Janine Haueisen

Office: 501
Phone: 0049 431 880 6364
E-mail: jhaueisen@bot.uni-kiel.de
Twitter: @Janine.Haueisen

Research interests

I am fascinated by the sophisticated strategies and structures plants and fungi have developed to interact with each other - either as parasites and pathogens or as partners in mutualistic symbioses.

Our model system, the Zymoseptoria species complex provides a unique opportunity to study the influence of adaptive evolution on very closely related grass-associated fungi. Although these species share a common origin in the Middle East, they are adapted to different host species in highly diverging environments.

To learn more about the evolution and emergence of new fungal pathogens, I am studying the biology and host-associated lifestyles of Zymoseptoria species that live on the leaves of “wild”, non-domesticated grasses. Further, I combine microscopic analyses and fungal gene expression data to dissect how different Zymoseptoria species colonize and reproduce inside the leaf tissue of their hosts. This leads to the identification of candidate genes for host-specific effectors and avirulence factors and my goal is to characterize their role for host specialization and their function during infection.


2018 – Present:
PostDoc in the group of Eva Stukenbrock (Environmental Genomics, Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel & Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön)

2012 – 2018:
PhD student in the group of Eva Stukenbrock (Environmental Genomics, Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel & Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön and Max Planck Research Group Fungal Biodiversity, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany)

2008 – 2012:
Master of Science in Organismic Biology, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany

2005 – 2008:
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany


Destabilization of chromosome structure by histone H3 lysine 27 methylation. Möller M, Schotanus K, Soyer J, Haueisen J, Happ K, Stralucke M, Happel P, Smith KM, Conolly LR, Freitag M, Stukenbrock EH. 2019. PLoS Genetics 15(4): e1008093. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1008093.

Highly flexible infection programs in a fungal plant pathogen. Haueisen J, Moeller M, Eschenbrenner CJ, Grandaubert J, Seybold H, Adamiak H, Stukenbrock EH. 2018. Evolution and Ecology. 1–20. doi:10.1002/ece3.4724.

Life cycle specialization of filamentous pathogens – colonization and reproduction in plant tissues. Haueisen J & Stukenbrock E.H. 2016. Current Opinion in Microbiology, 32, pp 31-37.

Combining microtomy and confocal laser scanning microscopy for structural analyses of plant-fungus associations. Rath M, Grolig F, Haueisen J, Imhof S. 2014. Mycorrhiza. 24 (4), pp 293-300. doi 10.1007/s00572-013-0530-y.

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