Prof. Dr. Günter Theißen

Phone: +49 3641 9-49550 Email: Website:


Current Projects

Assessing DNA-binding specificity of MADS-domain transcription factors

How do phytoplasmas generate ‘zombie plants’?

Former Projects

Interactions and regulatory networking of MADS-domain Transcription factors in model plants (Arabidopsis thaliana)

Reconstructing the interaction network of reproductive homeotic proteins in a gymnosperm


Jetha K, Theißen G, Melzer R (2014) Arabidopsis SEPALLATA proteins differ in cooperative DNA-binding during the formation of floral quartet-like complexes. Nucleic Acids Res 42(17), 10927-10942. Details PubMed

Wang YQ, Melzer R, Theissen G (2011) A double-flowered variety of lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor fl. pl.) that has persisted in the wild for more than 160 years. Ann Bot 107(9), 1445-1452. Details PubMed

Melzer R, Wang YQ, Theissen G (2010) The naked and the dead: the ABCs of gymnosperm reproduction and the origin of the angiosperm flower. Semin Cell Dev Biol 21(1), 118-128. Details PubMed

Wang YQ, Melzer R, Theissen G (2010) Molecular interactions of orthologues of floral homeotic proteins from the gymnosperm Gnetum gnemon provide a clue to the evolutionary origin of 'floral quartets'. Plant J 64(2), 177-190. Details PubMed

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