Welcome to the Ott lab @ University of Freiburg

On the following pages we have assembled some information on different aspects of our recent research on plant cell biology, teaching and services. Just follow the different links from the menu bar. Our research focus is on membrane dynamics and signalling during plant-microbe interactions. Here, we study the molecular mechanisms that enable host cells to…

Pengbo receives DOMPS award

Since all plant science labs participate in a common plant molecular biology progress seminar, it was recently decided to award a small price for the three best talks and papers of the past year. We are happy to announce that Pengbo Liang, doctoral student in the lab and first author of our recent PNAS paper…

Paper accepted

Have a look at our newest review on “Commonalities and differences in controlling multipartite intracellular infections of legume roots by symbiotic microbes” which is now online at Plant & Cell Physiology. In this review we discuss different regulatory layers that control the co-existence of symbiotic microbes in the same root system. Reference: Lace B, Ott…

New contribution of our EM unit

In a recent publication in PNAS the group of Sonja Albers from the University of Freiburg demonstrates that the archaeal CheY protein shares the overall structure and mechanism of magnesium-dependent phosphorylation with its bacterial counterpart. Furthermore they show that phosphorylation-dependent activation, and conserved residues in the archaeal CheY helix α4, are important for interaction with…