Katja Froehlich

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow


Building 2, Area 6 (3288-WS13)

Research Interests

I am interested in the interaction between beneficial microbes and their host plants. How do desert microbes confer increased tolerance to abiotic and biotic stress in plants an how can we implement these findings in agriculture?

Selected Publications

Pruitt, Rory N., et al. "The EDS1–PAD4–ADR1 node mediates Arabidopsis pattern-triggered immunity." Nature (2021): 1-5.
Haller, Eva, et al. "ABA-dependent salt stress tolerance attenuates Botrytis immunity in Arabidopsis." Frontiers in plant science 11 (2020).
Wan, Wei-Lin, et al. "Plant cell surface immune receptor complex signaling." Current opinion in plant biology 50 (2019): 18-28.
Ranf, Stefanie, et al. "Microbe-associated molecular pattern-induced calcium signaling requires the receptor-like cytoplasmic kinases, PBL1 and BIK1." BMC plant biology 14.1 (2014): 1-15.


Doctor rer. nat., plant immunity, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Nürnberger, Department of Plant Biochemistry, ZMBP, University Tübingen, Germany, September 2020

Master of Science, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg,  December 2014

Bachelor of Science, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg,  October 2012

Professional Profile

2015-2020 PhD in the goup of Prof. Dr. Thorsten Nürnberger at ZMBP at University Tübingen in Tübingen,

2014 Master's thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. Kornelia Smalla at Julius Kuehn-Institut  in Braunschweig ,

2012 Bachelor's thesis  in the group of Prof. Dr. Scheel at Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry in Halle

KAUST Affiliations

Group of Prof. Dr. Heribert Hirt

CDA- Center for desert agriculture

BESE-Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Plant-microbe interactions plant stress tolerance plant microbiome