Academics at the Department of Biology

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang
Professor, Plant Physiology, Institute for Plant Biology and Biotechnology, 2015 - present
Research Group Leader, Plant Proteomics, Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, 2013-2015
Habilitation in Botany, LMU Munich, 2014
Emmy Noether Research Group Leader, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, 2010-2013
Junior Research Fellow for Biology, Christ Church College, University of Oxford, 2007 – 2011
Feodor-Lynen Research Fellow, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, 2006 – 2009
Postdoctoral Researcher, Bielefeld University, 2005
PhD in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Bielefeld University, 2005
Diploma (equ. to MSc) in Biology, Bielefeld University, 2001

- Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
- Plant Proteomics

- Mitochondria and Chloroplasts
- Adaptation to abiotic stress
- Metabolite and energy signalling
- Post-translational modifications
- Metabolic pathways
- Plant proteomics

Ausgewählte Projekte
- Exploring the role of lysine acetylation in the regulation of plant metabolism
- Retrograde regulation of plant organellar functions


  • Zhou H., Finkemeier I., Guan W., Tossounian M., Wei B., Young D., Huang J., Messens J., Yang X., Zhu J., Wilson M., Shen W., Xie Y., Foyer C. . ‘Oxidative stress-triggered interactions between the succinyl- and acetyl-proteomes of rice leaves.’ Plant Cell and Environment 2018, No. null. doi: 10.1111/pce.13100. [In Press]
  • Finkemeier I, Schwarzländer M. . ‘Mitochondrial regulation in the photosynthetic cell: principles and concepts.’ In Annual Plant Reviews: Plant Mitochondria, edited by Logan DC, 185-226. 2nd Ed. Wiley.
  • Hosp F., Lassowskat I., Santoro V., De Vleesschauwer D., Fliegner D., Redestig H., Mann M., Christian S., Hannah M., Finkemeier I. . ‘Lysine acetylation in mitochondria: From inventory to function.’ Mitochondrion 33, No. null: 58-71. doi: 10.1016/j.mito.2016.07.012.
  • Hartl M., Füßl M., Boersema P., Jost J., Kramer K., Bakirbas A., Sindlinger J., Plöchinger M., Leister D., Uhrig G., Moorhead G., Cox J., Salvucci M., Schwarzer D., Mann M., Finkemeier I. . ‘Lysine acetylome profiling uncovers novel histone deacetylase substrate proteins in Arabidopsis.’ Molecular Systems Biology 13, No. 10. doi: 10.15252/msb.20177819.
  • Finkemeier I. . ‘Identification of the missing mitochondrial methyltransferase of citrate synthase.’ FEBS Letters 591, No. 12: 1653-1656. doi: 10.1002/1873-3468.12692.
  • Née G., Kramer K., Nakabayashi K., Yuan B., Xiang Y., Miatton E., Finkemeier I., Soppe W. . ‘DELAY of GERMINATION1 requires PP2C phosphatases of the ABA signalling pathway to control seed dormancy /631/449/2679/2683 /631/449/2653 article.’ Nature Communications 8, No. 1. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-00113-6.
  • Lassowskat I., Hartl M., Hosp F., Boersema P., Mann M., Finkemeier I. . ‘Dimethyl-labeling-based quantification of the lysine acetylome and proteome of plants.’ In Photorespiration, Methods in Molecular Biology, edited by Fernie A., Bauwe H., Weber A., 65-81. Humana Press Inc. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-7225-8_5.
  • Ruhe J., Agler M., Placzek A., Kramer K., Finkemeier I., Kemen E. . ‘Obligate biotroph pathogens of the genus albugo are better adapted to active host defense compared to niche competitors.’ Frontiers in Plant Science 7, No. null. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00820.
  • Dose A., Sindlinger J., Bierlmeier J., Bakirbas A., Schulze-Osthoff K., Einsele-Scholz S., Hartl M., Essmann F., Finkemeier I., Schwarzer D. . ‘Interrogating substrate selectivity and composition of endogenous histone deacetylase complexes with chemical probes.’ Angewandte Chemie - International Edition 55, No. 3: 1192-1195. doi: 10.1002/anie.201508174.
  • Sindlinger J., Bierlmeier J., Geiger L., Kramer K., Finkemeier I., Schwarzer D. . ‘Probing the structure-activity relationship of endogenous histone deacetylase complexes with immobilized peptide-inhibitors.’ Journal of Peptide Science 22, No. 5: 352-359. doi: 10.1002/psc.2875.
  • Rösler S., Kramer K., Finkemeier I., Humpf H., Tudzynski B. . ‘The SAGA complex in the rice pathogen Fusarium fujikuroi: structure and functional characterization.’ Molecular Microbiology 102, No. 6: 951-974. doi: 10.1111/mmi.13528.
  • Xiang Y., Song B., Née G., Kramer K., Finkemeier I., Soppe W. . ‘Sequence polymorphisms at the REDUCED DORMANCY5 pseudophosphatase underlie natural variation in Arabidopsis dormancy.’ Plant Physiology 171, No. 4: 2659-2670. doi: 10.1104/pp.16.00525.
  • Hartl M., König A., Finkemeier I. . ‘Identification of lysine-acetylated mitochondrial proteins and their acetylation sites.’ In Plant Mitochondria, edited by James Whelan, Monika W. Murcha, 107-121. Humana Press Inc. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2639-8_7.
  • Hartl M., König A., Finkemeier I. . ‘Identification of lysine-acetylated mitochondrial proteins and their acetylation sites.’ In Plant Mitochondria: Methods and Protocols, edited by Humana MiMB, 107-121. Springer New York. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2639-8_7.
  • Wagner S., Behera S., De Bortoli S., Logan D., Fuchs P., Carraretto L., Teardo E., Cendron L., Nietzel T., Füßl M., Doccula F., Navazio L., Fricker M., Van Aken O., Finkemeier I., Meyer A., Szabò I., Costa A., Schwarzländer M. . ‘The EF-hand Ca2+ binding protein MICU choreographs mitochondrial Ca2+ dynamics in arabidopsis.’ Plant Cell 27, No. 11: 3190-3212. doi: 10.1105/tpc.15.00509.
  • Schlicke H., Hartwig A., Firtzlaff V., Richter A., Glässer C., Maier K., Finkemeier I., Grimm B. . ‘Induced deactivation of genes encoding chlorophyll biosynthesis enzymes disentangles tetrapyrrole-mediated retrograde signaling.’ Molecular Plant 7, No. 7: 1211-1227. doi: 10.1093/mp/ssu034.
  • König A., Hartl M., Pham P., Laxa M., Boersema P., Orwat A., Kalitventseva I., Plöchinger M., Braun H., Leister D., Mann M., Wachter A., Fernie A., Finkemeier I. . ‘The Arabidopsis class II sirtuin is a lysine deacetylase and interacts with mitochondrial energy metabolism.’ Plant Physiology 164, No. 3: 1401-1414. doi: 10.1104/pp.113.232496.
  • El Zawily A., Schwarzländer M., Finkemeier I., Johnston I., Benamar A., Cao Y., Gissot C., Meyer A., Wilson K., Datla R., Macherel D., Jones N., Logan D. . ‘FRIENDLY regulates mitochondrial distribution, fusion, and quality control in Arabidopsis.’ Plant Physiology 166, No. 2: 808-828. doi: 10.1104/pp.114.243824.
  • Braun H., Binder S., Brennicke A., Eubel H., Fernie A., Finkemeier I., Klodmann J., König A., Kühn K., Meyer E., Obata T., Schwarzländer M., Takenaka M., Zehrmann A. . ‘The life of plant mitochondrial complex I.’ Mitochondrion 19, No. null: 295-313. doi: 10.1016/j.mito.2014.02.006.
  • Gläßer C., Haberer G., Finkemeier I., Pfannschmidt T., Kleine T., Leister D., Dietz K., Häusler R., Grimm B., Mayer K. . ‘Meta-analysis of retrograde signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana reveals a core module of genes embedded in complex cellular signaling networks.’ Molecular Plant 7, No. 7: 1167-1190. doi: 10.1093/mp/ssu042.
  • König A., Hartl M., Boersema P., Mann M., Finkemeier I. . ‘The mitochondrial lysine acetylome of Arabidopsis.’ Mitochondrion 19, No. null: 252-260. doi: 10.1016/j.mito.2014.03.004.
  • Schmidtmann E., König A., Orwat A., Leister D., Hartl M., Finkemeier I. . ‘Redox regulation of Arabidopsis mitochondrial citrate synthase.Molecular plant 7, No. 1: 156-169.
  • Finkemeier I., Schwarzer D. . „Protein modification. Lysine acetylation: A well-known protein modification in new light.“ BioSpektrum 19, No. 7: 810-812. doi: 10.1007/s12268-013-0392-z.
  • Finkemeier I., König A., Heard W., Nunes-Nesi A., Pham P., Leister D., Fernie A., Sweetlove L. . ‘Transcriptomic analysis of the role of carboxylic acids in metabolite signaling in arabidopsis leaves.’ Plant Physiology 162, No. 1: 239-253. doi: 10.1104/pp.113.214114.
  • Schwarzländer M., Finkemeier I. . ‘Mitochondrial energy and redox signaling in plants.’ Antioxidants and Redox Signaling 18, No. 16: 2122-2144. doi: 10.1089/ars.2012.5104.
  • Hartl M., Finkemeier I. . ‘Plant mitochondrial retrograde signaling: Post-translational modifications enter the stage.’ Frontiers in Plant Science 3, No. null. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2012.00253.
  • Schwarzländer M., König A., Sweetlove L., Finkemeier I. . ‘The impact of impaired mitochondrial function on retrograde signalling: A meta-analysis of transcriptomic responses.’ Journal of Experimental Botany 63, No. 4: 1735-1750. doi: 10.1093/jxb/err374.
  • Finkemeier I., Laxa M., Miguet L., Howden A., Sweetlove L. . ‘Proteins of diverse function and subcellular location are lysine acetylated in Arabidopsis.’ Plant Physiology 155, No. 4: 1779-1790. doi: 10.1104/pp.110.171595.
  • Finkemeier I, Dario L. . ‘Plant Chloroplasts and Other Plastids.’ eLS na.
  • Finkemeier I, Sweetlove LJ. . ‘The role of malate in plant homeostasis.’ F1000 Biology Reports I, No. 47.
  • Morgan M., Lehmann M., Schwarzländer M., Baxter C., Sienkiewicz-Porzucek A., Williams T., Schauer N., Fernie A., Fricker M., Ratcliffe R., Sweetlove L., Finkemeier I. . ‘Decrease in manganese superoxide dismutase leads to reduced root growth and affects tricarboxylic acid cycle flux and mitochondrial redox homeostasis.’ Plant Physiology 147, No. 1: 101-114. doi: 10.1104/pp.107.113613.
  • Barranco-Medina S., Krell T., Finkemeier I., Sevilla F., Lázaro J., Dietz K. . ‘Biochemical and molecular characterization of the mitochondrial peroxiredoxin PsPrxII F from Pisum sativum.’ Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 45, No. null: 729-739. doi: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2007.07.017.
  • Gama F., Keech O., Eymery F., Finkemeier I., Gelhaye E., Gardeström P., Dietz K., Rey P., Jacquot J., Rouhier N. . ‘The mitochondrial type II peroxiredoxin from poplar.’ Physiologia Plantarum 129, No. 1: 196-206. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-3054.2006.00785.x.
  • Romero-Puertas M., Laxa M., Mattè A., Zaninotto F., Finkemeier I., Jones A., Perazzolli M., Vandelle E., Dietz K., Delledonne M. . ‘S-nitrosylation of peroxiredoxin II E promotes peroxynitrite-mediated tyrosine nitration.’ Plant Cell 19, No. 12: 4120-4130. doi: 10.1105/tpc.107.055061.
  • Lamkemeyer P., Laxa M., Collin V., Li W., Finkemeier I., Schöttler M., Holtkamp V., Tognetti V., Issakidis-Bourguet E., Kandlbinder A., Weis E., Miginiac-Maslow M., Dietz K. . ‘Peroxiredoxin Q of Arabidopsis thaliana is attached to the thylakoids and functions in context of photosynthesis.’ Plant Journal 45, No. 6: 968-981. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2006.02665.x.
  • Dietz K.-J, Stork T, Finkemeier I, Lamkemeyer P, Li W.X, El-Tayeb MA, Michel KP, Pistorius E, Baier M. . ‘The Role of Peroxiredoxins in Oxygenic Photosynthesis of Cyanobacteria and Higher Plants: Peroxide Detoxification or Redox Sensing?’ In Photoprotection, photoinhibition, gene regulation, and environment, edited by Demmig-Adams B, Adams W, Mattoo A, 303-319. Kluwer Academic Press.
  • Finkemeier I., Sweetlove L. . ‘Signalling in primary metabolism.’ New Phytologist 171, No. 3: 445-447. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2006.01805.x.
  • Groten K., Dutilleul C., Van Heerden P., Vanacker H., Bernard S., Finkemeier I., Dietz K., Foyer C. . ‘Redox regulation of peroxiredoxin and proteinases by ascorbate and thiols during pea root nodule senescence.’ FEBS Letters 580, No. 5: 1269-1276. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2006.01.043.
  • Dietz K., Jacob S., Oelze M., Laxa M., Tognetti V., De Miranda S., Baier M., Finkemeier I. . ‘The function of peroxiredoxins in plant organelle redox metabolism.’ Journal of Experimental Botany 57, No. 8: 1697-1709. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erj160.
  • Finkemeier I., Goodman M., Lamkemeyer P., Kandlbinder A., Sweetlove L., Dietz K. . ‘The mitochondrial type II peroxiredoxin F is essential for redox homeostasis and root growth of Arabidopsis thaliana under stress.’ Journal of Biological Chemistry 280, No. 13: 12168-12180. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M413189200.
  • Rouhier N., Villarejo A., Srivastava M., Gelhaye E., Keech O., Droux M., Finkemeier I., Samuelsson G., Dietz K., Jacquot J., Wingsle G. . ‘Identification of plant glutaredoxin targets.’ Antioxidants and Redox Signaling 7, No. null: 919-929. doi: 10.1089/ars.2005.7.919.
  • Sharma S., Kaul S., Metwally A., Goyal K., Finkemeier I., Dietz K. . ‘Cadmium toxicity to barley (Hordeum vulgare) as affected by varying Fe nutritional status.’ Plant Science 166, No. 5: 1287-1295. doi: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2004.01.006.
  • Kandlbinder A., Finkemeier I., Wormuth D., Hanitzsch M., Dietz K. . ‘The antioxidant status of photosynthesizing leaves under nutrient deficiency: Redox regulation, gene expression and antioxidant activity in Arabidopsis thaliana.’ Physiologia Plantarum 120, No. 1: 63-73. doi: 10.1111/j.0031-9317.2004.0272.x.
  • Metwally A., Finkemeier I., Georgi M., Dietz K. . ‘Salicylic acid alleviates the cadmium toxicity in barley seedlings.’ Plant Physiology 132, No. 1: 272-281. doi: 10.1104/pp.102.018457.
  • Finkemeier I., Kluge C., Metwally A., Georgi M., Grotjohann N., Dietz K. . ‘Alterations in Cd-induced gene expression under nitrogen deficiency in Hordeum vulgare.’ Plant, Cell and Environment 26, No. 6: 821-833. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-3040.2003.01014.x.
  • Horling F., Lamkemeyer P., König J., Finkemeier I., Kandlbinder A., Baier M., Dietz K. . ‘Divergent light-, ascorbate-, and oxidative stress-dependent regulation of expression of the peroxiredoxin gene family in Arabidopsis.’ Plant Physiology 131, No. 1: 317-325. doi: 10.1104/pp.010017.