Ulrike Mathesius



Dr Ulrike Mathesius received her Dipl. Biol. (BSc Hons) at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany in 1995. She carried out her PhD at the Research School of Biological Sciences at ANU between 1996-1999, which focused on the symbiosis between rhizobia and legumes. This was followed by post doctoral research at RSBS in the area of plant proteomics between 1999 and 2001. In 2002 she moved to the School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Post Doctoral Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. Ulrike then held an ARC Research Fellowship and is now an ARC Future Fellow working on the developmental regulation of nodulation, parasitic gall development and lateral root formation in legumes.


Research interests

  • Microbial and environmental control of root developmental plasticity
  • Nitrogen-fixing symbioses
  • Parasitic root knot nematodes

Recent grants

  • ARC Discovery grant, 2011-2014: $300,000;  U Mathesius and A Nicotra. 'Environmental regulation of root architecture by a gene controlling auxin transport'.
  • ARC Future Fellowship, 2010-1014; $581.885; U Mathesius: 'The role of auxin in organ specification – from symbionts to parasite.'
  • ARC Discovery grant (Australian Research Fellowship); 2005-2010; $421,260; U Mathesius; 'Are flavonoids developmental regulators in plants?'
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research, 2003-2010; $16,900,000; P Gresshoff; BG Rolfe, MB Singh, RJ Rose, BJ Carroll, CA Beveridge, U Mathesius, MA Djordjevic, PL Bhalla, GF Weiller, CR Parrish.
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation Project grant, 2010-2011; $99,429; U Mathesius; 'Evaluation of Plant Manipulation compounds.'
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation Project grant; 2006-2010; $424,000; CA Behm, U Mathesius, S Trowell. 'Exploring a model system to develop controls for plant parasitic nematodes.'



Selected publications

  • Mortier V, Wasson A, Jaworek P, De Keyser A, Decroos M, Holsters M, Tarkowski P, Mathesius U, Goormachtig S (2014) Role of LONELY GUY genes in indeterminate nodulation on Medicago truncatula. New Phytologist 202: 582-593.
  • Goh C-H, Veliz-Vallejo DF, Nicotra AB, Mathesius U (2013) The impact of beneficial plant-associated microbes on plant phenotypic plasticity. Journal of Chemical Ecology 39:826–839
  • Jin J, Watt M and Mathesius U (2012) The autoregulation gene SUNN mediates changes in root organ formation in response to nitrogen through alteration of shoot-to-root auxin transport. Plant Physiology 159: 489-500.
  • Hassan, S. and Mathesius, U. (2012) The role of flavonoids in root-rhizosphere signaling - opportunities and challenges for improving plant-microbe interactions. Journal of Experimental Botany 63: 3429-3444.
  • Teplitski M, Mathesius U and Rumbaugh KB (2011) Quorum sensing signal perception and degradation by mammalian and plant cells. Chemical Reviews 111: 100-116.
  • Grunewald W., van Noorden G.E., van Isterdael G., Beeckman T., Gheysen G. and Mathesius U (2009). Manipulation of auxin transport in plant roots during Rhizobium symbiosis and nematode parasitism. Plant Cell 21: 2553-2562. 
  • Wasson AP, Ramsay K, Jones MGK and Mathesius U (2009) Differing requirements for flavonoids during the formation of lateral roots, nodules and root knot nematode galls in Medicago truncatula. New Phytologist 183: 167–179 
  • Mathesius U (2008). Auxin – at the root of nodule development? Functional Plant Biology, 35: 651-668. 
  • Wasson, A.P., Pellerone, F.I. and Mathesius U. (2006) Silencing the flavonoid pathway in Medicago truncatula inhibits root nodule formation and prevents auxin transport regulation by rhizobia. Plant Cell 18, 1617-1629 
  • Bauer, W. D. and Mathesius, U. (2004) Plant responses to bacterial quorum sensing signals. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 7: 429-433 
  • Mathesius U., Mulders, S., Gao, M., Teplitski, M., Caetano-Anolles, G., Rolfe, B. G. and Bauer, W. D. (2003) Extensive and specific responses of a eukaryote to bacterial quorum sensing signals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 100: 1444-1449. 

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