Molecular Ecology of the Rhizosphere

research group Prof. Dr. Joost T. van Dongen

Romy Schmidt


Romy Schmidt
Post doctoral scientist
Tel: 0241-8026634



Romy Schmidt is Post Doc in the group of Prof. Dr. van Dongen. In 2013 she obtained her PhD degree at the University of Potsdam in collaboration with the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam, Germany.

Her research interest is deciphering the molecular mechanisms underlying the abiotic stress response in crops. So far, she has characterized several transcription factors involved in salt stress signalling in rice. Among them, the ERF-type transcription factor SERF1 was shown to represent a bottleneck within the early response to salt stress by regulating a reactive oxygen species- (ROS-) dependent transcriptional cascade (see Figure).


SERF1 model web page




Schippers JHM, Schmidt R*, Wagstaff C, Jing HC. 2015. Living to die and dying to live: The survival strategy behind leaf senescence. Plant Physiol. epub. doi:​10.1104/pp.15.00498

Jorge TF, Rodrigues JA, Caldana C, Schmidt R, van Dongen JT, Thomas-Oates J, António C. 2015. Mass spectrometry-based plant metabolomics: Metabolite responses to abiotic stress.. Mass Spectrom Rev. DOI: 10.1002/mas.21449.

Schmidt R, Schippers JHM. 2015. ROS-mediated redox signaling during cell differentiation in plants. Biochim Biophys Acta. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2014.12.020

Schmidt R, Caldana C, Mueller-Roeber B, Schippers JHM. 2014. The contribution of SERF1 to root-to-shoot signaling during salinity stress in rice. Plant Signal. Behav. 9: e27540

Schmidt R, Schippers JHM, Mieulet D, Watanabe M, Hoefgen R, Guiderdoni E, Mueller-Roeber B. 2014. SALT-RESPONSIVE ERF1 is a Negative Regulator of Grain Filling and Gibberellin-Mediated Seedling Establishment in Rice. Mol Plant. 7: 404-421.

Schmidt R, Schippers JHM, Mieulet D, Obata T, Fernie AR, Guiderdoni E, Mueller-Roeber B. 2013. MULTIPASS, a rice R2R3-type MYB transcription factor, regulates adaptive growth by integrating multiple hormonal pathways. Plant J. 76: 258-273.

Schmidt R, Mieulet D, Hubberten HM, Obata T, Hoefgen R, Fernie AR, Fisahn J, San Segundo B, Guiderdoni E, Schippers JHM, Mueller-Roeber B. 2013. SALT-RESPONSIVE ERF1 Regulates Reactive Oxygen Species-Dependent Signaling during the Initial Response to Salt Stress in Rice. Plant Cell. 25: 2115-31.

Schippers JHM, Nguyen HM, Lu D, Schmidt R, Mueller-Roeber B. 2012. ROS homeostasis during development: an evolutionary conserved strategy. Cell Mol Life Sci. 69: 3245-3257.

Schmidt R, Schippers JHM, Welker A, Mieulet D, Guiderdoni E, Mueller-Roeber B. 2012. Transcription factor OsHsfC1b regulates salt tolerance and development in Oryza sativa ssp. japonica. AoB Plants 2012: pls011.