Veronica Albrecht



Dr Verónica Albrecht studied plants systematics and ecology at the University of Ulm, Germany, before switching to molecular biology analysing calcium signalling in higher plants as part of her doctor thesis under the supervision of Dr Jörg Kudla. After her PhD, at 2002 she continued with a postdoc position at the ETH, Zurich, in the laboratory of Professor Klaus Apel in an independent project, analysing chloroplast development in Arabidospis thaliana. A novel group of chloroplast biogenesis mutans were identified named as snowy cotyledon. In 2008 Veronica moved to The Australian National University for a Research Associate position and the snowy cotyledon project is now continued in the lab of Professor Barry Pogson as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.


Research interests

Studies showed how important chloroplast development is already during germination for later plant vitality, seed set, and growth. Plants, even though they exhibit normal chloroplast development in the true leaves, when affected in chloroplast development in cotyledons, the embryonic leaves of germinating seedlings, are reduced in their vitality. Thus, it is even more important to understand the regulation and mechanism of chloroplast development to be able to further investigate on plant vitality for improving crops.

Therefore, our research interest is to analyse chloroplast development in seedlings, studying the newly identified mutant group snowy cotyledon, which resulted in the identification of novel proteins involved in chloroplast biogenesis. These mutants will be analysed and used as tools to further investigate the regulation mechanism of chloroplast development in seedlings, which encompasses not only the nucleus and chloroplast but also other organelles.


  • Sandra Tanz, Joachim Kilian, Christoffer Johnsson, Klaus Apel, Ian Small, Klaus Harter, Dierk Wanke, Barry Pogson, and Verónica Albrecht*; SCO2 is involved in the regulation of chlorophyll biosynthesis and the formation of thylakoids by interacting with the LHCB1 chlorophyll a/b binding proteins. The Plant Journal, 2012, featured article, 743-754.
  • Barry Pogson, Verónica Albrecht* (2011); Overview and dissection of genetic analysis of chloroplast development and biogenesis. Review. Plant Physiology, 155, 1545–1551.
  • Verónica Albrecht*, Klára Simková, Chris Carrie, Etienne Delannoy, Jim Whelan, Ian Small, Klaus Apel, Murray Badger, and Barry Pogson (2010); The cytoskeleton and the peroxisomal-targeted SNOWY COTYLEDON 3 protein are required for chloroplast development in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, 22, 3423–3438.
  • Veronica Albrecht, Estavillo, GM, Pogson BJ (2009) Identifying Photoprotection Mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana. In Carpentier, R. (ed) Photosynthesis Research Protocols 664, 257-272, Human Press.
  • Verónica Albrecht*, Anke Ingenfeld, and Klaus Apel: snowy cotyledon2 (2008): The identification of a zinc finger domain protein essential for chloroplast development in cotyledons but not in true leaves. Plant Molecular Biology, 66, 599-608.
  • Eiko Miura, Yusuke Kato, Ryo Matsushima, Verónica Albrecht, Soumaya Laalami, and Wataru Sakamoto (2007): The balance between protein synthesis and degradation in chloroplasts determines leaf variegation in Arabidopsis yellow variegated mutants. The Plant Cell 19, 1313-1328. 
  • Cecilia D’Angelo, Stefan Weinl, Oliver Batistic, Girdhar Pandey, Yong Hwa Cheong, Stefanie Schültke, Verónica Albrecht, Britta Ehlert, Klaus Harter, Sheng Luan, Ralph Bock, and Jörg Kudla (2006): Ca2+-regulated protein kinase CIPK1 controls abscisic acid-dependent and independent stress responses in Arabidopsis. The Plant Journal 48, 857-872. 
  • Verónica Albrecht*, Anke Ingenfeld, and Klaus Apel (2006): Characterization of the snowy cotyledon 1 mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana: the impact of chloroplast elongation factor G on chloroplast development and plant vitality. Plant Molecular Biology 60, 507-518. 
  •  M. Gutensohn, S. Pahnke, Ü. Kolukisaoglu, B. Schulz, A. Schierhorn, A. Voigt, B. Hust, I. Rollwitz, J. Stöckel, S. Geimer, V. Albrecht, U. I. Flügge, and R. B. Klösgen (2004): Characterization of a T-DNA insertion mutant for the protein import receptor AtToc33 from chloroplasts. Molecular Genetics and Genomics 272, 379-396.
  • Claudia Hass, Jens Lohrmann, Verónica Albrecht, Uta Sweere, Florian Hummel, Sang Dong Yoo, Ildoo Hwang, Tong Zhu, Eberhard Schäfer, Jörg Kudla, and Klaus Harter (2004): The response regulator 2 mediates ethylene signaling and hormone signal integration in Arabidopsis. The EMBO Journal 23, 3290-3302.
  • Verónica Albrecht, Stefan Weinl, Dragica Blacevic, Cecilia D’Angelo, Oliver Batistic, Uener Kolikisaoglu, Ralph Bock, Burkhard Schulz, Klaus Harter, and Joerg Kudla (2003): The calcium sensor CBL1 integrates plant responses to abiotic stresses. The Plant Journal 36, 457-470. 
  • Verónica Albrecht, Olga Ritz, Sabine Linder, Klaus Harter, and Jörg Kudla (2001): The NAF domain defines a novel protein-protein interaction module conserved in Ca2+ regulated kinases. The EMBO Journal 20, 1051-1063. 
  • Jinrui Shi, Kyung-Nam Kim, Olga Ritz, Verónica Albrecht, Rajeev Gupta, Klaus Harter, Sheng Luan, and Jörg Kudla (1999): Novel protein kinases associated with Calcineurin B-like calcium sensors in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell 11, 2393-2406.

    (* = corresponding author)

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