Department of Botany I - Plant-Physiology and Biophysics

    Group apl. Prof. Dirk Becker

    University Würzburg
    Biozentre, Julius-von-Sachs-Institute for Biosciences
    Department for Molecular Pflant-Pphysiologie and Biophysics - Botany I
    Julius-von-Sachs-Platz 2
    97082 Wuerzburg

    Tel.: +49 (0)931 31-86108
    Fax: +49 (0)931 31-86158


    Room: 2xx

    Group Becker (2016)
    Group Prof. Dr. Dirk Becker (2016)


    apl.Prof. Dr. Dirk Becker (Head)

    Dr. Christine Weiste (Scientific Coworker)

    Eva Kopic (Doctoral Researcher)

    Katharina von Meyer (Doctoral Researcher)

    Khushbu Kumari (Doctoral Researcher)

    Antonella Reyer (Doctoral Researcher)

    Focus of Research

    As sessile organisms plants are rooted to the spot and use context-dependent information to adjust their growth and development to ever changing environmental conditions. Their sensory capabilities allow plants to sense biotic and abiotic signals to convert them into adaptive responses via plant specific signaling networks. The plasma membrane with its associated and embedded proteins represents the molecular interface between plant cells and their surroundings. Other than fulfilling receptor functions integral membrane proteins are instrumental in mediating the transport of water and solutes and thus provide for cellular homeostasis and communication.

    The main focus of our research resides in the investigation of the molecular physiology and biophysics membrane delimited processes involved in ion transport and signaling. Using electrophysiology in combination with molecular cell biology and bioinformatics we are studying (i) the molecular transport mechanisms of ion channels and transporters, (ii) the regulation of channels and transporters by calcium based signaling networks, (iii) the structural basis for channel regulation and (iv) their physiological role in stress adaptation responses.

    If you are interested in our work please contact us for practical courses, bachelor or master thesis. We are happy to welcome you in our team.


    Chair of Botany I - Plant Physiology and Biophysics
    Julius-von-Sachs-Platz 2
    97082 Würzburg

    Phone: +49 931 31-86101
    Fax: +49 931 31-86157

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    Julius-von-Sachs-Platz 2 Hubland Süd Hubland Nord Fabrikschleichach Hubland Süd, Geb. B2 Hubland Süd, Geb. B3