Armin Djamei
Research fields
  • Plant science
Personal information


Dr. rer. nat, University of Vienna, Austria, 2007

Current position

Group leader, Plant Microbe Interactions, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria


  1. Rabe, F., Bosch, J., Stirnberg, A., Guse, T., Bauer, L., Seitner, D., Rabanal, F. A., Czedik-Eysenberg, A., Uhse, S., Bindics, J., Genenncher, B., Navarrete, F., Kellner, R., Ekker, H., Kumlehn, J., Vogel, J. P., Gordon, S. P., Marcel, T. C., Munsterkotter, M., Walter, M. C., Sieber, C. M., Mannhaupt, G., Guldener, U., Kahmann, R. and Djamei, A. (2016). A complete toolset for the study of Ustilago bromivora and Brachypodium sp. as a fungal-temperate grass pathosystem. Elife 5.
  2. Rabe, F., Seitner, D., Bauer, L., Navarrete, F., Czedik-Eysenberg, A., Rabanal, F. A. and Djamei, A. (2016). Phytohormone sensing in the biotrophic fungus Ustilago maydis - the dual role of the transcription factor Rss1. Mol Microbiol 102(2): 290-305.
  3. Stirnberg, A. and Djamei, A. (2016). Characterization of ApB73, a virulence factor important for colonization of Zea mays by the smut Ustilago maydis. Mol Plant Pathol 17(9): 1467-1479.
  4. Tanaka, S., Djamei, A., Presti, L. L., Schipper, K., Winterberg, S., Amati, S., Becker, D., Buchner, H., Kumlehn, J., Reissmann, S. and Kahmann, R. (2015). Experimental approaches to investigate effector translocation into host cells in the Ustilago maydis/maize pathosystem. Eur J Cell Biol 94(7-9): 349-358.
  5. Stanko, V., Giuliani, C., Retzer, K., Djamei, A., Wah,l V., Wurzinger, B., Wilson, C., Heberle-Bors,
    E., Teige, M. and Kragler, F. (2014). Timing is everything: Highly specific and transient expression of a MAP kinase determines auxin-induced leaf venation patterns in Arabidopsis. Mol Plant 7(11):1637-52.
  6. Schweighofer, A., Shubchynskyy, V., Kazanaviciute, V., Djamei, A. and Meskiene, I. (2014). Bimolecular fluorescent complementation (BiFC) by MAP kinases and MAPK phosphatases. Methods Mol Biol 1171: 147-158.
  7. Tanaka, S., Brefort, T., Neidig, N., Djamei, A., Kahnt, J., Vermerris, W., Koenig, S., Feussner, K., Feussner, I. and Kahmann, R. (2014). A secreted Ustilago maydis effector promotes virulence by targeting anthocyanin biosynthesis in maize. Elife 3: e01355.
  8. Rabe, F., Ajami-Rashidi, Z., Doehlemann, G., Kahmann, R. and Djamei, A. (2013). Degradation of the plant defence hormone salicylic acid by the biotrophic fungus Ustilago maydis. Mol Microbiol 89(1): 179-188.
  9. Wawra, S., Djamei, A., Albert, I., Nurnberger, T., Kahmann, R. and van West, P. (2013). In vitro translocation experiments with RxLR-reporter fusion proteins of Avr1b from Phytophthora sojae and AVR3a from Phytophthora infestans fail to demonstrate specific autonomous uptake in plant and animal cells. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 26(5): 528-536.
  10. Djamei, A. and Kahmann, R. (2012). Ustilago maydis: dissecting the molecular interface between pathogen and plant. PLoS Pathog 8(11): e1002955.
  11. Djamei, A., Schipper, K., Rabe, F., Ghosh, A., Vincon, V., Kahnt, J., Osorio, S., Tohge, T., Fernie, A. R., Feussner, I., Feussner, K., Meinicke, P., Stierhof, Y. D., Schwarz, H., Macek, B., Mann, M. and Kahmann, R. (2011). Metabolic priming by a secreted fungal effector. Nature 478(7369): 395-398.
  12. Pitzschke, A., Djamei, A., Teige, M. and Hirt, H. (2009). VIP1 response elements mediate mitogen-activated protein kinase 3-induced stress gene expression. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106(43): 18414-18419.
  13. Pitzschke, A., Djamei, A., Bitton, F. and Hirt, H. (2009). A major role of the MEKK1-MKK1/2-MPK4 pathway in ROS signalling. Mol Plant 2(1): 120-137.
  14. Brefort, T., Doehlemann, G., Mendoza-Mendoza, A., Reissmann, S., Djamei, A. and Kahmann, R. (2009). Ustilago maydis as a Pathogen. Annu Rev Phytopathol 47: 423-445.
  15. Mendoza-Mendoza, A., Berndt, P., Djamei, A., Weise, C., Linne, U., Marahiel, M., Vranes, M., Kamper, J. and Kahmann, R. (2009). Physical-chemical plant-derived signals induce differentiation in Ustilago maydis. Mol Microbiol 71(4): 895-911.
  16. Djamei, A., Pitzschke, A., Nakagami, H., Rajh, I. and Hirt, H. (2007). Trojan horse strategy in Agrobacterium transformation: abusing MAPK defense signaling. Science 318(5849): 453-456.
  17. Doczi, R., Brader, G., Pettko-Szandtner, A., Rajh, I., Djamei, A., Pitzschke, A., Teige, M. and Hirt, H. (2007). The Arabidopsis mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase MKK3 is upstream of group C mitogen-activated protein kinases and participates in pathogen signaling. Plant Cell 19(10): 3266-3279.
  18. Brader, G., Djamei, A., Teige, M., Palva, E. T. and Hirt, H. (2007). The MAP kinase kinase MKK2 affects disease resistance in Arabidopsis. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 20(5): 589-596.
  19. de la Fuente van Bentem, S., Anrather, D., Roitinger, E., Djamei, A., Hufnagl, T., Barta, A., Csaszar, E., Dohnal, I., Lecourieux, D. and Hirt, H. (2006). Phosphoproteomics reveals extensive in vivo phosphorylation of Arabidopsis proteins involved in RNA metabolism. Nucleic Acids Res 34(11): 3267-3278.
  20. Bouly, J. P., Giovani, B., Djamei, A., Mueller, M., Zeugner, A., Dudkin, E. A., Batschauer, A. and Ahmad, M. (2003). Novel ATP-binding and autophosphorylation activity associated with Arabidopsis and human cryptochrome-1. Eur J Biochem 270(14): 2921-2928.
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