Prof. Dr. Frank Johannes

Academic Career and Research Areas

Frank Johannes (b. 1976) conducts research in the area of plant epigenomics. His group combines experimental and computational approaches to elucidate epigenetic mechanisms of genome regulation and inheritance in plants.

Johannes obtained his PhD at Pennsylvania State University’s (USA) focusing on statistical genetics. He spent the last year of his PhD as a Marie Curie Fellow at the French Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). He continued this work as a postdoc at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and later at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He stayed in Groningen as an Assistant Professor before being appointed Rudolf Mößbauer Professor at TUM. In 2022, he was appointed Associate Professor.

Hazarika RR, Serra M, Zhang Z, Zhang Y, Schmitz RJ, Johannes F: "Molecular Properties of Epimutation Hotspots". Nature Plants. 2021; 8(2): 146-156.

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Hofmeister BT, Denkena J, Colomé-Tatché M, Shahryary Dizaji Y, Hazarika RR, Grimwood J, Mamid S, Jenkins J, Grabowski PP, Sreedasyam A, Shu A, Barry K, Lail K, Adam C, Lipzen A, Sorek R, Kudrna D, Talag J, Wing R, Hall DW, Jacobsen D, Tuskan GA, Schmutz J,  Johannes F*, Schmitz RJ*: “A genome assembly and the somatic genetic and epigenetic mutation rate in a wild long-lived perennial Populus trichocarpa”. Genome Biology. 2020.

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van der Graaf A, Wardenaar R, Neumann DA, Taudt A, Shaw RG, Jansen RC, Schmitz RJ, Colomé-Tatché M, Johannes F: “Rate, spectrum and evolutionary dynamics of spontaneous epimutations”. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 2015; 112(21): 6676-81.

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Cortijo S, Wardenaar R, Colomé-Tatché M, Gilly A, Etcheverry M, Labadie K, Caillieux E, Hospital F, Aury J-M, Wincker P, Roudier F, Jansen RC, Colot V, Johannes F: “Mapping the epigenetic basis of complex traits”. Science. 2014; 343(6175): 1145-8.

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Johannes F, Porcher E, Teixeira F, Saliba-Colombani V, Simon M, Agier N, Bulski A, Albuisson J, Heredia F, Bouchez D, Dillmann C, Guerche P, Hospital F, Colot V: “Assessing the impact of transgenerational epigenetic variation on complex traits”. PLoS Genetics. 2009; 5(6): e1000530.

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