Dr Christian Voigt
School of Biosciences
Academic Lead for Metabolomics
+44 114 222 0087
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School of Biosciences
Alfred Denny Building
- P3 Lecturer, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK (2017‒present)
- Independent Research Group Leader, Department of Biology, Molecular Phytopathology, University of Hamburg, Germany (2015‒2017)
- Principal Investigator (Junior Professor) and BMBF BioEnergie 2021 Grant Winner. Department of Biology, Molecular Phytopathology, University of Hamburg, Germany (2009‒2014)
- Post-doctoral researcher in Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California at Berkeley, USA (2008‒2009)
- Post-doctoral researcher and DFG Research Scholar in the Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution, Stanford University, USA (2006‒2008)
- Post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Biology, Molecular Phytopathology, University of Hamburg, Germany (2005‒2006)
- PhD in Biology ‘The secreted lipase FGL1 of the phytopathogenic fungus Fusarium graminearum (teleomorph Gibberella zeae (Schwein) Pech) is a novel virulence factor and suppresses plant defense in Triticum aestivum (L)’, Molecular Phytopathology, University of Hamburg, Germany (2002‒2005)
- MSc in Biology, University of Hamburg, Germany (2001‒2002)
- Research interests
Plant pathogens cause tremendous losses in crop yield each year and frequently contaminate crops with toxins that have a massive impact on human and animal health. Among the diverse group of plant pathogens, fungi represent one of the most important groups of causal agents for plant diseases.
My research focuses on plant defence mechanisms that take place at early stages of fungal infection. One of the main targets is to analyse structural changes of the plant cell wall, which is the first barrier of defence most fungal pathogens encounter. To understand fundamental regulatory mechanisms of cell modification and adaption, my studies are initially carried out in the model plants Arabidopsis thaliana and Brachypodium distachyon. In my work, I combine advanced techniques in molecular and cellular imaging as well as biochemistry and analytics. This knowledge will help:
- gain a deeper insight into adapted, structural cell wall changes
- apply new strategies in optimising cell wall architecture in major crops like wheat and maize to improve disease resistance and support food security
- define new approaches for advanced biomass conversion for future bio-refinery applications to mitigate climate change.
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- 3-Aminobenzamide Blocks MAMP-Induced Callose Deposition Independently of Its Poly(ADPribosyl)ation Inhibiting Activity. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9. View this article in WRRO
- The Eurotiomycete Apinisia graminicola as the causal agent of a leaf spot disease on the energy crop Miscanthus x giganteus in Northern Germany. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 149(4), 797-806. View this article in WRRO
- Cellulose and callose synthesis and organization in focus, what's new?. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 34, 9-16. View this article in WRRO
- Molecular Keys to the Janthinobacterium and Duganella spp. Interaction with the Plant Pathogen Fusarium graminearum. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7. View this article in WRRO
- Cellulose/callose glucan networks: the key to powdery mildew resistance in plants?. New Phytologist, 212(2), 303-305. View this article in WRRO
- Improving biomass production and saccharification in Brachypodium distachyon through overexpression of a sucrose-phosphate synthase from sugarcane. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 25(3), 311-318. View this article in WRRO
- Glucanocellulosic ethanol: the undiscovered biofuel potential in energy crops and marine biomass. Scientific Reports, 5(1). View this article in WRRO
- Assessing the cultivation potential of the energy cropMiscanthus × giganteusfor Germany. GCB Bioenergy, 7(4), 763-773. View this article in WRRO
- Reduced susceptibility to Fusarium head blight in Brachypodium distachyon through priming with the Fusarium mycotoxin deoxynivalenol. Molecular Plant Pathology, 16(5), 472-483. View this article in WRRO
- Nanoscale glucan polymer network causes pathogen resistance. Scientific Reports, 4(1). View this article in WRRO
- Callose biosynthesis in arabidopsis with a focus on pathogen response: what we have learned within the last decade. Annals of Botany, 114(6), 1349-1358.
- Comparative Cellular Analysis of Pathogenic Fungi with a Disease Incidence in Brachypodium distachyon and Miscanthus x giganteus. BioEnergy Research, 7(3), 958-973.
- Phylogeny in Defining Model Plants for Lignocellulosic Ethanol Production: A Comparative Study of Brachypodium distachyon, Wheat, Maize, and Miscanthus x giganteus Leaf and Stem Biomass. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e103580-e103580. View this article in WRRO
- Glucanocellulosic biomass: learning from marine biomass to optimize terrestrial biomass conversion. New Biotechnology, 31, S159-S160.
- Interaction of the Arabidopsis GTPase RabA4c with Its Effector PMR4 Results in Complete Penetration Resistance to Powdery Mildew. The Plant Cell, 26(7), 3185-3200.
- Resistance of callose synthase activity to free fatty acid inhibition as an indicator of Fusarium head blight resistance in wheat. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 9(7), e28982-e28982.
- Secreted Fungal Effector Lipase Releases Free Fatty Acids to Inhibit Innate Immunity-Related Callose Formation during Wheat Head Infection. Plant Physiology, 165(1), 346-358.
- Differences in early callose deposition during adapted and non-adapted powdery mildew infection of resistantArabidopsislines. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 8(6), e24408-e24408.
- Elevated Early Callose Deposition Results in Complete Penetration Resistance to Powdery Mildew in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 161(3), 1433-1444.
- Transient expression of the <i>Arabidopsis thaliana</i> callose synthase PMR4 increases penetration resistance to powdery mildew in barley. Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology, 04(08), 810-813.
- The secreted lipase FGL1 is sufficient to restore the initial infection step to the apathogenic Fusarium graminearum MAP kinase disruption mutant Δgpmk1. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 134(1), 23-37.
- Preventing Fusarium Head Blight of Wheat and Cob Rot of Maize by Inhibition of Fungal Deoxyhypusine Synthase. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions®, 24(5), 619-627.
- Genome-Wide Expression Profiling Arabidopsis at the Stage of Golovinomyces cichoracearum Haustorium Formation. Plant Physiology, 146(3), 1421-1439.
- Enhanced mycotoxin production of a lipase-deficient Fusarium graminearum mutant correlates to toxin-related gene expression. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 117(1), 1-12.
- A comprehensive view on organ-specific callose synthesis in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.): glucan synthase-like gene expression, callose synthase activity, callose quantification and deposition. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 44(4), 242-247.
- Simple preparation of plant epidermal tissue for laser microdissection and downstream quantitative proteome and carbohydrate analysis. Frontiers in Plant Science, 6. View this article in WRRO
- The use of nanoscale fluorescence microscopic to decipher cell wall modifications during fungal penetration. Frontiers in Plant Science, 5. View this article in WRRO
- Callose-mediated resistance to pathogenic intruders in plant defense-related papillae. Frontiers in Plant Science, 5. View this article in WRRO
- A secreted lipase of Fusarium graminearum is a virulence factor required for infection of cereals. The Plant Journal, 42(3), 364-375.
- A malectin domain kinesin functions in pollen and seed development in Arabidopsis. Journal of Experimental Botany. View this article in WRRO
- Callose in Biotic Stress (Pathogenesis), Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology of 1-3 Beta Glucans and Related Polysaccharides (pp. 525-562). Elsevier
- Chapter 4.4.5 Callose in Biotic Stress (Pathogenesis) Biology, biochemistry and molecular biology of callose in plant defence: callose deposition and turnover in plant–pathogen interactions, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology of 1-3 Beta Glucans and Related Polysaccharides (pp. 525-562).
- Contributors, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology of 1-3 Beta Glucans and Related Polysaccharides (pp. xv-xvii). Elsevier