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Florian Dunker (doctoral student)

Florian Dunker

Doctoral student


2015-2021    Doctoral studies in biology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich. Doctoral thesis on "Small RNAs and cysteine-rich proteins - novel molecular weapons of oomycete plant pathogens".

2013-2015    Master studies in biology at the Julius-Maximilians University of Würzburg with focus on molecular plant physiology, high-end light microscopy and biophysics.  Master thesis on the salt and drought stress reaction of Arabidopsis and date palm (Group of Dr. Peter Ache at the chair of molecular plant physiology and biophysics of Prof. Rainer Hedrich).

2012-2014   Scholarship by the German ministry of education and research (Deutschlandstipendium) 2015 Start of doctoral project at the faculty of biology of the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich in the AG Weiberg (Genetics Department)

2010-2013    Bachelor studies in biology at the Julius-Maximilians University of Würzburg.Bachelor thesis in molecular plant physiology.


Dunker F., Lederer B., Weiberg A. (2021). Plant ARGONAUTE Protein Immunopurification for Pathogen Cross Kingdom Small RNA Analysis. Bio-Protocol 11 (3): e3911. DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.3911.

Dunker F., Oberkofler L., Lederer B., Trutzenberg A., Weiberg A. (2021). An Arabidopsis downy mildew non-RxLR effector suppresses induced plant cell death to promote biotroph infection. J Exp Bot,

Dunker F., Trutzenberg A., Rothenpieler J.S., Kuhn S., Pröls R., Schreiber T., Tissier A., Kemen A., Kemen E., Hückelhoven R., Weiberg A. (2020). Oomycete small RNAs bind to the plant RNA-induced silencing complex for virulence. eLife, doi: 10.7554/eLife.56096.

Conferences and workshops:

03.-07. 04. 2017   Plant pathogenomics training school on bioinformatics, python programming and population genetics in Norwich, UK (Travel & attendance scholarship by COST Action SUSTAIN FA1208).

26.-28.05. 2017    Invited speaker at the 12th Microsymposium on small RNAs in Vienna, Austria.

11.-13.10. 2017    Poster presentation at the SFB924 conference “Plant Biology of the Next Generation” in Freising, Germany.