Dr Kathrin Thor

Postdoctoral Scientist
The 2Blades Group

I did my PhD in molecular plant physiology and since then have mainly been working on potential ion channels and calcium signalling. My investigation of the flg22-induced calcium signature drew my interest to plant immunity signalling and my current work will focus on elucidating novel components of the immunity network.


Holmes DR, Bredow M, Thor K, Pascetta SA, Sementchoukova I, Siegel KR, Zipfel C, Monaghan J (2021)

A novel allele in the Arabidopsis thaliana MACPF protein CAD1 results in deregulated immune signaling. bioRxiv preprint Jan 28, 2021 doi:

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Thor K, Jiang S, Michard E, George J, Scherzer S, Huang S, Dindas J, Derbyshire P, Leitão N, DeFalco TA, Köster P, Hunter K, Kimura S, Gronnier J, Stransfeld L, Kadota Y, Bücherl CA, Charpentier M, Wrzaczek M, MacLean D, Oldroyd GED, Menke FLH, M. Roelfsema MRG, Hedrich R, Feijó J, Zipfel C (2020)

The calcium-permeable channel OSCA1.3 regulates plant stomatal immunity. Nature. 25 August 2020. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2702-1

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Thor K (2019)

Calcium-Nutrient and Messenger. Front Plant Sci. 2019 Apr 25;10:440. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00440.

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Rissel D, Heym PP, Thor K, Brandt W, Wessjohann LA, Peiter E (2017)

No Silver Bullet – Canonical Poly(ADP-Ribose) Polymerases (PARPs) Are No Universal Factors of Abiotic and Biotic Stress Resistance of Arabidopsis thaliana. Front Plant Sci. 2017 Feb 6;8:59. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00059. eCollection 2017.

Thor K, Peiter E (2014)

Cytosolic calcium signals elicited by the pathogen-associated molecular pattern flg22 in stomatal guard cells are of an oscillatory nature. New Phytologist, 204, 873–881.

Weichert A, Brinkmann C, Komarova NY, Dietrich D, Thor K, Meier S, Grotemeyer MS, Rentsch D (2012)

AtPTR4 and AtPTR6 are differentially expressed, tonoplast-localized members of the peptide transporter/nitrate transporter 1 (PTR/NRT1) family. Planta 235, 311-323.

Komarova NY, Thor K, Gubler A, Meier S, Dietrich D, Weichert A, Suter-Grotemeyer MS, Tegeder M, Rentsch D (2008)

AtPTR1 and AtPTR5 transport dipeptides in planta. Plant Physiology 148, 856-869.

Massacci A, Nabiev SM, Pietrosanti L, Nematov SK, Chernikova TN, Thor K, Leipner J (2008)

Response of the photosynthetic apparatus of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) to the onset of drought stress under field conditions studied by gas-exchange analysis and chlorophyll fluorescence imaging. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 46, 189-195.

Glocova I, Thor K, Roth B, Babbick M, Pfitzner AJP, Pfitzner UM (2005)

Salicylic acid (SA)-dependent gene activation can be uncoupled from cell death-mediated gene activation: the SA-inducible NIMIN-1 and NIMIN-2 promoters, unlike the PR1a promoter, do not respond to cell death signals in tobacco. Molecular Plant Pathology 6, 299-314.

Dietrich D, Hammes U, Thor K, Suter-Grotemeyer M, Flückiger R, Slusarenko AJ, Ward JM, Rentsch D (2004)

AtPTR1, a plasma membrane peptide transporter expressed during seed germination and in vascular tissue of Arabidopsis. Plant Journal 40, 488-499.

Job History

2015 – present Postdoctoral Scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK

2008 – 2015 Senior Postdoc, Plant Nutrition Group, University of Halle-Wittenberg

2006 – 2008 Postdoctoral Researcher, Group of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, ETH Zürich

2002 – 2005 PhD student, Group of Molecular Plant Physiology, University of Bern

1995 – 2001 Biology Studies, University of Hohenheim