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Dr. Wolfram Brenner

Research Fellow

Allgemeine und angewandte Botanik
Johannisallee 21, Room 110
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97 - 36888
Fax: +49 341 97 - 36899


Since June 2019 I am a scientific assistant at the department of general and appiled botany of Univrtität Leipzig. My responsibility there is to organize and hold the practical course of the module General Botany. Before, I was a long-term scientific fellow at the department of molecular and developmental biology of plants of Freie Universität Berlin. In between, I had short-term engagements at the Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics, at Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic), and Hochschule Geisenheim University. My first postdoctoral position was at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Genetics in Berlin. I received my doctoral degree from the University of Göttingen where I had also studied biology.

My research in centered around plant developmental biology with a focus on the plant hormone cytokinin. Additionally, I am interested in the molecular mechanisms controlling flowering time.

Professional career

  • 06/1998 - 12/2002
    PhD student at the Department of Plant Molecular Biology and Physiology, Albrecht-von-Haller Institute of Plant Sciences, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 10/2002 - 10/2005
    Postdoc in the EU project CAGE – Compendium of Arabidopsis Gene Expression at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Genetics, Berlin
  • 11/2005 - 06/2017
    Postdoc at the Department of Molecular and Developmental Biology of Plants, Institute of Biology - Applied Genetics, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 09/2017 - 05/2018
    Advanced training in applied bioinformatics and biostatistics, CQ Beratung+Bildung GmbH, Berlin
  • 03/2018 - 05/2018
    Internship as a bioinformatician at the Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Großhansdorf (as part of the aforementioned advanced training)
  • 09/2018
    Postdoc at the Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research of Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 11/2018 - 12/2019
    Postdoc in the project CrispyApple, establishing CRISPR/Cas9 technology in Malus domesticy, Hochschule Geisenheim University
  • since 06/2019
    Scientific Assistant, leader of the practical course in general botany, Universität Leipig


  • 08/0991 - 06/1993
    Vocational training to become a nationally certified biological-technical assistant at Chemieschule (Chemistry School) Münden, Hann. Münden
  • 10/1993 - 06/1998
    Studies in biology with a focus on plant sciences at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

The plant hormone cytokinin has a multitide of different effects on growth, development and the response to stress throughout the entire life cycle of a plant. We attempt to decipher and characterize the signal transduction events within plants and cells that lead to the different hormonal effects.

Furthermore, we are interestes in the molecular mechanisms that control flowering time.

We investigate these research questions using Arabitopsis thaliana as a model organism. We employ molecular and genetic tools, transgene technologies, and mutants.

I am responsible for the organization, realization and teaching of the practical course of the module General Botany.

The teaching subjects of this course are the basics of plant anatomy.

As methods, we are training the handling of microscopes, how to make microscopic preparations with simple tools, and the usage of staining techniques.

Not least, we are training prospective biologists the key qualifications of close observation and exact logging and recording by drawing microscopic objects, labeling self-made microphotographs, and through written answers to subject-related questions.

  • Practical course in general botany

    Microscopy course for beginners of biology (bachelor and teacher), biochemistry, and geology.