Prof. Dr. Thomas Ott


Cell Biology
Faculty of Biology
University of Freiburg
Schänzlestr. 1
79104 Freiburg
room: 02.060


Thomas studied biology at the Universities of Göttingen (Germany) and Manchester (UK). He did his doctoral thesis in the group of Michael Udvardi at the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm (Germany) from 2001-2005 before he obtained a postdoctoral Marie-Curie Fellowship of the European Union to conduct a two-years project (2006-2007) at the Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes Micro-organismes (LIPM), INRA-CNRS in Toulouse (France) in the lab of Pascal Gamas and Andreas Niebel. In 2008, he moved as a junior group leader to the University of Munich (LMU) into the department of Martin Parniske. After being awarded an Emmy-Noether Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in October 2009, he started his independent lab in the same place. Thomas then followed the appointments as a professor at the LMU in 2015 and moved in October 2016 to the University of Freiburg where he took over the full professorship in Cell Biology at the Faculty of Biology.

Further activities and achievements
since 2023 – PI in the Collaborative Research Centre SFB1381
since 2022
 – Vice Dean of the Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg
since 2021 – Managing director of the Institute Biology II, University of Freiburg
since 2018 – PI and member of the steering board of the Cluster of Excellence CIBSS at the University of Freiburg
2018 – Teaching Award at the Faculty of Biology (University of Freiburg)
since 2017 – Project Leader at the Enabling Nutrient Symbioses in Agriculture (ENSA) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/ Gates Ag One
2017 – Teaching Award at the Faculty of Biology (University of Freiburg)
2015-2018 – Senior Editor of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (MPMI)
2013 Teaching Award at the Faculty of Biology (LMU Munich)
2011-2019 – PI in the Collaborative Research Centre SFB924 (2011-2016 member of the SFB steering board)

ResearcherID: H-8192-2013