Scientific career - Dr. Meret Huber

© WWU - Dr. Meret Huber

Dr. Meret Huber

Plant defense evolution
Institute for Plant Biology and Biotechnology
WWU Münster

Schlossplatz 7
48149 Münster


Zimmer: 211, Schlossplatz 4

Telefon: (+49) (0)251 83 23476



Meret Huber received her master’s degree in Biology from the University of Zürich in 2011. Subsequently, she moved to the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, where she obtained her doctoral degree under the supervision of Prof. Matthias Erb and Prof. Jonathan Gershenzon in 2015. After a short postdoctoral employment, she moved to the University of Münster, where she is leading a junior research group since 2018 with the support of the German Research Foundation, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation and the Alfred and Annelise Sutter Stöttner-foundation. At the beginning of 2023, she will start as a junior professor at the University of Mainz with support of the Emmy Noether-Programme. 

Honours and awards

2019, Walter-Enggist Research Award, Canton Thurgau, Switzerland.

2016, Best Paper in Plant Science Award, Wilhelm Pfeffer Foundation, Germany.

2015, Best talk award, International Max-Planck Research School Symposium, Germany.

Fellowships and third party funding

2023 - 2029 The role of DNA methylation in transgenerational stress resistance in a clonal plant. DFG Emmy Noether Programme.

2023 - Emmy Noether-Programme. The role of DNA methylation in transgenerational stress resistance in a clonal plant.

2020-2022, Learning from past generations – Adaptive transgenerational memories in clonal plants. Volkswagen Foundation, Experiment!

2020-2022, Postdoc mobility fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation.

2019-2022, Activation of plant toxins by herbivorous insects. DFG-Eigene Stelle.

2016-2023, Mutagenic effects of environmental stressors in duckweeds. Alfred und Annelise Sutter-Stöttner Foundation.


Research interests

Plant secondary metabolism, herbivory, plant-herbivore-microbe interactions, transgenerational responses, dandelion, duckweeds, epigenetics