Anna Siodmak

PhD Students

Ph.D. Student



Research Interests

Biochemist interest in the plant defense mechanisms towards pathogens. Currently working on the signaling pathway of MAPKs. The project focus is the characterization of the effect of MAPKs on the translation machinery and its role in ROS induced signaling. 

Selected Publications

  • A chimeric IDD4 repressor constitutively induces immunity in Arabidopsis via the modulation of salicylic-and jasmonic acid homeostasis. Volz R, Kim S-K, Mi J, Mariappan KG, Siodmak A, Al-Babili S, Hirt H. Plant Cell Physiol, (2019) 


  • Ph. D., Bioscience, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2017-present
  • M.Sc., Horticultural Science, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany, 2015-2017
  • B.Sc., Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany, 2011-2014

Professional Profile

  • 2015-2016: Research assistant, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany 

KAUST Affiliations

Prof. Heribert Hirt's Group

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Plant Science, Plant-Pathogen Interaction, Reactive Oxygen Signaling, MAPK signaling, Translation, Ribosomes