Professors and Group Leaders (sorted by universities)



NamePortfolioResearch Topic
Prof. Dr. Jake AlexanderExperimental plant ecologyPlant Ecology
PD Dr. Reinhard BerndtSystematic mycologySystematic Mycology
Dr. Navreet K. BhullarCereal biotechnology research for crop improvementPlant Biotechnology
Prof. Dr. Kirsten BombliesAdaptive evolution in response to genome duplication and climatePlant Evolutionary Genetics
Prof. Dr. Nina BuchmannBiogeochemistry and biodiversity of agro- and forest ecosystemsEcosystem Functioning and Global Change
Prof. Dr. Consuelo De MoraesBiocommunication & ecologyBiocommunication & Ecology
Prof Dr. Werner EugsterGreenhouse gas fluxes in forests and agroecosystemsBiosphere–Atmosphere Exchange Processes
Prof. Dr. Emmanuel FrossardImprove nutrient-use efficiency in agro-ecosystemsPlant Nutrition
Dr. Claude GarciaHuman-forest interface in subtropical and tropical regions – Forest management and development group (ForDev)Biodiversity Conservation – Natural Resources Management
Prof. Dr. Jaboury GhazoulPlant-animal interactions and ecosystem functionEcology of Plant Reproduction
Prof. em. Dr. Wilhelm GruissemPlant genetic networks – from databases to computational modelingFunctional Genomics
Dr. Felix GugerliLandscape Genomics of Forest Trees and Alpine PlantsEcological Genetics
Dr. Chris J. KettlePlant conservation genetics and applied molecular ecologyConservation Genetics and Applied Molecular Ecology
Prof. Dr. Christoph KüfferGlobal change ecologyGlobal Change Ecology
Prof. Dr. Adrian LeuchtmannGrass endophytesPlant Ecological Genetics
Prof. Dr. Monika MaurhoferPlant pathologyPlant Pathology
Prof. Dr. Bruce McDonaldPopulation genetics and evolutionary biology of plant pathogenic fungiPlant Pathology
Dr. Timothy McLarenThe chemical nature and cycling of nutrients in the environmentPlant Nutrition
Dr. Astrid ObersonPhosphorus and nitrogen (re-)cycling in agro-ecosystemsPlant Nutrition
Prof. Dr. Loïc PellissierUnderstanding the dynamic of biological landscapesSpatial Ecology
Prof. Dr. Antia Rodríguez VillalonPlant cell differentiation - Which role for phosphoinositides?Plant Vascular Development
PD Dr. Diana SanteliaThe role of carbon metabolism in drought stress tolerancePlant Molecular Physiology and Biochemistry
Prof. Dr. Clara Sánchez RodríguezPlant cell wall dynamics in plant growth and stress responsePlant Cell Biology
Prof. Dr. Christian SchöbPlant-plant interactionsPlant Community Ecology
Prof. Dr. Johan SixElucidating and promoting sustainable agriculture across the worldSustainable Agroecosystems
Dr. Thomas StädlerEvolutionary genetics and reproductive isolation in wild tomatoesPlant Evolutionary Genetics
Prof. Dr. Bruno StuderForage crop geneticsForage Crop Genetics
Dr. Federica TamburiniOxygen isotope in phosphate, a new approach to study the soil/plant systemPlant Nutrition
Dr. Elisabeth TruernitPhloem development and functionPlant Development
Prof. Dr. Olivier VoinnetRNA BiologyRNA Biology
Prof. Dr. Julia VorholtPhyllosphere microbiomeMicrobiology
Prof. Dr. Achim WalterPlant growth and phenotypingCrop Science
Prof. Dr. Alex WidmerUnderstanding the genetic basis of ecological and evolutionary processesPlant Ecological Genetics
Prof. Dr. Samuel C. ZeemanPlant primary metabolism - From basic research to crop productivityPlant Biochemistry


Portfolio Name
Research Topic
Prof. Dr. Bruno BaurPlants and animals in a rapidly changing environmentConservation Biology
Prof. em. Dr. Thomas BollerMolecular aspects of symbiosis and pathogenesis in plantsMolecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
Dr. Jurriaan de VosPlant reproductive diversity across lineages and environmentsPlant evolution and systematics
PD Dr. Günter HochTree carbon relationsTree ecophysiology
Prof. Dr. Ansgar KahmenResponses of plants and ecosystems to global environmental changePhysiological Plant Ecology                                                        
Prof. em. Dr. Christian KörnerEcosystem function and biodiversity under global changePlant Ecology
Prof. Dr. Klaus SchlaeppiRoot microbiomePlant-Microbe Interactions
Prof. em. Dr. Jürg StöcklinPlant life in alpine habitatsPlant Population and Evolutionary Biology
PD Dr. Peter StollPlant population dynamicsPlant Ecology
Prof. Dr. Yvonne WilliLimits to the adaptive evolution processEvolutionary Biology


NamePortfolioResearch Topic
Prof. Dr. Matthias Erb           Secondary metabolites in plant-herbivore interactionsMolecular and Chemical Plant-Herbivore Interactions 
Prof. Dr. Markus FischerPlant ecologyPlant Ecology    
Prof. Dr. Pauline JullienMethylome dynamics during Arabidopsis reproductionDevelopment and Epigenetic
Prof. Dr. Cris KuhlemeierPlant developmental biologyPlant Developmental Biology
Prof. Dr. Christian ParisodPlant ecological genomicsPlant Genome Evolution and Diversification
Prof. Dr. Doris RentschTransport of organic nitrogen in plants and parasitic protozoaMolecular Plant Physiology
Prof. Dr. Christelle RobertInfochemicals that shape interactions between organismsChemical Ecology
PD Dr. Zerihun TadeleCrop breeding and genomicsPlant Genetics and Development
Prof. Dr. Willy TinnerEcosystem and vegetation responses to climatic change, disturbance and land usePaleoecology and Vegetation Dynamics


NamePortfolioResearch Topic
PD Dr. Markus GeislerFunctional interactomics of auxin transport                          Molecular Plant Physiology – Hormone Transport
Dr. Ora HazakSignaling peptides in plant adaptation to abiotic stressesMolecular Genetics and Plant Cell Biology
Prof. Dr. Felix MauchMolecular plant-microbe interactionsMolecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
Prof. Dr. Heinz Müller-SchärerEcology and evolution in invasive plantsPlant Population Ecology
PD Dr. Didier ReinhardtRegulation of growth, nutrition, and symbiosis in plantsMolecular Plant-Microbe interactions, Plant Nutrition
Prof. Dr. Laure WeisskopfVolatile-mediated impact of bacteria on plants                                                            Plant-microbe Interactions, Phytopathology, Microbiology


NamePortfolioResearch Topic
Prof. Dr. Marie BarberonNutrition and development of plantsDevelopmental Physiology
Prof. Dr. Teresa FitzpatrickVitamin metabolism and its relations to environmental stressPlant Biochemistry and Physiology                                 
Prof. Dr. Michel Goldschmidt-ClermontChloroplast biogenesis and light acclimationGenetics of Photosynthesis
Prof. Dr. Michael HothornStructural plant biologyStructural Biology & Cell Biology & Genetics
Prof. Dr. Luis Lopez-MolinaMolecular genetic control of seed germination in Arabidopsis thalianaPlant Developmental Genetics, Hormone Signaling
Dr. Yamama NaciriUnderstanding plant speciation and diversification patternsBiodiversity and Evolution
Dr. Xavier PerretGenetics and diversity of rhizobia-legume symbiosesMolecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Microbiology
Prof. Dr. Michelle PricePlant Systematics and BiodiversitySystematics and evolution of plants and fungi
Prof. Dr. Roman UlmUV-B perception and signalling in plantsPlant Molecular Biology


Portfolio Name
Research Topic
Prof. Dr. Christian FankhauserMolecular mechanisms of light-regulated growth and development in plantsPlant Photoreceptor-Mediated Signal Transduction
Prof. Dr. Edward FarmerPlant molecular biologyPlant Molecular Biology
Prof. Dr. Niko GeldnerDevelopmental cell biology of plantsDevelopmental Cell Biology of Plants
Prof. Dr. Pierre GoloubinoffPerception of stress and the mechanisms of molecular chaperonesHeat-Shock Biology and the Mechanisms of Chaperone Actions
Prof. Dr. Antoine GuisanSpatial modelling of plants species distributionSpatial Ecology
Prof. Dr. Christian HardtkeThe molecular basis of plant growth & developmentMolecular Genetics & Natural Genetic Variation
Dr. Christiane NawrathStructure – function analysis of cutin and the cuticle in ArabidopsisBiochemistry
Prof. Dr. John PannellEcology and evolution of plant sexual systemsEcology and Evolution of Plant Sexual Systems
Prof. Dr. Yves PoirierPlant metabolic pathways and phosphate homeostasisPlant Molecular Biology-Metabolic Pathways
Prof. Dr. Philippe ReymondPlant defenses against insectsMolecular Studies of Plant-Insect Interactions
Prof. Dr. Ian R. SandersGenetics and evolution of the mycorrhizal symbiosisMolecular Genetics and Evolution
Prof. Dr. Julia Santiago CuellarPlant signaling mechanismsCell Wall Signaling and Remodeling
Prof. Dr. Sebastian SoykGenetic control of plant architecturePlant Developmental Genetics



NamePortfolioResearch Topic
Prof. Dr. Daniel CrollEvolutionary genomics of plant-pathogen interactions

Evolutionary Genetics

Prof. Dr. Jason GrantPlant systematics and taxonomyPlant Systematics and Taxonomy
Prof. Dr. Felix KesslerDiscovering how chloroplasts are madeChloroplasts and Photosynthesis
Dr. Fiamma P LongoniDynamics of the light harvesting complexPhotosynthetic acclimation
Dr. Ricardo MachadoBioluminescence as a regulator of multitrophic interactions belowgroundMolecular and Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. Brigitte Mauch-ManiInduced resistance and priming against biotic and abiotic stressPlant Pathology
Prof. Dr. Sergio RasmannEvolutionary ecology of above-belowground plant-animal interactionMechanistic Community Ecology, Soil Ecology
Prof. Dr. Ted TurlingsChemical signals involved in plant-insect interactionsChemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. Joop VermeerUnderstanding spatial accommodating responses during plant developmentPlant Cell and Molecular Biology


NamePortfolio NameResearch Topic
Dr. Simon AeschbacherPlant adaptation and speciation in the face of gene flowPopulation Genomics
Dr. Aurélien BaillyVolatile organic compounds-mediated plant-microbe communicationMolecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
PD Dr. Célia BarouxChromatin and transcriptome dynamics during sexual plant reproductionMolecular Genetics of Plant Development
Prof. Dr. Jordi BascompteNetworks of species interactions and biodiversityCommunity Ecology
Prof. Dr. Sylvain BischofEpigenetic control of gene expression and genome stabilityEpigenetics and Chromatin Biology
Prof. Dr. Elena ContiAn integrative phylogenetic approach to elucidate the evolution of plant diversityPlant Evolution and Systematics
Prof. Dr. Alexander DammRemote sensing of plant-water relationsRemote Sensing
Prof. Dr. Leo EberlInteractions of bacteria with plantsMicrobiology
Dr. Stefan Grob3D-omicsEpigenetics
Prof. Dr. Ueli GrossniklausGenetic and epigenetic control of plant reproductionPlant Developmental Genetics
PD Dr. Marcus HallPlants and societyEnvironmental History
Prof. Dr. Stefan HörtensteinerChlorophyll breakdownChloroplast Metabolism
Dr. Matthew HortonIdentifying the genes important in plant ecology and evolutionPlant Ecology, Evolution, and Genetics
Dr. Colin HughesDynamics of neotropical plant diversificationPlant Systematics and Evolution
Dr. Joohyun KangMolecular & physiology rule of ABC transporters in plantMolecular Plant Physiology
Prof. Dr. Beat KellerThe cereal genomes: hidden treasures for evolutionary genomics and agronomyPlant Molecular Biology
PD Dr. Michael KesslerTropical plant biodiversity and biogeographyTropical Pant Biodiversity and Biogeography
Prof. em. Dr. Peter LinderRadiation of the Cape floraSystematic Botany
Prof. Dr. Pascal NiklausConsequences of environmental change on plant communities and plant-soil interactionsGlobal Change and Soil Ecology
PD Dr. Reto NyffelerAdaptation and diversification of succulent plantsComparative Evolutionary Biology and Systematics
Prof. Dr. Christoph RingliRegulatory factors controlling cell wall formationMolecular Genetics of Plant Development
Prof. Dr. Anne RoulinGenetic basis of local adaptationMolecular Ecology
Prof. Dr. Michael SchaepmanRemote sensing of the plant pigment systemVegetation-light Interactions, Biodiversity Measurement from Space
Prof. Dr. Gabriela Schaepman-StrubSpatial ecology and remote sensingSpatial Ecology and Remote Sensing
Prof. Dr. Florian P. SchiestlChemical and evolutionary ecology of plant - insect interactionsSystematic Botany
Prof. Dr. Joëlle SchläpferRoot-microbe interactionsMolecular Plant Microbe Interactions
Prof. Dr. Bernhard SchmidOrganization of plant populations and communitiesExperimental Plant Ecology
Prof. Dr. Kentaro ShimizuHow genomic changes promote adaptation and speciation in Arabidopsis relatives and in tropical treesEvolutionary Functional Genomics / Systems Biology
Dr. Rie Shimizu-InatsugiPolyploidization and stress response in plantsEvolutionary Genomics
Dr. Peter SzövényiEvolutionary genomics and ecology of macro- and microevolutionary transitionsEvolutionary Genomics
Prof. Dr. Marcel Van der HeijdenSymbiosis and soil biodiversity as a driver of plant growth and ecosystem functioningPlant Soil Interactions
PD Dr. Caroline WeckerleEthnobotanyEthnobotany
Prof. Dr. Cyril ZipfelReceptor kinase-mediated plant sensingPlant Signaling
Prof. Dr. Tobias ZüstCost and benefit of phytochemical diversity in coevolved systemsChemical Ecology of Plant-herbivore Interactions