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Professor Uta Paszkowski

Professor Uta Paszkowski

Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics
Cereal symbioses

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Uta Paszkowski is Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics at the Department of Plant Sciences of the University of Cambridge and leads the Cereal Symbiosis Group at the Crop Science Centre. She did her undergraduate studies at the University Cologne (Germany) gaining a Master (Diplom) degree in phytopathology at the Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding. Uta received her PhD in Biotechnology at the ETH-Zurich (Switzerland) and conducted two postdocs on molecular genetics of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis at the University Basel (Switzerland) and the Torrey Mesa Research Institute in San Diego (USA). She started her own research group at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), followed by an Assistant Professorship position at the University Lausanne (Switzerland) before moving to Cambridge University in October 2012 where she now is a full professor. Her research investigates molecular mechanisms underlying formation and functioning of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses in rice and maize with a particular focus on plant-fungal communication.


A highly contiguous genome assembly reveals sources of genomic novelty in the symbiotic fungus Rhizophagus irregularis.

Manley BF, Lotharukpong JS, Barrera-Redondo J, Llewellyn T, Yildirir G, Sperschneider J, Corradi N, Paszkowski U, Miska EA, Dallaire A.G3 (Bethesda). 2023 Jun 1;13(6):jkad077. doi: 10.1093/g3journal/jkad077.

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi induce lateral root development in angiosperms via a conserved set of MAMP receptors.

Chiu CH, Roszak P, Orvošová M, Paszkowski U. Curr Biol. 2022 Oct 24;32(20):4428-4437.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.08.069. Epub 2022 Sep 16.

Conditioning plants for arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis through DWARF14-LIKE signalling.

Hull R, Choi J, Paszkowski U.Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2021 Jun 26;62:102071. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2021.102071. Online ahead of print.PMID: 34186295 Free article. Review.

A mycorrhiza-associated receptor-like kinase with an ancient origin in the green lineage.

Montero H, Lee T, Pucker B, Ferreras-Garrucho G, Oldroyd G, Brockington SF, Miyao A, Paszkowski U.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Jun 22;118(25):e2105281118. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2105281118.PMID: 34161289 Free PMC article.

How membrane receptors tread the fine balance between symbiosis and immunity signaling.

Chiu CH, Paszkowski U.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Jun 15;118(24):e2106567118. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2106567118.PMID: 34083375 Free PMC article. No abstract available.

The genetic architecture of host response reveals the importance of arbuscular mycorrhizae to maize cultivation.

Ramírez-Flores MR, Perez-Limon S, Li M, Barrales-Gamez B, Albinsky D, Paszkowski U, Olalde-Portugal V, Sawers RJ.Elife. 2020 Nov 19;9:e61701. doi: 10.7554/eLife.61701.PMID: 33211006 Free PMC article.

The negative regulator SMAX1 controls mycorrhizal symbiosis and strigolactone biosynthesis in rice.

Choi J, Lee T, Cho J, Servante EK, Pucker B, Summers W, Bowden S, Rahimi M, An K, An G, Bouwmeester HJ, Wallington EJ, Oldroyd G, Paszkowski U.Nat Commun. 2020 Apr 30;11(1):2114. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-16021-1.PMID: 32355217 Free PMC article.

Receptor-Like Kinases Sustain Symbiotic Scrutiny.

Chiu CH, Paszkowski U.Plant Physiol. 2020 Apr;182(4):1597-1612. doi: 10.1104/pp.19.01341. Epub 2020 Feb 13.PMID: 32054781 Free PMC article. Review.

Erratum: Mechanisms and Impact of Symbiotic Phosphate Acquisition.

Chiu CH, Paszkowski U.Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2019 Jun 3;11(6):a038281. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a038281.PMID: 31160352 Free PMC article. No abstract available.

Mechanisms and Impact of Symbiotic Phosphate Acquisition.

Chiu CH, Paszkowski U.Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2019 Jun 3;11(6):a034603. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a034603.PMID: 30910773 Free PMC article. Review.

Arbuscular cell invasion coincides with extracellular vesicles and membrane tubules.

Roth R, Hillmer S, Funaya C, Chiapello M, Schumacher K, Lo Presti L, Kahmann R, Paszkowski U.Nat Plants. 2019 Feb;5(2):204-211. doi: 10.1038/s41477-019-0365-4. Epub 2019 Feb 8.PMID: 30737514

A rice Serine/Threonine receptor-like kinase regulates arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis at the peri-arbuscular membrane.

Roth R, Chiapello M, Montero H, Gehrig P, Grossmann J, O'Holleran K, Hartken D, Walters F, Yang SY, Hillmer S, Schumacher K, Bowden S, Craze M, Wallington EJ, Miyao A, Sawers R, Martinoia E, Paszkowski U.Nat Commun. 2018 Nov 8;9(1):4677. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06865-z.PMID: 30410018 Free PMC article.