Dr. Ramona Kern

Research Interests

  • Impact of Climate change on arctic biocrusts
  • Protein evolution and phylogeny
  • Protein biochemistry


Angermayr, S.A., van der Woude, A.D., Correddu, D., Kern, R., Hagemann, M., Hellingwerf, K.J. (2016) Chirality matters: Synthesis and consumption of the D-enantiomer of lactic acid by Synechocystis sp. strain PCC6803, Applied and Environmental Microbiology 82:1295- 304, DOI: 10.1128/AEM.03379-15

Hagemann, M., Kern, R., Maurino, V.G., Hanson, D.T., Weber, A.P.M., Sage, R.F., Bauwe, H. (2016) Evolution of photorespiration from cyanobacteria to land plants considering protein phylogenies and acquisition of carbon concentrating mechanisms, Journal of Experimental Botany 67: 2963-2976, DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erw063

Rademacher, N., Kern, R., Fujiwara, T., Mettler-Altmann, T., Miyagishima, S.Y., Hagemann, M., Eisenhut, M., Weber, A.P. (2016) Photorespiratory glycolate oxidase is essential for the survival of the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae under ambient CO2 conditions. Journal of Experimental Botany 67: 3165-3175, DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erw118

Klemke, F., Baier, A., Knoop, H., Kern, R., Jablonsky, J., Beyer, G., Volkmer, T., Steuer, R., Lockau, W., Hagemann, M. (2015) Identification of the light-independent phosphoserine pathway as additional source for serine in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, Microbiology 161: 1050-1060, DOI: 10.1099/mic.0.000055

Kern, R., Eisenhut, M., Bauwe, H., Weber, A.P.M., Hagemann, M. (2013) Does the Cyanophora paradoxa genome revise our view on the evolution of photorespiratory enzymes? Plant Biology: Volume 15, Issue 4: 759–768, DOI: 10.1111/plb.12003

Hagemann, M., Fernie, A.R., Espie, G.S., Kern, R., Eisenhut, M., Reumann, S., Bauwe, H., Weber, A.P.M. (2012) Evolution of the biochemistry of the photorespiratory C2 cycle. Plant Biology: 2013 (4): 639-47, DOI: 10.1111/j.1438-8677.2012.00677.x

Bauwe, H., Hagemann, M., Kern, R., Timm, S. (2012) Photorespiration has a dual origin and manifold links to central matabolsim. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 15: 269-275, DOI: 10.1016/j.pbi.2012.01.008

Kern, R., Bauwe, H., Hagemann, M. (2011) Evolution of enzymes involved in the photorespiratory 2-phosphoglycolate cycle from cyanobacteria via algae toward plants, Photosynthesis Research 109: 103-114, DOI: 10.1007/s11120-010-9615-z

Hackenberg, C., Kern, R., Hüge, J., Stal, L.J., Tsuji, Y., Kopka, J., Shiraiwa, Y., Bauwe, H., Hagemann, M. (2011) Cyanobacterial lactate oxidases serve as essential partners in N2 fixation and evolved into photorespiratory glycolate oxidases in plants, The Plant Cell 29: 2978-2990, DOI: 10.1105/tpc.111.088070


Work experience      
Since 2017 Post-Doc „CLIMARCTIC – Climate Change Impacts on Arctic Soil and Lake Microbiomes” (within the framework of the DFG-founded project BiodivERsA) Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2010-2016 Post-Doc „Cyanobacterial photorespiration as possible evolutionary origin for the plant C2 cycle” (within the framework of the DFG-founded Forschergruppe PROMICS , FOR 1186) Plant Physiology Department, University of Rostock
2012 Doctoral Thesis Evolution of Photorespiration (within the framework of the DFG-founded Forschergruppe PROMICS , FOR 1186) Plant Physiology Department
2009 Master Thesis Phylogeny of the mannitol 1-phosphate dehydrogenase from red algae University of Rostock
2007-2009 Studies Master of Science in Marine Biology University of Rostock
2007 Bachelor Thesis Biodegradation of aromatic compounds by Bordetella petrii Technical University of Braunschweig
2004-2007 Studies Bachelor of Science in Biology Technical University of Braunschweig

Contact Details

Dr. Ramona Kern
University of Rostock
Institute for Biological Sciences
Applied Ecology and Phycology 
Albert-Einstein-Straße 3
D-18059 Rostock
Tel. +49 381 498 6076
Fax +49 381 498 6072

Ramona during the first field campaign on Svalbard (Norway) during summer 2017© V. Hotter
Reindeer feeding on biological soil crusts in the Arctic summer. © V. Hotter