Professor Katharina Braeutigam

Katharina Braeutigam

Assistant Professor



CSB Appointment


Research Areas

Bioinformatics / Computational Biology, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics / Genomics, Physiology, Plant Biology, Systems Biology


Ph.D. Friedrich-Schiller University Jena Germany 2008

Titles and Honors

Connaught Scholar (2017-2019)

Primary Undergraduate Department

Biology, UTM

Graduate Programs

Cell & Systems Biology

Research Description

Our lab is interested in the intricate relationships between epigenome, genome, and phenotype in plants. We focus on stress responses, climate change-related adjustments, and developmental transitions combining high-throughput genome scans & bioinformatics with cell & molecular biology and modern phenotyping.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 905-569-4777
Office: DV3035
Lab: DV3014

Mailing Address

Department of Biology
University of Toronto
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

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Recent News

CSPB awards for CSB’s dedicated plant scientists

CSB students won multiple awards at the annual regional meeting of the Canadian Society for Plant Biology, held at University of Toronto Scarborough…

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Gene expression trajectories during male and female reproductive development in balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera L.)

Cronk Q, Soolanayakanahally R, Bräutigam K
2020, Scientific Reports, 10.1038/s41598-020-64938-w

A single gene underlies the dynamic evolution of poplar sex determination

Müller NA, Kersten B, Leite Montalvão AP, Mähler N, Bernhardsson C, Bräutigam K, Carracedo Lorenzo Z, Hoenicka H, Kumar V, Mader M, Pakull B, Robinson KM, Sabatti M, Vettori C, Ingvarsson PK, Cronk Q, Street NR, Fladung M
2020, Nature Plants, 10.1038/s41477-020-0672-9

Champions of winter survival: cold acclimation and molecular regulation of cold hardiness in evergreen conifers

Chang CY, Bräutigam K, Hüner NPA, Ensminger I
2020, New Phytologist, 10.1111/nph.16904

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DNA Methylation and the Evolution of Developmental Complexity in Plants.

Bräutigam K, Cronk Q
2018, Frontiers in plant science, 9, 1447, 30349550

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Sexual epigenetics: gender-specific methylation of a gene in the sex determining region of Populus balsamifera.

Bräutigam K, Soolanayakanahally R, Champigny M, Mansfield S, Douglas C, Campbell MM, Cronk Q
2017, Scientific reports, 7, 45388, 28345647

Transgenic expression of fungal accessory hemicellulases in Arabidopsis thaliana triggers transcriptional patterns related to biotic stress and defense response.

Tsai AY, Chan K, Ho CY, Canam T, Capron R, Master ER, Bräutigam K
2017, PloS one, 12, e0173094, 28253318

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Leaf size serves as a proxy for xylem vulnerability to cavitation in plantation trees.

Schreiber SG, Hacke UG, Chamberland S, Lowe CW, Kamelchuk D, Bräutigam K, Campbell MM, Thomas BR
2016, Plant, cell & environment, 39, 272-81, 26177991

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Epigenetic regulation of adaptive responses of forest tree species to the environment.

Bräutigam K, Vining KJ, Lafon-Placette C, Fossdal CG, Mirouze M, Marcos JG, Fluch S, Fraga MF, Guevara MÁ, Abarca D, Johnsen O, Maury S, Strauss SH, Campbell MM, Rohde A, Díaz-Sala C, Cervera MT
2013, Ecology and evolution, 3, 399-415, 23467802

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Photosystem II supercomplex remodeling serves as an entry mechanism for state transitions in Arabidopsis.

Dietzel L, Bräutigam K, Steiner S, Schüffler K, Lepetit B, Grimm B, Schöttler MA, Pfannschmidt T
2011, The Plant cell, 23, 2964-77, 21880991

Clone history shapes Populus drought responses.

Raj S, Bräutigam K, Hamanishi ET, Wilkins O, Thomas BR, Schroeder W, Mansfield SD, Plant AL, Campbell MM
2011, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 12521-6, 21746919

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Time of day shapes Arabidopsis drought transcriptomes.

Wilkins O, Bräutigam K, Campbell MM
2010, The Plant journal : for cell and molecular biology, 63, 715-27, 20553421

Hypothesis: A binary redox control mode as universal regulator of photosynthetic light acclimation.

Bräutigam K, Dietzel L, Pfannschmidt T
2010, Plant signaling & behavior, 5, 81-5, 20592819

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Dynamic plastid redox signals integrate gene expression and metabolism to induce distinct metabolic states in photosynthetic acclimation in Arabidopsis.

Bräutigam K, Dietzel L, Kleine T, Ströher E, Wormuth D, Dietz KJ, Radke D, Wirtz M, Hell R, Dörmann P, Nunes-Nesi A, Schauer N, Fernie AR, Oliver SN, Geigenberger P, Leister D, Pfannschmidt T
2009, The Plant cell, 21, 2715-32, 19737978

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The long-term response to fluctuating light quality is an important and distinct light acclimation mechanism that supports survival of Arabidopsis thaliana under low light conditions.

Wagner R, Dietzel L, Bräutigam K, Fischer W, Pfannschmidt T
2008, Planta, 228, 573-87, 18542996

Photosynthetic acclimation: state transitions and adjustment of photosystem stoichiometry–functional relationships between short-term and long-term light quality acclimation in plants.

Dietzel L, Bräutigam K, Pfannschmidt T
2008, The FEBS journal, 275, 1080-8, 18318835

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Photosynthetic redox control of nuclear gene expression.

Fey V, Wagner R, Bräutigam K, Pfannschmidt T
2005, Journal of experimental botany, 56, 1491-8, 15863445

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Retrograde plastid redox signals in the expression of nuclear genes for chloroplast proteins of Arabidopsis thaliana.

Fey V, Wagner R, Braütigam K, Wirtz M, Hell R, Dietzmann A, Leister D, Oelmüller R, Pfannschmidt T
2005, The Journal of biological chemistry, 280, 5318-28, 15561727

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