Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Außerplanmäßiger Prof. Dr. Erich Glawischnig

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Academic Career and Research Areas

The main research interest of Dr. Glawischnig (*1968) is on tryptophan metabolism in plants. Here, tryptophan is a central metabolic branch point, as numerous secondary metabolites, e.g. camalexin, and the plant hormone IAA are derived form this amino acid. His lab has largely elucidated the camalexin biosynthetic pathway in Arabidopsis and studied a number of important aspects of its regulation during pathogen defense.


He studied biology and obtained his PhD at the TU München. After a postdoc period focussed on central metabolism and auxin biosynthesis in maize he went to the lab of Barbara Halkier in Copenhagen. Since 2002 he worked as group leader at the TU München, chair of genetics and habilitated in 2007. In 2012 he was awarded a Heisenberg fellowship.


Heisenberg-Stipendium (2012)

EMBO Fellowship (2000)

Hans-Fischer-Preis (1998)

Key Publications

Böttcher C, Westphal L, Schmotz C, Prade E, Scheel D, Glawischnig E.: "The multifunctional enzyme, CYP71B15 (PHYTOALEXIN DEFICIENT 3), converts cysteine-indole-3-acetonitrile to camalexin in the indole-3-acetonitrile metabolic network of Arabidopsis thaliana." Plant Cell. 2009; 21, 1830-184.


Kriechbaumer V, Weigang L, Fiesselmann A, Letzel T, Frey M, Gierl A, Glawischnig E.: "Characterisation of the tryptophan synthase alpha subunit in maize." BMC Plant Biol. 2008; 22;8: 44.


Kriechbaumer V, Park WJ, Piotrowski M, Meeley RB, Gierl A, Glawischnig E.: "Maize nitrilases have a dual role in auxin homeostasis and beta-cyanoalanine hydrolysis." 2007; J Exp Bot. 58: 4225-4233.


Schuhegger R, Nafisi M, Mansourova M, Petersen BL, Olsen CE, Svatos A, Halkier BA, Glawischnig E. "CYP71B15 (PAD3) Catalyzes the Final Step in Camalexin Biosynthesis." 2006; Plant Physiol. 141(4):1248-54.


Glawischnig E, Hansen BG, Olsen CE, Halkier BA: "Camalexin is synthesized from indole-3-acetaldoxime, a key branching point between primary and secondary metabolism in Arabidopsis." 2004; Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 101, 8245-8250.