Dr. Anton Schäffner

Curriculum vitae

Education and Personal Career:

since 1997: Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology
Afffiliated to the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmacy, Ludwig Maximilian Universität (LMU)

1996: Habilitation and venia legendi in Biochemistry

1990-1997: Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biochemistry, Gene Center, LMU München

1988-1997: Postdoctoral fellow with Jen Sheen, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA

1988: Doctorate in Biochemistry (Dr. rer.nat., summa cum laude), LMU München, Germany

1984-1988: Doctoral thesis in the lab of Guido Hartmann

Selected Publications: (correspondence)

Georgii, E., Jin, M., Zhao, J., Kanawati, B., Schmitt-Kopplin, P., Albert, A., Winkler, J.B., Schäffner, A.R.: Relationships between drought, heat and air humidity responses revealed by transcriptome-metabolome co-analysis. BMC Plant Biol. 17, 120 (2017)


Das, M., Haberer, G., Laha, S.D., Ghosh, T.C., Schäffner, A.R.: (2016) Expression pattern similarities support the prediction of orthologs retaining common functions after gene duplication events. Plant Physiol. 171, 2343-2357 (2016)


Yin, R., Han, K., Heller, W., Albert, A., Dobrev, P.I., Zažímalová, E., Schäffner, A.R. Kaempferol 3-O-rhamnoside-7-O-rhamnoside is an endogenous flavonol inhibitor of polar auxin transport in Arabidopsis shoots. New Phytol. 201, 466-475 (2014)

Dräxl, S., Müller, J., Li, W.B., Michalke, B., Scherb, H., Hense, B.A., Tschiersch, J., Kanter, U., Schäffner, A.R.  Caesium accumulation in yeast and plants is selectively repressed by loss of the SNARE Sec22p/SEC22. Nat. Comm. 4, 2092 (2013)

Prado, K., Boursiac, Y., Tournaire-Roux, C, Monneuse, J-M., Postaire, O., Da Ines, O., Schäffner, AR., Hem, S., Santoni, V., Maurel, C.: Regulation of Arabidopsis leaf hydraulics involves light-dependent phosphorylation of aquaporins in veins. Plant Cell 25, 1029-1039 (2013)

Péret, B. , Li, G., Zhao, J. , Band, L.R. , Voß, U. , Postaire, O. , Luu, D.T. , Da Ines, O. , Casimiro, I. , Lucas, M. , Wells, D.M. , Lazzerini, L. , Nacry, P. , King, J.R. , Jensen, O.E. , Schäffner, A.R. , Maurel, C., Bennett, M.J.: Auxin regulates aquaporin function to facilitate lateral root emergence. Nat. Cell Biol. 14, 991-998 (2012)

von Saint Paul, V., Zhang, W., Kanawati, B., Geist, B., Faus-Keßler, T., Schmitt-Kopplin. P., Schäffner, A.R. The Arabidopsis glucosyltransferase UGT76B1 conjugates isoleucic acid and modulates plant defense and senescence. Plant Cell 23, 4124-4145 (2011)

Da Ines, O., Graf, W., Franck, K.I., Albert, A., Winkler, J.B., Scherb, H., Stichler, W., Schäffner, A.R.: Kinetic analyses of plant water relocation using deuterium as tracer – reduced water flux of Arabidopsis pip2 aquaporin knockout mutants. Plant Biol. 12, 129-139 (2010)

Postaire, O.,  Tournaire-Roux, C., Grondin, A., Boursiac, Y., Morillon, R., Schäffner, A.R., Maurel, C.: A PIP1 aquaporin contributes to hydrostatic pressure-induced water transport in both the root and rosette of Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 152,  1418–1430 (2010)

Buschmann, H., Hauptmann, M., Niessing, D., Lloyd, C.W., Schäffner, A.R.: Helical growth of Arabidopsis mutant tortifolia2 does not depend on cell division patterns but involves handed twisting of isolated cells. Plant Cell 21, 2090–2106 (2009)

Kammerloher, W., Fischer, U., Piechottka, G.P., Schäffner, A.R.  Water channels in the plant plasma membrane cloned by immunoselection from a mammalian expression system. Plant J. 6, 187-199 (1994)