Congratulations to Dhika Amanda, who has been awarded a MSCA fellowship to continue her work on cell wall mechanics and ABA regulation. Well done!


Nora Gigli-Bisceglia, a former postdoc in the group, has been offered an assistant professor position at Utrecht University. CONGRATULATIONS! Well done and highly deserved!


3 year Postdoc position available in the NFR young talent project supervised by Laura Bacete and hosted in the group.

Here is a link: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/236789/postdoctor-on-the-project-wall2cycle-coordination-between-cell-wall-integrity-and-cell-cycle-activity-in-plants-3-years


The Hamann lab has participated in a local initiative organized by NTNU and the Norwegian research council to popularize scientific research with a stand at the forsknings torget. The stand (designed by Julia Schulz) was awarded the prize for the best stand in the torget! CONGRATULATIONS to everybody who made it happen! WELL DONE!

Forskningsdager 2022


Section sommerfest at Ringwe botanical garden with a guided tour and pizza and bruss to recover from the walk….


Celebrating Ruben successfully defending his MSc thesis. Congratulations! Very well done!



Congratulations to Tereza Ticha for being awarded a MSCA fellowship (210k Euro) by the European Union. She´ll be able to pursue her research interests in the group in the next years. 🙂 🙂


Laura and Luis have successfully chaired a well-attended session on cell wall analytics at ICAR2022 in Belfast. Well done! 🙂



Pernille and Eline have successfully defended their theses. CONGRATULATIONS! Very well done!



Luis and Tereza´s first paper in our research area has been published. Congrats! 🙂


First in person seminar post-COVID: Dr. Thomas Dehoux, CNRS Lyon 🙂



Our recent paper in PNAS is “spotlighted” in Trends in Plant Science…. 🙂


Elise Muller has arrived from France. She´ll be spending the next months working with us on development of novel tools. Welcome Elise!



Pizza night where we finally managed to have everybody at the same time in the same place. 🙂



We have a funded PhD student position available. Details can be found here.


A very warm welcome to Wiebke Häger, who has just joined us as a new postdoctoral fellow. She has done her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany.


Our recent publication in PNAS has been described in Gemini, a Norwegian website covering recent scientific discoveries and breakthroughs.


Laura´s manuscript has been accepted for publication with PNAS and is available here. Congrats! 🙂


The kickoff meeting for our NFR project WALLINTEGRITY has been a success with partners from Belgium and Spain joining us on Stokkøya.



Our latest story is now available on BioRxiV. Enjoy! 😉


A 3 year postdoc position in plant physiology is available in the group. More information is available here.


Pic from our moving day. The group moved to a newly renovated, larger research lab today. 🙂

Lab unpacking


CONGRATS to Laura for giving an exciting presentation at ICAR 2021 in the session on cell wall integrity maintenance organized by former postdocs Lauri and Nora.


There are several positions available in the group. Further information about the positions and application process can be found here: JobbNorge.


Our research grant application to the Norwegian research council has been successful and we have been awarded nearly 12 million NOK (app. 1.2 million Euro) to do cell wall integrity research over the next years.

🙂 🙂 🙂


Julia has been interviewed about her work in our group by uni.forskning.no


The new white paper on the state of Arabidopsis research written by the multinational steering committee is now published. Thorsten is the Norwegian representative on the committee.


The dispatch that Laura and Thorsten have written for Current Biology is now public.


One of the COST actions we are involved in (INDEPTH) has produced an interesting summary how their research contributes to adaptation to a changing climate.


Laura´s review paper in Plants is now available. Congratulations! 🙂


The department is aiming to hire three new colleagues at the associate professor level. General areas are molecular plant physiology, molecular plant ecology and plant ecosystems modelling.  Details can be found here:



The work Lauri has done together with Michael Wrzaczek´s group from Helsinki has been published in Plant Cell. Congratulations! 🙂


Laura`s paper has been accepted in MPMI. CONGRATULATIONS! 🙂


Nora´s review paper has been published in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences. 🙂


Lauri´s review paper has been published in Nature Plants.


Thorsten has been elected as the new secretary general of the Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society.


Timo´s paper has been published in BMC Plant Biology 


There’s currently a postdoc position funded for 3 years available in the group. Application deadline: 30.06.2019 Details can be found: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/171440/postdoctor-in-plant-molecular-biology-plant-cell-wall-integrity-maintenance

Update: position has been filled….


Nora´s paper has been accepted by Development for publication. 🙂  🙂  🙂


Engelsdorf et al 2018 has been covered in local media.


Timo´s paper has been published in Science Signalling and we got the cover….. 🙂

11536_toc_author_web (cover image by: Nora Gigli-Bisceglia)


Funded PhD position available!

Details can be found here: PhD position


Congratulations to Lauri Vaahtera who has been awarded a 2-year postdoc fellowship from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, NTNU enabling him to extend his time in the lab.


Hamann lab Sommerfest with friends and families on a sunny afternoon in Brennebukta.



Summer term is finally over, so time to give a brief update on recent/future events.

  • Dr. Lauri Vaahtera has begun working in the group in June and is busy starting his research project funded by the Säätiöiden pooli’s foundation.      Welcome! 🙂
  • Camila Øvstebø has been awarded an “all expenses paid” travel fellowship to attend the Sao Paulo School of Advanced Science on Mass Spectrometry-based Proteomics (SPSAS-MS) from the 28th of August until the 6th of September 2017. Congratulations! 🙂
  • The Hamann and Somerville (UC-Berkeley) labs have been awarded jointly a Peder Sæther grant, which will enable Nora Gigli-Bisceglia to work for a couple of months in California. She will investigate how a small molecule can function as signal, activating defence responses in Arabidopsis thaliana.
  • We are happy to welcome a new MSc student (Kristine Marie Svanø) to the lab. 🙂
  • Nora Gigli-Bisceglia has been invited to give a short presentation about her work at the SPPS meeting in Turku in August.
  • Recently two manuscripts with contributions from the group have been published in the Journal of Experimental Botany and PLOS Genetics.                                        Dirigent proteins in plants: modulating cell wall metabolism during abiotic and biotic stress exposure.  JExBot                                                                                                        The Arabidopsis leucine-rich repeat receptor kinase MIK2/LRR-KISS connects cell wall integrity sensing, root growth and response to abiotic and biotic stress. PLOS Genetics


Lab exkursion to the NBS annual conference in Storefjell.

Interesting talks by Emanuelle Charpentier, Sophien Kamoun, Ralph Bock and social activities involving a “stylish” nightclub and some outdoor photography…. 🙂


Postdoctoral fellowship awarded to Dr. Lauri Vaahtera

Dr. Lauri Vaahtera has been awarded a Postdoctoral fellowship from the Säätiöiden post doc pooli’s foundations of Finland to join the Hamann lab in spring 2017 to perform a GWAS-based analysis of the plant cell wall integrity maintenance mechanism. Read her his recent publication in PLOS Biology on the function of MPK12 in Arabidopsis thaliana.


Prof. Ottoline Leyser has been awarded an honorary PhD with the Norwegian University of Natural Sciences and Technology on the 18th of November.


Here is the text from NTNU summarising her past achievements:

Prof. Ottoline Leyser; FRS; CBE; Director, Sainsbury Laboratory University of Cambridge

Dr. Leyser´s academic career began with a degree in genetics followed by a PhD, both from Cambridge University. Her thesis project focused on understanding the mode of action of the shoot meristem, the plant organ, which gives rise to all aerial structures in plants on planet Earth. After her PhD she continued her research career at Purdue University (Indiana) in the group of Mark Estelle. During her time at Purdue she identified a gene required for the perception of the phytohormone auxin. This gene represents a key element of the molecular processes regulating plant development and movement, which has already fascinated Charles Darwin more than 100 years ago. Therefore it is not surprising that her findings were published in Nature and have formed the Rosetta stone enabling plant scientists to successfully dissect the molecular mechanism mediating auxin perception and response in plants. In 1994 Dr. Leyser set up her own research group at the University of York and has made since then seminal contributions to the field of plant development focusing on the interplay between auxin and other plant growth regulators enabling plants to successfully adapt to changing environments. More recently these activities have been elevated to a different level because she moved back to Cambridge and became the director of the newly established Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University funded by the Gatsby foundation. This institute brings together 120 scientists from different scientific areas in a new, purpose-built facility located in the Cambridge botanical garden opened by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011. The overall aim is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying plant development and apply the resulting knowledge in order to make a difference in the real world.

The leading research Dr. Leyser has performed throughout her scientific career is not only indicated by the large number of publications she has co-authored but also by the academic honors she has received. Examples include her being an elected Fellow of both the Royal Society and the European molecular biology organization since 2007, having become an elected foreign associate member of the National Academy of Sciences USA in 2012 as well as having been invited to join the Leopoldina in 2014. More importantly throughout her career she has actively contributed to the development of global plant science community by participating in committees, outreach activities and mentorship programs. Examples are her roles as chair of the British Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) skills and careers strategy panel (2009-2012), her membership in ERC consolidator or advanced grant panels for cellular and developmental biology (2012-16), international advisory boards of the Gregor Mendel Institute (Vienna) and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (Tübingen) as well as the Wallenberg Genomics Consortium assessment panel.

In parallel to these strategic activities Dr. Leyser was constantly contributing to outreach activities and public policy development. Examples include Open lectures at the University of York and the Cambridge Science Festival, interviews with BBC world service and the Today program, expert witness to the House of Commons Select Committee on genetically modified organisms as well as the Royal Society Fraud and the Future of Publishing. More importantly she has been actively promoting science education and research training as means for diverse career paths, which is exemplified by the more than 40 PhD students and postdoctoral scientists she has mentored during her career. In parallel she has provided guidance on career development for female scientists and advised institutions on gender equality.

As a result of her active involvement in the development of the scientific community, policy and her contributions to society at large, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2009.