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Prof. Dr. Philip Wigge

Prof. Dr.

Philip Wigge

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Head of PA FUNCT

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Date of Birth: 01.05.1973       Nationality: German

Spouse: Katja E. Jaeger        Children: Sophia (2010); Jonas (2012), German




Professor (W3) Plant Adaptation, University of Potsdam and Head of Department, Leibniz IGZ, Grossbeeren (2018-present)

Research Group Leader (equivalent to Reader), Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, Apr 2012-March 2019

Group Leader (awarded tenure 2010) JIC, Norwich, Jan 2005-Mar 2012

Junior Group Leader, MPI for Dev. Biology (D. Weigel), Tübingen, Dec 2002 Dec 2004

Postdoctoral Fellow, The Salk Institute (D. Weigel), US, Sep 2000-Dec 2002  



  • University of Cambridge, MRC-LMB (J. Kilmartin), Ph.D, 1996-2000
  • University of Oxford, Master of Biochemistry, Honours First Class, 1992-1996



  • Invited to extensive international conferences, including as plenary speaker at International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) 2013, 2015, 2017. Cold Spring Harbor Asia (Japan) 2015 and 2016.
  • Contributing Author to Taiz and Zeiger 5th and 6th Editions: “Plant Physiology”
  • Kumar and Wigge (2010) featured in: Nature, Nature Chemical Biology, The Scientist, F1000 7th most highly rated paper, all categories. Selected as “Breakthrough of the Year” by Multnational Arabidopsis Steering Committee.
  • First Ph.D student awarded the Beddington Medal for the best Ph.D in Developmental biology submitted in the UK in 2008.
  • Awarded ERC New Investigator Grant
  • Elected onto Faculty of 1000, 2006
  • 2005 Paper selected as a “Breakthrough of the Year” (Science)
  • Reviewer for: Science, Nature Genetics, Plant Cell, Plant Journal, Current Biology, Developmental Cell, Plant Physiology
  • Awarded Wellcome Foundation International Travelling Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • EMBO Long term Postdoctoral Travelling Fellowship (declined).
  • Trinity College Oxford, President’s Prize for Finals results.