The University of Potsdam (UP) is the largest university in the federal state of Brandenburg, Germany. Since 2017, UP has been recognized as one of the 251-300 globally leading universities by the highly respected THE-Ranking. Having students and employees coming from different parts of the world, UP has developed as an ‘International community’. In the “Gründungsradar”, the national founders rating of the Stifterverband in Germany, UP reserved the second place in 2016 and the third in 2018 (both times together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) which is highlighting the entrepreneurial and founding culture at UP. In 2016, UP was awarded the certificate ´HR Excellence in Research´ by the European Commission.
The Department of Molecular Biology is part of the Institute of Biology and Biochemistry, which belongs to the Faculty of Sciences. Current research interests are plant transcription factors and gene regulatory networks, plant ageing and senescence, mechanisms of abiotic stress tolerance, priming in model and crop plants and plant biotechnology. Since 2013, Prof. Dr. Mueller-Roeber is also leading synthetic biology research, focusing on the development of new approaches for high-throughput multi-gene assemblies for synthetic biology applications and the development of synthetic transcription factors and gene regulatory networks in microbial organisms (S. cerevisiae) and plants.
The department is already involved in national and international projects on the analysis of priming processes in plants (e.g. CRC 973, EU CropStrengthen).
Prof. Dr. Mueller-Roeber headed the 13 Mio. Euro Systems Biology Program GoFORSYS (2006-2011) that included 17 research groups from the University of Potsdam, the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and the MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, and a company from the metabolomics field as partners. Prof. Dr. Mueller-Roeber co-heads the International Max Planck Research School ´Primary Metabolism and Plant Growth´ (IMPRS-PMPG), jointly initiated by the MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology and UP in 2007.
Besides others, he is/was member of the DFG Senate Commission on Genetic Research (2010-2017), Deputy Head of Germany´s BioEconomyCouncil (BioÖkonomieRat; from 2009-2011) where he also headed the Expert Group ´Plant Innovation´, Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Joint Programming Initiative ´Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change´ (2009-2011), Member of Acatech – German Academy of Science and Engineering (since 2006), Member of Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Berlin, Germany (since 2003).
Publications: more than 200; Citations: more than 20,000; h-index: 77; i-index: 191
Person-in-charge: Prof. Dr. Bernd Mueller-Roeber – firstname.lastname@example.org