Heribert Hirt

Professor, Plant Science

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
Center for Desert Agriculture


Education Profile

  • ​1989-1990 Post-doctoral fellow, Institute of Microbiology & Genetics, University of Vienna
  • 1988 Post-doctoral fellow, Deptartment of Microbiology, Oxford University
  • 1987 Post-doctoral fellow, Institute of Biochemistry, University of Vienna
  • 1984-1987 Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Vienna
  • 1979-1983 M.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Vienna
  • 1976-1978 B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Cape Town

Research Interests

​Professor Hirt's research interests are in signal transduction and the molecular communication mechanisms between microorganisms and plants.

Selected Publications

  • ​​Montillet JL, Leonhardt N, Mondy S, Tranchimand S, Boudsocq M, Garcia AV, Douki T, Bigeard J, Laurière C, Chevalier A, Castresana C, Rumeau D, Hirt H (2013) Identification of an ABA-independent oxylipin pathway that controls stomatal closure and immune defense in Arabidopsis. PLoS Biol. 11(3):e1001513.
  • Pflieger D, Gonnet F, van Bentem S Hirt, H, de la Fuente A (2011) Linking the proteins – elucidation of proteome-scale networks using mass spectrometry. Mass Spectr. Rev. 30:268-97.
  • Pitzschke A, Hirt H.(2010) New insights into an old story: Agrobacterium-induced tumour formation in plants by plant transformation. EMBO J. 29:1021-32.
  • Pitzschke, A., Djamei, A., Teige, M., Hirt, H. (2009) VIP1 response elements mediate mitogen-activated protein kinase 3-induced stress gene expression. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 106:18414-9.
  • Djamei, A., Pitzschke, A., Nakagami, H., Rajh, I., and Hirt, H. (2007) Trojan horse strategy in Agrobacterium transformation by abusing MAPK defence signalling. Science, 318, 453-456.