Professor of Molecular Genetics


Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes
TU Kaiserslautern
Paul-Ehrlich-Straße 23, Room 105
67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)631-205-3254
Fax: +49 (0)631-205-4090

Email: willmund[at]
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Curriculum Vitae:

since 2014: Junior Professor of Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes, Department of Biology, University Kaiserslautern (Germany).

04/2013-09/2014: Group Leader at the Department of Biology, University Kaiserslautern (Germany) - DAAD fellow.

02/2008-01/2013: Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University, CA (USA) - EMBO fellow.

08/2007-01/2008: Postdoc, Universty of Freiburg (Germany).

04/2004-07/2007: Ph.D. Studies (Major Biochemistry) at the Universty of Freiburg (Germany).

Major Research Interests:

In our research we aim to understand how global warming impacts plant cells and how protein biogensis is tuned during acclimation to alterend conditions. The central aim is to understand the underlying principles and to reveal regulatory factors in order to facilitate the future engineering of stress-resistant crop plants.

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Selected Publications:

Rohr M, Ries F, Herkt C, Gotsmann VL, Westrich, LD, Gries K, Trösch, R, Christmann J, Chaux-Jukic F, Jung M, Zimmer D, Mühlhaus T, Sommer F, Schroda M, Keller S, Möhlmann T, and Willmund F. The distinctive role of eukaryotic trigger factor serving protein biogenesis in chloroplasts of a green algae and a land plant. Plant Physiology (2019), 179. 1093-1110.

Trösch R, Barahimipour R, Gao Y, Badillo Corona JA, Gotsmann VL, Zimmer D, Mühlhaus T, Zoschke R and Willmund F. Commonalities and differences of chloroplast translation in a green alga and land plants. Nature Plants (2018), Aug; 4: 564-575

Ries F, Carius Y, Rohr M, Gries K, Keller S, Lancaster CRD, and Willmund F. Structural and molecular comparison of bacterial and eukaryotic trigger factors. Scientific Reports (2017), 6;7(1):10680 

Trösch R, Mühlhaus R, Schroda M, and Willmund F. ATP-dependent molecular chaperones in plastids - more complex than expected. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. (2015), 1847(9): 872-88. Review.

Pechmann S*, Willmund F*, Frydman J. (2013). The ribosome as a hub for protein quality control. Mol Cell. Vol. 49(3), Review. *Authors contributed equally

 Willmund F, del Alamo M, Pechmann S, Chen T, Albanèse V, Dammer EB, Peng J, Frydman J. (2013). The cotranslational function of ribosome-associated Hsp70 in eukaryotic protein homeostasis. Cell. Vol. 152(1-2),196-209.

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