Prof. Dr. Burkhard Becker
University of Cologne
Zülpicher Straße 47b
+49 (0) 221 - 470 - 7022 (Office)
+49 (0) 221 - 470 - 3795 (Laboratory)
I started my research career in algal cell biology. I was fascinated by the production of algal scales in the Golgi complex of scaly green flagellates. I have worked for several years on the mechanism of intra-Golgi transport and the secretory pathway of scaly green flagellates.
Through these studies, the cisternal maturation model of intra-Golgi transport was revived (Becker et al. 1995). However, over the years I have become more and more interested in the cell biological, physiological and ecological aspects of the evolution of the embryophyte plant cell from a freshwater green flagellate (Marin and Becker 2009, Wodniok et al. 2011, Becker 2013). These interests have led to my current major research topics: Osmoregulation and desiccation tolerance in green algae. As molecular tools and genetics are cornerstones of modern experimental biology, molecular genetics of green algae has also become more and more important for my research.
Short Curriculum Vitae
|1991||Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.), University of Cologne, Germany|
|1991 - 1997||Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Cologne, Germany|
|1997 - 1998||Guest Professor, McGill University, Canada|
|1998 - 2001||Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Cologne, Germany|
|2001||Habilitation (Botany), University of Cologne, Germany|
|2001 - 2014||Senor Faculty, University of Cologne, Germany|
|Since 2014||Adjunct Professor of Botany, University of Cologne, Germany|