Alfred Batschauer

Alfred Batschauer

Prof. Dr. Alfred Batschauer

University of Marburg
Department of Biology
Molecular Plant Physiology and Photobiology
Karl-von-Frisch-Straße 8
+49-6421-28 27064 Marburg

Research Area

The Batschauer lab studies molecular aspects of photoreceptors and light signaling in plants and fungi. Main interests are cryptochrome photoreceptors and related DNA-repair enzymes (DNA-photolyases) with particular emphasis on their structure, function and signal transduction. Model systems under investigation are the plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the biotrophic fungus Ustilago maydis as well as other fungi such as Mucor circinelloides.


protein biochemistry
structural biology
light signaling
plant and microbial genetics

Recent Publications

1. Kiontke S, Göbel T, Brych A, Batschauer A (2020) DASH-type cryptochromes – solved and open questions. Biol Chem 401: 1487-1493.

2. Navarro E, Niemann N, Kock D, Dadaeva T, Gutiérrez G, Engelsdorf T, Kiontke S, Corrochano LM, Batschauer A, Garre V (2020) The DASH-type cryptochrome from the fungus Mucor circinelloides is a canonical CPD-photolyase. Current Biol 30: 4483-4490.

3. Emmerich HJ, Saft M, Schneider L, Kock D, Batschauer A, Essen LO (2020) A topologically distinct class of photolyase specific for UV lesions within single-stranded DNA. Nucleic Acids Res.

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