Nicolaus von Wirén

Head of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, IPK Gatersleben


Since 2009 Prof. Dr. Nicolaus von Wirén is heading the Department “Physiology and Cell Biology” at the Leibniz-Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Gatersleben, Germany. After studying agro-biology, he obtained his PhD at Hohenheim University, was trained in molecular biology at the Universities of Tokyo and Tübingen and in biochemistry at INRA Montpellier and King’s College in London before he took over the chair for Plant Nutrition at Hohenheim University, Stuttgart, in 2001. He is the former president of the German Society of Plant Nutrition and serves as scientific advisor at different institutions. In 2009 he moved to the Leibniz Institute allowing him to merge research on plant nutrition with plant genetics. His research topics cover mechanisms of nutrient sensing by roots, nutrient efficiency as well as the impact of nutrients on root development and yield formation.