Staffan Persson, Ph. D.

Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology,

Am Mühlenberg 1,

14476 Potsdam,



Born in Lund, Sweden, December 26th, 1971.


1994 Construction engineer, Kristianstad College University, Sweden

1997 M. Sci., Chemistry, Lund University (LU), Sweden

2003/2004 Ph. D., Plant Physiology/Plant Biochemistry, North Carolina State University (NCSU)/ Lund University

2007 Post Doctoral fellow, Carnegie Institution of Washington at Stanford, CA, USA

Presently Max-Planck Research Group Leaders at MPI-MP, Potsdam, Germany


2001 The Swedish Royal Physiographic Society Fellowship

2001 The Swedish Royal Research Academy Fellowship

2002 The Swedish Royal Physiographic Society Fellowship

2004 Carl Tryggers Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

2005 Swedish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship

2008 Plant KBBE trilateral grant (Coordinator)


1. Geisler D, Sampathkumar A, Mutwil M, Persson S (2008) Curr Opin Plant Biol.

2. Mutwil M, Debolt S, Persson S (2008) Cellulose synthesis: a complex complex.

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 11: 252-7

3. Mutwil M, Obro J, Willats WG, Persson S (2008) GeneCAT--novel webtools that combine BLAST and co-expression analyses. Nucleic Acids Res. 36(Web Server issue):W320-6

4. Persson S, Paredez A, Carroll A, Palsdottir H, Doblin M, Poindexter P, Khitrov N, Auer M, Somerville CR (2007) Genetic evidence for three unique components in primary cell-wall cellulose synthase complexes in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 104: 15566-71

5. Persson S, Caffall KH, Freshour G, Hilley MT, Bauer S, Poindexter P, Hahn MG, Mohnen D, Somerville C (2007) The Arabidopsis irregular xylem8 mutant is deficient in glucuronoxylan and homogalacturonan, which are essential for secondary cell wall integrity. Plant Cell. 19: 237-55.

6. Bauer S, Vasu P, Persson S, Mort AJ, Somerville CR (2006) Development and application of a suite of polysaccharide-degrading enzymes for analyzing plant cell walls Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 103: 11417 1

7. Persson S, Wei H, Milne J, Page GP, Somerville C (2005) Identification of genes required for cellulose synthesis by regression analysis of public microarray data sets Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.102: 8633

8. Somerville C, Bauer S, Brininstool G, Facette M, Hamann T, Milne J, Osborne E, Paredez A, Persson S, Raab T, Vorwerk S, Youngs H (2004) Toward a Systems Approach to Understanding Plant Cell Walls Science. 306: 2206