Professor of the Microbiology department


Prof. Dr. Nicole Frankenberg-Dinkel

Department Microbiology; TU Kaiserslautern
Building: 23
Room: 195

Tel.: +49 631 +49 (0)631 205 2353

Fax: +49 631 +49 (0)631 205 3799

E-Mail: nfranken[a]

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Curriculum Vitae

1990-1996Studies of Biology at the Universities of Regensburg, Germany and Boulder, Colorado, USA
1996 Diploma thesis at the University of Regensburg; Supervisor: Günter Hauska
1996-1999PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Freiburg, Germany; Supervisor: Dieter Jahn
1999-2002Postdoc at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California at Davis, USA; Supervisor: J. Clark Lagarias
2003-2005Group leader within the Emmy-Noether-Program (DFG) at the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
2006-2014 W2-Professor for Physiology of Microorganisms at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Since 09/2014 W3-Professor for Microbiology at the Technical University Kaiserslautern, Germany

Major Research Interests

Our research group has a broad interest in how microorganisms perceive their environment and adapt to changing conditions. For these investigations, we use different model organisms: phototrophic cyanobacteria, which produce energy with the help of light, the opportunistic pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is a serious pathogen through the formation of biofilms, as well as Methanosarcina acetivorans, a representative of the Archaea, which carry out so-called methanogenesis under exclusion of oxygen. Details about our research interests can be found here.

Selected Publications

Frascogna, F., Ledermann, B., Hartmann, J., Patallo, E.P., Zeqiri, F., Hofmann, E.  Frankenberg-Dinkel, N. (2023) On the evolution of the plant phytochrome chromophore biosynthesis. Plant Physiol. In press


Scherhag, A., Räschle, M., Unbehend, N., Venn, B., Glueck, D., Mühlhaus, T., Keller, S., Patallo, E.P., Zehner, S. & Frankenberg-Dinkel, N. (2023) Characterization of a soluble library of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 membrane proteome with emphasis on c-di-GMP turnover enzymes. µLife in press


Robinson EA., Frankenberg-Dinkel N., Xue F., Wilks A(2021) Recombinant Production of Biliverdin IXβ and δ Isomers in the T7 Promoter Compatible Escherichia coli Nissle. Frontiers in microbiology 12, 787609-787609


Tomazic, N., Overkamp, K., Wegner, H., Gu, B., Mahler, F., Aras, M., Keller, S., Pierik, A.J., Hofmann, E. & Frankenberg-Dinkel, N. (2021) Exchange of a single amino acid residue in the cryptophyte phycobiliprotein lyase GtCPES expands its substrate specificity. Biochim. Biophys. Acta-Bioenergetics in press


Streng, C., Hartmann, J., Leister, K., Krauß, N., Lamparter, T., Frankenberg-Dinkel, N., Yu, Z. & Fischer,R. (2021) A novel role for mitochondria in fungal light sensing. EMBO J. e108083