Postdoctoral Scientist

Thorsten Langner

Thorsten Lagner


I am intrigued by fungal plant pathogens and the mechanisms they use in order to infect their host plants.

To overcome plant immunity these pathogens deploy effector proteins, which get translocated into the host’s apolast or cytoplasm where they “reprogram” the plant or suppress immune responses. Understanding the underlying mechanisms of effector trafficking, function as well as adaptation to new hosts is what drives me forward.

In the current project I focus on effector protein adaptation and specialization in interactions of the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae with different host grasses after a host jump.

Job history

  • 2015 -

    Postdoctoral Scientist

    The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
  • 2015 - 2015

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Heinrich-Heine University, Duessledorf, Germany
  • 2011 - 2015

    PhD Student

    Heinrich-Heine University, Duessledorf, Germany
  • 2013 - 2013

    PhD Student (research stay)

    Michigan State University, East Lansing; US
  • 2010 - 2011


    Novartis, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2009 - 2010

    Diploma Thesis

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany