Mike Karampelias

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow



Research Interests

Mike’s main research subject is the beneficial interactions of bacteria with plants to tolerate stress by harsh environmental conditions such as drought and salinity. Using in vitro symbiotic assays with bacteria from the deserts of Arabic peninsula and the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, as well as wheat and tomato, he seeks to decipher the imposed molecular and cellular mechanisms leading to stress tolerance. He focuses on the homeostasis of the hormone auxin, which can play a role for the alleviation of stress effects. 

Selected Publications

  • Doyle SM, Rigal A, Grones P, Karady M, Barange DK, Majda M, Pařízková B, Karampelias M, Zwiewka M, Pěnčík A, Almqvist F, Ljung K, Novák O, Robert S. “A role for the auxin precursor anthranilic acid in root gravitropism via regulation of PIN-FORMED protein polarity and relocalisation in Arabidopsis”, New Phytologist 2019 Aug;223(3):1420-1432. doi: 10.1111/nph.15877
  • Karampelias M., Tejos, R, Friml, J, Vanneste S, “Optimized Whole-Mount In Situ Immunolocalization for Arabidopsis thaliana Root Meristems and Lateral Root Primordia.”, METHODS MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 2018;1761:131-143. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-7747-5_10
  • Karampelias M, Neyt P, De Groeve S, Aesaert S, Coussens G, Rolčík J, Bruno L, De Winne N, Van Minnebruggena A, Van Montagu M, Rosa Ponce M, Micol JL, Friml F, De Jaeger G, Van Lijsebettens M. (2016) “ROTUNDA3 function in plant development by phosphatase 2A-mediated regulation of auxin transporter recycling”, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE USA 13 (10), 2768-2773; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1501343112
  • Naramoto S., Otegui M, Kutsuna N, De Rycke R, Dainobu T, Karampelias M, Fujimoto M, Feraru E, Daisuke M, Nakano A, Friml J. (2014) “Insights into the localization and function of GNOM ARF-GEF at the Golgi apparatus in Arabidopsis thaliana”, PLANT CELL 26 (7), 3062-3076; doi: 10.1105/tpc.114.125880
  • Zhu Q, Dugardeyn J, Zhang C, Mühlenbock P, Eastmond PJ, Valcke R, De Coninck B, Oden S, Karampelias M, Cammue BP, Prinsen E, Van Der Straeten D. (2013) “The Arabidopsis thaliana RNA Editing Factor SLO2, which Affects the Mitochondrial Electron Transport Chain, Participates in Multiple Stress and Hormone Responses”, MOLECULAR PLANT 7 (2), 290-310; doi: 10.1093/mp/sst102
  • Yu H, Karampelias M, Robert S, Ann Peer W, Swarup R, Ye S, Ge L, Cohen J, Murphy A, Friml J, Estelle M. (2013) “ROOT ULTRAVIOLET B-SENSITIVE1/WEAK AUXIN RESPONSE3 is essential for polar auxin transport in Arabidopsis”, PLANT PHYSIOLOGY 162 (2), 965-976; doi: 10.1104/pp.113.217018


  • PhD in Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 

Professional Profile

  • January 2019: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 

KAUST Affiliations

Prof. Heribert Hirt's Group

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Plant Microbiology, Plant abiotic stress, Drought, Salinity, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Plant Immunity, Auxin homeostasis, Glucosinolates, Confocal microscopy, Arabidopsis, Wheat, Tomato