Iris Eisermann

Postdoctoral Scientist
Nick Talbot Group

I am working as a postdoctoral scientist within the group of Professor Nick Talbot. I am very much interested in the role of septins during plant infection by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. My main focus is to identify the function of septins during both appressorium mediated plant infection and cell-to-cell movement during plant invasion.


Cruz-Mireles N, Eisermann I, Garduño-Rosales M, Molinari C, Ryder LS, Tang B, Yan X, Talbot NJ (2021)

The Biology of Invasive Growth by the Rice Blast Fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Methods Mol Biol. 2021;2356:19-40. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-1613-0_2.

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Eisermann I, Motyka V, Kümmel S, Dobrev PI, Hübner K, Deising HB, Wirsel SGR (2020)

CgIPT1 is required for synthesis of cis-zeatin cytokinins and contributes to stress tolerance and virulence in Colletotrichum graminicola. Fungal Genet Biol. 2020 Oct;143:103436. doi: 10.1016/j.fgb.2020.103436.

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He M, Su J, Xu Y, Chen J, Chern M, Lei M, Qi T, Wang Z, Ryder LS, Tang B, Osés-Ruiz M, Zhu K, Cao Y, Yan X, Eisermann I, Luo Y, Li W, Wang J, Yin J, Lam SM, Peng G, Sun X, Zhu X, Ma B, Wang J, Liu J, Qing H, Song L, Wang L, Hou Q, Qin P, Li Y, Fan J, Li D, Wang Y, Wang X, Jiang L, Shui G, Xia Y, Gong G, Huang F, Wang W, Wu X, Li P, Zhu L, Li S, Talbot NJ, Chen X (2020)

Discovery of broad-spectrum fungicides that block septin-dependent infection processes of pathogenic fungi. Nat Microbiol. 2020 Sep 21. doi: 10.1038/s41564-020-00790-y.

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Eisermann I, Weihmann F, Krijger JJ, Kröling C, Hause G, Menzel M, Pienkny S, Kiesow A, Deising HB, Wirsel SGR (2019)

Two genes in a pathogenicity gene cluster encoding secreted proteins are required for appressorial penetration and infection of the maize anthracnose fungus Colletotrichum graminicola. Environ Microbiol. 2019 Oct 9. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14819.

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Weihmann F, Eisermann I, Becher R, Krijger JJ, Hübner K, Deising HB, Wirsel SG (2016)

Correspondence between symptom development of Colletotrichum graminicola and fungal biomass, quantified by a newly developed qPCR assay, depends on the maize variety. BMC Microbiol. 2016 May 23;16:94. doi: 10.1186/s12866-016-0709-4.

Job History

2019 – present Postdoctoral Scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

2014 – 2019 PhD, Department of Phytopathology and Plant Protection, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

2011 – 2014 MSc, Crop Plant Sciences, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

2007 – 2010 BSc, Agricultural Sciences, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany