Ingo Heilmann

Ingo Heilmann

Dr. Ingo Heilmann received his Diploma (1996) and his Ph.D. (2000) in Biology from the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Already during his Ph.D. work he was interested in plant phosphoinositide signaling and worked from 1997 to 1999 in the laboratory of Dr. Wendy Boss at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. After a first post-doctoral term with Dr. Eric Davies and work on polyribosome dynamics also at North Carolina State University, Dr. Heilmann joined the group of Dr. John Shanklin at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA for a second post-doctoral term. His work with Dr. Shanklin included studies of dual targeting of fatty acid desaturases and its effects on substrate interactions and regiospecificity.

In 2004 Dr. Heilmann received a young investigator grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to establish his own research group at the Georg-August-University in G?ttingen, Germany. Here, his research focus was once again on plant phosphoinositides. The work of Dr. Heilmann is characterized by combined approaches using molecular biology, biochemical analysis and cell biology techniques. Since 2010 Dr. Heilmann is a Professor for Cellular Biochemistry at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in Halle (Saale), Germany. He has published 41 scientific articles, including 8 book chapters.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Ischebeck T, Heilmann I (2010) PIP-kinases as key regulators of plant function. In T Munnik, ed, Plant Lipid Signaling, Plant Cell Monographs. Springer Academic Publishers, Berlin/Heidelberg, pp. 79-93.
  • Mosblech A, Feussner I, Heilmann I (2010) Oxylipin signaling and plant growth. In T Munnik, ed, Plant Lipid Signaling, Plant Cell Monographs. Springer Academic Publishers, Berlin/Heidelberg, pp. 277-291.

Peer reviewed papers

  • Ischebeck T, Vu LH, Jin X, Stenzel I, L?fke C, Heilmann I (2010) Functional cooperativity of enzymes of phosphoinositide conversion according to synergistic effects on pectin secretion in tobacco pollen tubes. Mol Plant (in press).
  • Ischebeck T, Seiler S, Heilmann I (2010) At the poles across kingdoms: phosphoinositides and polar tip growth. Protoplasma 240: 13-31.
  • Furt F, König S, Bessoule J-J, Sargueil F, Zallot R, Stanislas T, Noirot E, Lherminier J, Simon-Plas F, Heilmann I, Mongrand S (2010) Polyphosphoinositides are enriched in plant membrane rafts and form microdomains in the plasma membrane. Plant Physiol 152: 2173-2187.
  • Heilmann I (2009) Using genetic tools to understand plant phosphoinositide signaling. Trends Plant Sci 14: 171-179.
  • Mosblech A, Feussner I, Heilmann I (2009) Oxylipins: Structurally diverse metabolites from fatty acid oxidation. Plant Physiol Biochem 47: 511-517.
  • Ischebeck T, Stenzel I, Heilmann I (2008) Type B phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 5-kinases mediate polar tip growth of pollen tubes by regulating apical pectin secretion. Plant Cell 20: 3013-3030.
  • König S, Ischebeck T, Lerche J, Stenzel I, Heilmann I (2008) Salt-stress-induced association of phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate with clathrin-coated vesicles in plants. Biochem J 415: 387-399.
  • Löfke C, Ischebeck T, K?nig S, Freitag S, Heilmann I (2008) Alternative metabolic fates of phosphatidylinositol produced by PI-synthase isoforms in Arabidopsis thaliana. Biochem J 413: 115-124.
  • König S, Hoffmann M, Mosblech A, Heilmann I (2008) Determination of content and fatty acid composition of unlabeled phosphoinositide species by thin layer chromatography and gas chromatography. Anal Biochem 378: 387-399.
  • Mosblech A, König S, Stenzel I, Grzeganek P, Feussner I, Heilmann I (2008) Phosphoinositide and inositolpolyphosphate-signalling in defence responses of Arabidopsis thaliana challenged by mechanical wounding. Mol Plant 1: 249-261.
  • Stenzel I, Ischebeck T, König S, Hołubowska A, Sporysz M, Hause B, Heilmann I (2008) The type B phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 5-kinase 3 is essential for root hair formation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell 20: 124-141.
  • König S, Mosblech A, Heilmann I (2007) Stress-inducible and constitutive phosphoinositide pools have distinctive fatty acid patterns in Arabidopsis thaliana. FASEB J 21: 1958-1967.

Department of Cellular Biochemistry, Institute for Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Kurt-Mothes-Str. 3, 06120 Halle (Saale), Germany