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

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