Sophia Sonnewald

PD Dr. rer. nat. Sophia Sonnewald

Department Biologie
Chair of Biochemistry (Prof. Dr. Sonnewald)

Room: Raum 01.475
Staudtstraße 5
91058 Erlangen

Academic Education and training

1989 – 1994 Study of Biology at Humboldt University Berlin with Diploma in Biology,
major studies: Plant Biology, Ecology
1995 – 1999 Graduate student at Humboldt University Berlin;
Scholarships from the state of Berlin (NaföG) and the Humboldt University
1999 PhD at Humboldt University Berlin (Dr. rer. nat.)
2017 Habilitation in Biochemistry at the Faculty of Natural Science at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Professional positions

1995 Research Assistent, Brandenburgisch-Technische Universität Cottbus
1999 – 2002 Postdoc at the Institute for Plant genetics and crop plant research (IPK) Gatersleben, Dept. Molecular Cell Biology (Head Prof. Dr. U. Sonnewald)
2002 – 2004 Junior Group leader “Molecular Developmental Physiology”, IPK Gatersleben, Dept. Molecular Cell Biology
Since 2004 Scientific assistant and group leader: “Molecular physiology and transcriptomics” at Division of Biochemistry of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremburg (Head Prof. Dr. U. Sonnewald)
2013 Academic adviser (Akademische Rätin)
2016 Academic senior adviser (Akademische Oberrätin)


2002 – 2004 Several research stays at IARC Long Ashton / Rothamstedt Research UK, in Dr. P. Hedden‘s lab (funded by DAAD)
2004 – 2007 Coordinator of trilateral BMBF project: “GENOSOME”
Since 2020 Editor of “Journal of Plant Physiology”
Reviewing activities for different journals: e.g. JPGR, FIGE, JEXBOT, POTR