Professor of Plant Physiology

Division: Plant Physiology

University Kaiserslautern

Plant Physiology

Building 22


67663 Kaiserslautern Germany

Phone: +49 631 205 2372

Fax: +49 631 205 2600

Email: neuhaus[at]

1987 Examination in Biology, University of Münster

1990 Dr. rer. nat (Ph.D.) University of Bayreuth

1990-1998 Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Osnabrück

1995 Habilitation (Plant Physiology), University of Osnabrück

1998 Assistant-Professor of Plant Physiology

1999 Call as Professor for Plant Physiology, University of Kaiserslautern


Calls to Chairs

1998 Call to the Humboldt University Berlin, declined

2004 Call to the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, declined

2008 Call to the Ruhr-University Bochum, declined


Awards and Scientific Community Services

2003 - 2012 Spokesperson Speaker of the DFG (German Research Foundation) Research Training Group 845

2008 - 2014 Spokesperson of the DFG Research Unit 1061

2008 - 2012 Member of the DFG panel Plant Biology

2009 Awarded with a Reinhart Koselleck-Grant by the DFG

2010 - today Member of the Advisory Board of the University of Kaiserslautern

2012 - 2021 Spokesperson of the IRTG 1830

2012 - 2019  Member of the DFG Senate

2016 - Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina

2017 - Corresponding Member Award of the American Society of Plant Biologists, ASPB

Major Research Interest:

Our group works on transport proteins in plants and bacteria. Special aspects are currently ATP transporters in plant plasma- and endomembranes, and vacuolar located sugar- and dicarbonic-acid transporters. We wish to understand transporter functions on the biochemical level (e.g. mode of transport, substrate specificity) and also on the physiological level (implications of transporters for plant primary metabolism, development and adaptations).

Some relevant scientific papers in the last 10 years

Martins Rodrigues C*, Müdsam C*, Keller I, Zierer W, Czarnecki O, Corral JM, Reinhardt F, Nieberl P, Fiedler-Wiechers K, Sommer FK, Schroda M, Mühlhaus T, Harms T, Flügge UI, Sonnewald U, Koch W, Ludewig F, Neuhaus HE, Pommerrenig B (2020) Vernalization alters sink and source identities and reverses phloem translocation from taproots to shoots in sugar beet  Beta vulgaris). Plant Cell 32, 3206–3223 doi: 10.1105/tpc.20.00072 
(*These authors contributed equally to this work)

Fernie AR, Bachem CWB, Helariutta Y, Neuhaus HE, Prat S, Ruan Y-L, Stitt M, Sweetlove LJ, Tegeder M, Wahl V, Sonnewald S, Sonnewald U (2020) Synchronisation of developmental, molecular and metabolic aspects of source-sink interactions.  Nat. Plants 6, 55-66 doi: 10.1038/s41477-020-0590-x

Patzke K*, Prananingrum P*, Klemens PAW, Trentmann O, Martins Rodrigues C, Keller I, Fernie AR, Geigenberger P, Bölter B, Lehmann M, Schmitz-Esser C, Pommerrenig B, Haferkamp I, Neuhaus HE (2019) The plastidic sugar transporter pSuT influences flowering and affects cold responses. Plant Physiol. 179, 569-587 doi: 10.1104/pp.18.01036
*These authors contributed equally to the article

Klein M-C, Zimmermann K, Schorr S, Landini M, Klemens PAW, Altensell J, Jung M, Krause E, Nguyen D, Helms V, Rettig J, Fecher-Trost C, Cavalié A, Hoth M, Bogeski I, Neuhaus HE, Zimmermann R, Lang S, Haferkamp I (2018) AXER is an ATP/ADP exchanger in the membrane of the endoplasmic reticulum. Nature Comm. volume 9, Article number: 3489 doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06003-9

Frei B, Eisenach C, Martinoia E, Hussein S, Chen X-Z, Arrivault S, Neuhaus HE (2018) Purification and functional characterization of the vacuolar malate transporter tDT from Arabidopsis. J. Biol. Chem. 293, 4180-4190 doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA117.000851

Jung B, Ludewig F, Schulz A, Meißner G, Wöstefeld N, Flügge U-I, Pommerrenig B, Wirsching P, Sauer N, Koch W, Sommer F, Mühlhaus T, Schroda M, Cuin, TA, Graus D, Marten I, Hedrich R, Neuhaus HE (2015) Identification of the transporter responsible for sucrose accumulation in sugar beet taproots. Nature Plants 1, Article number: 14001 (2015) ​doi:10.1038/nplants.2014.1

Müller M, Kunz HH, Schroeder JI, Kemp G, Young HS, Neuhaus HE (2014) Decreased capacity of sodium export out of Arabidopsis chloroplasts impairs salt tolerance, photosynthesis and plant performance. Plant J. 78, 646–658 doi: 10.1111/tpj.12501

Hoffmann C, Plocharski B, Haferkamp I, Leroch M, Ewald R, Bauwe H, Riemer J, Herrmann J, Neuhaus HE (2013) From Endoplasmic Reticulum to mitochondria: Absence of the Arabidopsis ATP antiporter ER-ANT1 perturbs photorespiration. Plant Cell 25, 2647-2660 doi: 10.1105/tpc.113.113605

Rieder B, Neuhaus HE (2011) Identification of an Arabidopsis plasma membrane located ATP transporter important for anther development. Plant Cell 23, 1932-1944 doi: 10.1105/tpc.111.084574

Wingenter K, Schulz A, Wormit A, Wic S, Trentmann O, Hoermiller I, Heyer AG, Marten I, Hedrich R, Neuhaus HE (2010) Increased activity of the vacuolar monosaccharide transporter TMT1 alters cellular sugar partitioning, sugar signalling and seed yield in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 154, 665-677 doi: 10.1104/pp.110.162040