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Born (25.9.1954): in Salzburg-City, Austria. -1973 Elementary School and College, Salzburg-City, Austria. 1973-1985: Studies: Biology, Philosophy, Botany, Systematic Botany, Plant Physiology, Biochemistry (University of Salzburg), Analytical Chemistry (1998-2001: Duke University, USA, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia). Univ. Doz., Dr. phil  (University of Salzburg) Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Graz  (since May 1, 2015) Telephone: +43-316-380-5661  e-mail: elfriede.stocker(at)uni-graz.at

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Leader of Department: Ao. Prof. Dr. Helmut Mayrhofer, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Graz.

Professional experience, Teaching and Career

2015/16: Project leader (P23570-B16), Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Graz, Austria.

1998-2015: Associate Professor, Department of Organismic Biology, University of Salzburg, Austria.

Research topics: Plant Ecology, Systematics and Morphology of Plants (Algae and Fungi), Eco- Physiology, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry (HPLC, TLC), Primary and Secondary metabolism of plants and fungi (lichens), Molecular Biology of lichens and lichen substances (polyketides), lichen pigments,  Polyphenols (polyketides, shikimate metabolites), polysaccharides of lichens, lichen symbiosis, alpine and tropical lichens; culture techniques, tissue and cell culture. Host: Culture collection of lichen forming fungi and algae.

1998: Habilitation: Resynthesis and secondary metabolites in lichen-forming fungi.   1 University of Salzburg, Austria. (Plant Ecology and Lichen Biology).  

2006: Research Fellowship and Harvey Pofcher Award from Harvard University (2006).  

2001: Visiting Research fellowship at the Department of Chemistry (Canberra, Australia).

2000: Research Fellowship at the Smithonian Institution (Washington, USA) and organization of a workshop (“Culturing lichens and lichen symbionts”). 1994-1997: APART-Stipendium of the Austrian Academy of Science (Vienna)  

1997-1999: Research Fellowships at Duke University, NC (USA).

1996: Visiting Research Fellowship at the Research Center of the Nippon Paint Company (Osaka, Japan).

1987-1998: Research Assistant at the Institute of Botany, Plant Physiology, University of Salzburg. 1986-

1987: Stipendium and Award of the Austrian Ministery of Science; Vienna.

1985-1986: Academic Training; Institute of Botany II: Systematic and Taxonomy of Lichens.  

1985: Ph.D. in Botany/Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (with honours): Light and electron microscopic investigations of lichens and lichen symbionts under laboratory and field conditions. (2 volumes)  Reviewer for diverse journals (1.Lichenologist, 2.Bryologist, 3.Fungal Biology, 4.Phytochemistry, 5.International Journal of Macromolecules, Medicinal Plant Journal, etc.); books and research projects; Assoc. editor  (Journal Mycosphere). Projects: Marie Curie EC-projects. 

Teaching

Lectures given: Plant Symbioses (Physiology, Ecology and Molecular Biology), Plant Physiology (Seminary), Course in Plant Physiology, Lecture in Plant symbioses; Course in Bioorganic Chemistry (Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fatty Acids) for students (Genetics), Course in Plant ecology with field trips, Course: Detection of Natural products in plants. Course: Introduction to analytical chemical methods of HPLC, TLC, preparative TLC and column chromatography. Teaching-Module (co- ordinator): Biology and ecology of symbiotic organisms. Course: Functional Anatomy and Physiology of Plants, Introduction to microscope techniques (Graz: 2016).

Projects And Awards:

1994-1997: 1. APART STIPENDIATE (highest Award for Research of the Austrian Academy of Science)  

2. Research Fellowship and Harvey Pofcher Award from Harvard University (2006).

Projects

2011-2016: 1. FWF: Modulation of growth and secondary metabolites of lichen under stress. P23570.                                

2008-2011:2. FWF: Evolution and metabolite patterns of lichenized Trentepohliales. P18210.  

2005-2008:3. FWF: Transcription of PKS genes, secondary metabolites in lichens. P20887.  2

2002-2005:4.FWF:Experimental microbiology, chemistry and eco-physiology of lichen fungi.                   P12789.

EC-Project: COST D28 Chemistry Activity (Mobility Programme): Biologically active Substances in lichens.

2006-2010. Leader of Marie Curie Fellowship MEIF CT 2006-024206 (2006-2008): Genetic variation of photobionts of the lichen Protoparmeliopsis muralis.  

EC-Project (2002-2007):  5. Participation and leader (Part 7) in an EC-funded project: Euketides: Eukaryotic polyketides in surrogate hosts (Grant of the European Community with 8 cooperation partners). 

Teaching Activities:

Lectures given: Plant Symbioses (Physiology, Ecology and Molecular Biology), Plant Physiology (Seminary), Course in Plant Physiology, Lecture in Plant symbioses; Course in Bioorganic Chemistry (Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fatty Acids) for students (Genetics), Course in Plant ecology with field trips, Course: Detection of Natural products in plants. Course: Introduction to analytical chemical methods of HPLC, TLC, preparative TLC and column chromatography. Teaching-Module (co- ordinator): Biology and ecology of symbiotic organisms. Course: Functional Anatomy and Physiology of Plants, Introduction to microscope techniques (Graz: 2016).

Stays Abroad:

Lichen Collection trip to Seychelles Islands: February (2014).

2002-2014: Visiting Research Fellowships at Australian National Botanic Gardens and Herbarium, Canberra, ACT, Australia.  

2006: Research Fellowship and Harvey Pofcher Award from Harvard University (2006).  2001: Visiting Research fellowship at the Department of Chemistry (Canberra, Australia).

2000: Research Fellowship at the Smithonian Institution (Washington, USA)           And organization of a workshop (“Culturing lichens and lichen symbionts”).

1994-1997: APART-Stipendium of the Austrian Academy of Science (Vienna) and following stays                   Abroad.  

1997-1999: Research Fellowships at Duke University, NC (USA). 1996: Visiting Research Fellowship at the Research Center of the Nippon Paint Company (Osaka, Japan).

Univ.-Doz. Dr.phil.

Elfriede Stocker

Univ.-Doz. Dr.phil. Elfriede Stocker Institut für Biologie
Telefon:+43 316 380 - 5661

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