Michael T. Raissig

Faculty of Biosciences
Heidelberg University

Michael T. Raissig studied Biology and earned his doctorate in Plant Developmental Genetics at the University of Zürich in Switzerland, where he worked on epigenetic aspects of plant embryo development (Grossniklaus group). He then joined Prof. Dominique Bergmann’s group at Stanford University (California, USA) as a postdoctoral scholar funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Life Science Research Foundation. There, he started to genetically dissect how grasses like rice, maize and wheat form their developmentally and functionally innovative stomata. His group at the Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg continues trying to understand why and how grasses “breathe” more efficiently using plant biotechnology, genetics, (single-cell) transcriptomics, microscopy and gas exchange physiology.

Principal Investigator

Further information

Responsibilities at home organisation
Field of Expertise
Field of Interests
Research interests of relevance to the project
Research ideas for collaboration(s)
International Experience
Selected publications
Complete list of publications
Other personal interests
Network within RTG Bio Big Data Research
Contact details

Responsibilities at home organisation

Emmy Noether Research Group Leader

Field of Expertise

  • Plant development
  • plant genetics
  • stomatal biology
  • grass biology & biotechnology

Field of Interests

  • Plant developmental biology
  • Plant genetics
  • Evo-devo
  • Stomatal biology
  • Cell biology
  • (single-cell) transcriptomics
  • Microscopy & morphometrics
  • Gas exchange physiology
  • Water-use efficiency
  • Cell polarity
  • Cell differentiation
  • Gene regulatory networks

Research interests of relevance to the project

  • (single-cell) transcriptomics
  • quantitative imaging and morphometrics
  • gene regulatory networks
  • Evolutionary genomics

Research ideas for collaboration(s)

Evolutionary developmental transcriptomics

International Experience

  • University of Zürich (Switzerland)
  • Stanford University (California, USA)
  • Heidelberg University (Germany)

Selected publications

Nunes, T. D. G., Zhang, D. & Raissig, M. T. Form, development and
function of grass stomata. Plant J. 101, 780–799 (2020)

Raissig, M. T., Matos, J. L., Gil, M. X. A., Kornfeld, A., Bettadapur, A.,
Abrash, E., et al. (2017). Mobile MUTE specifies subsidiary cells to build
physiologically improved grass stomata. Science, 355(6330), 1215–1218.

Raissig, M. T.*, Abrash, E.*, Bettadapur, A., Vogel, J. P., & Bergmann, D. C. (2016). Grasses use an alternatively wired bHLH transcription factor network to establish stomatal identity. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 113(29), 8326-8331.

Lindner, H.*, Raissig, M. T.*, Sailer, C., Shimosato-Asano, H., Bruggmann, R., & Grossniklaus, U. (2012). SNP-Ratio Mapping (SRM): identifying lethal alleles and mutations in complex genetic backgrounds by next-generation sequencing. Genetics, 191(4), 1381–1386.

Other personal interests

Plant Developmental Geneticist | Father & Husband | Traveller | Gutmensch | Vegetarian | Football Fanatic (GCZ) | Loves flowers, trees, water, mountains, science, food & drinks | Strives to be open-minded, open-access, enthusiastic, fair, inclusive, transparent, collaborative, honest, generous |

Contact details


Centre for Organismal Studies
Im Neuenheimer Feld 230, Zi. 04.013
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49-(0)6221 54-5628
E-Mail: michael.raissig@cos.uni-heidelberg.de

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