Physiologie und Biotechnologie der pflanzlichen Zelle

M.Sc Vanessa Hüren

Doktorandin Bioenergetik in Photoautotrophen

Telefon: 880 5275


Since 2017                 Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel

                                      PhD student

2015-2017                  Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

                                      Master of Science in Biology

2012-2015                  Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

                                      Bachelor of Science in Biology



Loeschcke A, Dienst D, Wewer V, Hage-Hülsmann J, Dietsch M, Kranz-Finger S, Hüren V, Metzger S, Urlacher VB, Gigolashvili T, Kopriva S, Axmann IM, Drepper T, Jaeger KE (2017). The photosynthetic bacteria Rhodobacter capsulatus and Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 as new hosts for cyclic plant triterpene biosynthesis. PLoS One: Vol. 12:12


Singer, A., Poschmann, G., Mühlich, C., Valadez-Cano, C., Hänsch, S., Hüren, V., Rensing, S.A., Stühler, K., and Nowack, E.C.M. (2017) Massive protein import into the early evolutionary stage photosynthetic organelle of the amoeba Paulinella chromatophora. Curr Biol 27: 2763-2773.

M.Sc Sarah Hildebrandt CV

Doktorandin Bioenergetik in Photoautotrophen



Since 2018

Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel

PhD student


Karlsruher Institut of Technology

Master of Science in Biology


University of Oslo

Erasmus+ scolarship


Karlsruher Institut of Technology

Bachelor of Science in Biology


University of Potsdam

Study Bioscience

Dr. Marko Boehm

Postdoc Bioenergetik in Photoautotrophen



I have always pursuit a vivid interest in plant physiology. This interest has its roots in the appreciation of photosynthesis and its central role for life on our planet. I am particularly fascinated by proteins, protein complexes and the wide range of reactions they are capable of catalyzing.

since 07/2017                Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel

                                          Post Doc

08/2015 - 07/2017        BioConsult SH, Husum

12/2010 - 12/2013        National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, USA

                                          Post Doc

03/2008 - 12/2010        Imperial College London, London, UK

                                          Post Doc

09/2003 - 10/20007     Imperial College London, London, UK

                                          PhD student



Brown, K.A., Wilker, M.B., Boehm, M., Hamby, H., Dukovic, G. and King, P.W. Photocatalytic regeneration of nicotinamide cofactors by quantum dot-enzyme biohybrid complexes. ACS Catal 6 (4), 2201–04 (2016).

Burgess, S., Hussein, T., Yeoman, J., Iamshanova, O., Boehm, M., Bundy, J., Bialek, W., Murray, J. and Nixon, P. Identification of the elusive pyruvate reductase of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Cell Physiol 57 (1), 82-94 (2016).

Yang, W., Wittkopp, T. M., Li, X., Warakanont, J., Dubini, A., Catalanotti, C., Kim, R. G., Nowack, E. C. M., Mackinder, L., Aksoy, M., Page, M. D., D'Adamo, S., Saroussi, S., Heinnickel, M., Johnson, X., Richaud, P., Alric, J., Boehm, M., Jonikas, M. C., Benning, C., Merchant, S. S., Posewitz, M. C. and Grossman, A. R. Critical Role of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Ferredoxin-5 in Maintaining Membrane Structure and Dark Metabolism. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112 (48) 14978-83 (2015).

Boehm, M., Alahuhta, M., Long, H., Peden, E.A., Mulder, D.W., Brunecky, R., Lunin, V.V., King, P.W., Ghirardi, M.L. and Dubini, A. Crystal structure and biochemical characterization of Chlamydomonas FDX2 reveal two residues that, when mutated, partially confer FDX2 the redox potential and catalytic properties of FDX1. Photosynth Res, 128, 45-57 (2015).

Burroughs, N.J., Boehm, M., Eckert, C., Mastroianni, G., Spence, E.M., Yu, J., Nixon, P.J., Appel, J., Mullineaux, C.W. and Bryan, S.J. Solar powered biohydrogen production requires specific localization of the hydrogenase. Energy Environ Sci, 7 3791-800 (2014).

Krynicka, V., Tichy, M., Krafl, J., Yu, J., Kana, R., Boehm, M., Nixon, P.J. and Komenda, J. Two essential FtsH proteases control the level of the Fur repressor during iron deficiency in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Mol Microbiol 94 (3), 609-24 (2014).

Michoux, F., Boehm, M., Bialek, W., Takasaka, K., Maghlaoui, K., Barber, J., Murray, J.W. and Nixon, P.J. Crystal structure of CyanoQ from the thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus and detection in isolated photosystem II complexes. Photosynth Res, 122 (1), 57-67 (2014).

Peden, E.A., Boehm, M., Mulder, D.W., Davis, R., Old, W.M., King, P.W., Ghirardi, M.L. and Dubini, A. Identification of global ferredoxin interaction networks in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. J Biol Chem 288 (49), 35192-209 (2013).

Eckert, C., Boehm, M., Carrieri, D., Yu, J., Dubini, A., Nixon, P.J. and Maness, P.C. Genetic analysis of the Hox hydrogenase in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 reveals subunit roles in association, assembly, maturation, and function. J Biol Chem 287 (52), 43502-15 (2012).

Boehm, M., Yu, J., Reisinger, V., Beckova, M., Eichacker, L. A., Schlodder, E., Komenda, J. and Nixon, P.J. Subunit composition of CP43-less Photosystem II complexes of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803: implications for the assembly and repair of Photosystem II. Phil Trans R Soc B, 367, 3444–54 (2012).

Boehm, M., Yu, J., Krynicka, V., Barker, M., Tichy, M., Komenda, J., Nixon, P.J. and Nield, J. Subunit organisation of a Synechocystis hetero-oligomeric thylakoid FtsH complex involved in Photosystem II repair. Plant Cell, 24 (9), 3669-83 (2012).

Brown, K., Wilker, M., Boehm, M., Dukovic, G. and King, P. Characterization of photochemical processes for H2 production by CdS nanorod-[FeFe] hydrogenase complexes. J Am Chem Soc, 134 (12), 5627-36 (2012).

Komenda, J., Knoppová, J., Kopecná, J., Sobotka, R., Halada, P., Yu, J., Nickelsen, J., Boehm, M. and Nixon P.J. The Psb27 assembly factor binds to the CP43 complex of Photosystem II in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Plant Physiol, 158, 476-86 (2012).

Michoux, F., Takasaka, K., Boehm, M., Komenda, J., Nixon, P.J. and Murray J.W. Crystal structure of the Psb27 assembly factor at 1.6 Å: implications for binding to Photosystem II. Photosynth Res, 110 (3), 169-75 (2011).

Boehm, M., Romero, E., Reisinger, V., Yu, J., Komenda, J., Eichacker, L.A., Dekker, J.P. and Nixon, P.J. Investigating the early stages of Photosystem II assembly in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803: Isolation of CP43 and CP47 complexes. JBC, 286 (17), 14812-9 (2011).

Kargul, J., Boehm, M., Morgner, N., Robinson, C.V., Nixon, P.J. and Barber, J. Compositional and structural analyses of the photosystem II from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Proceedings 15th International Congress on Photosynthesis. Beijing, China (2010).

Michoux, F., Takasaka, K., Boehm, M., Nixon, P.J., Murray, J.W. The Structure of CyanoP at 2.8 Å: implications for the evolution and function of the PsbP subunit of Photosystem II. Biochem, 49 (35), 7411-3 (2010).

Nixon, P.J., Michoux, F., Yu, J., Boehm, M., Komenda, J. Recent advances in understanding the assembly and repair of Photosystem II. Ann Bot, 106 (1), 1-16 (2010).

Boehm, M., Nield, J., Zhang, P., Aro, E.-M., Komenda, J., Nixon, P.J. Structural and mutational analysis of Band 7 proteins in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. J Bac, 191 (20), 6425-35 (2009).

Nixon, P.J., Nield, J. Structural analysis of an FtsH2/FtsH3 complex isolated from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Proceedings 14th International Congress on Photosynthesis. Glasgow, UK (2007).

Nixon, P.J., Barker, M., Boehm, M., de Vries, R., and Komenda, J. FtsH-mediated repair of the photosystem II complex in response to light stress. J Exp Bot 56, 357-63 (2005).