodrow P (2013). Metabolic profiling of cauliflower under traditional and reduced tillage systems.  Australian Journal of Crop Science, 7:1317-1323.


Annunziata MG, Attico A, Woodrow P, Oliva MA, Fuggi A, Carillo P (2012). An improved fluorimetric HPLC method for quantifying tocopherols in Brassica rapa L. subsp. sylvestris after harvest. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 27:145-150.

Woodrow P, Pontecorvo G, Ciarmiello LF, Annunziata MG, Fuggi A, Carillo P (2012). Transcription factors and Genes in Abiotic stress. In: Venkateswarlu B, Shanker AK, Shanker C, Maheswari M. Crop stress management: perspective and strategies. p. 317-357, Springer Netherlands, ISBN: 978-94-007-2219-4.


Woodrow P, Ciarmiello LF, Fantaccione S, Annunziata MG, Pontecorvo G, Carillo P (2012). Ty1-copia group retrotransposons and the evolution of retroelements in several angiosperm plants: evidence of horizontal transmission. Bioinformation, vol. 8, p. 267-271.


Woodrow P, Fuggi A, Pontecorvo G, Kafantaris I, Annunziata MG, Massaro G, Carillo P (2012). cDNA cloning and differential expression patterns of ascorbate peroxidase during post-harvest in Brassica rapa L.. Molecular Biology Reports, 39(8):7843-53.


Carillo P, Parisi D, Woodrow P, Pontecorvo G, Massaro G, Annunziata MG, Fuggi A, Sulpice R (2011). Salt induced accumulation of glycine betaine is inhibited by high light in durum wheat. Functional Plant Biology 38,139-150.


Carillo P, Annunziata MG, Pontecorvo G, Fuggi A, Woodrow P (2011). Salinity stress and salt tolerance. In: Arun Shanker. Abiotic stress - mechanisms and adaptations. vol. 1, p. 21-38, ISBN: 978-953-307-394-1.





R workshop for Beginners. MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany (April-May 2017 - 6 sessions). Trainer: Dirk Walther.


Negotiation basics: Common pitfalls and success strategies for women. MPI for Human Development, Berlin, Germany (28th October 2016) Trainer: Prof. Dr. Brooke A. Shaughnessy


Fundamentals of mass spectrometry. XXII International Mass Spectrometry Conference, Toronto, Canada (20th –21st August 2016). Trainers: Jürgen H. Gross & O. David Sparkman


Grant Writing Workshop. Harnack House – Conference Venue of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany (28th – 29th April 2016). Trainer: Babette Regierer.


Master your scientific project successfully. Harnack House – Conference Venue of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany (14th – 15th October 2015). Trainer: Barbara Wagner


PerForming Teams - Executing leadership in Science: how to manage a successful team.

Harnack House – Conference Venue of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany (29th – 30th September 2015). Trainers: Schiller and Mertens.


Scientific Writing Workshop. MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany (15th- 16th July 2015). Trainers: Justin Mullins and Mark Buchanan -WAS Write About Science    


Research Founding and Career Development.  Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany (9th - 10th December 2014). Trainer: Dr. Beate Scholz - Scholz – consulting training coaching. 


Job Hunting   MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany (17th of January 2013). Trainer: Ralf Petri


An Introduction to Intercultural Communication for Doctoral Students: Developing Key Problem-Solving Skills for the International Workplace. MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany (15th -16th October 2012). Trainer: Alexia Petersen


How to Lead a Lab.   MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany (6th of September 2012). Trainer: Michael Schroda


Plant cultivation, experimental design and statistics. MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany (16th -27th April 2012). Trainer: Karin Köhl.



February 2020 – March 2020. Supervisor of Sarah Isabel Richard. Master student from the University of Potsdam hosted at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP).

March 2018 – March 2020. Supervisor, during their various visits at the MPI-MP, of Emilia Dell’Aversana and Giovanna Marta Fusco, PhDs of Universita’ della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” within the DAAD-MIUR Project No. 32983: the Italy-Germany Joint Mobility Program “Salinity tolerance and nitrogen use efficiency in durum wheat”.

September 2018 - February 2019. Supervisor of Romane Lahaye, ERASMUS student at the MPI-MP.

August 2018. Supervisor of Emilia Dell’Aversana, Visiting Researcher Student of Universita’ della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”.

August 2018. Supervisor of Luisa D’Amelia, Visiting Researcher Student of Universita’ della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”.

August 2017 – September 2017. Supervisor of Emilia Dell’Aversana, Master student of Universita’ della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”.

March 2017 – June 2017. Supervisor of Jagoda Szwedyk, student-helper at the MPI-MP.

March 2017 – June 2017. Supervisor of Maryna Molochko, student-helper at the MPI-MP.

February 2016 – March 2016. Supervisor of Bryan Nowack, student-helper at the MPI-MP.

October 2015 - December 2015. Supervisor of Jana Verbancic, IAESTE Master-student at the MPI-MP.

July 2015 – September 2015. Supervisor of Rafal Zdrzalek, ERASMUS PLUS student at the MPI-MP.

July 2015 – September 2015. Supervisor of Katarzyna Czernik, ERASMUS PLUS student at the MPI-MP.

December 2013 - June 2014. Co-supervisor of Marina Salles, IAESTE student at the MPI-MP.

July 2012 - September 2012. Supervisor of Michał Śmiga student-helper at the MPI-MP.

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