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Prof. Dr. Marcel Bucher


Research interests

Originally from Switzerland, Marcel Bucher is interested in understanding how plants adapt to nutrient limitation, particularly within the complex interactions between plants, microbiota, and soil in the rhizosphere. He is passionate about mentoring and enjoys seeing students and early career researchers take on responsibility, refine their projects, develop their skills, and progress professionally.

His academic contributions range from undergraduate lectures on plant anatomy and physiology to more specialized courses in plant molecular biology and genetics. Marcel was an integral member of both the Executive and Steering Committees during the initial phase of the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences, CEPLAS. Within CEPLAS and the Third Mission of the UoC, he is currently leading the outreach program "Research and Education: Transfer of Knowledge from Research to School" and the “Plant-Ukraine” project.


Curriculum Vitae of Prof. Dr. Marcel Bucher



1983-1989: Study of Biology at the University of Bern, Switzerland, graduating with a Diploma in Biology under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Roland Brändle.


Academic Qualifications

1988-1992: Doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Cris Kuhlemeier, University of Bern, Switzerland.

Thesis: Molecular-Biological Characterization of the Extreme Anoxia-Tolerance of the Wetland Plant Acorus calamus L.

2006: Habilitation in Molecular Plant Physiology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland.

Thesis: Molecular biology of phosphate uptake and transport processes at plant interfaces with special consideration of the mycorrhizal symbiosis.


Professional Experience

1996-2006: Research Group Leader at the Institute for Plant Sciences, ETH Zurich, Department of Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Amrhein.

2006-2016: Professor (W2) of Molecular Plant Physiology, University of Cologne, Germany.

Since 2016: Professor (W3) of Molecular Plant Physiology, University of Cologne, Germany.


Contact Information

University of Cologne
Institute of Plant Sciences
Zülpicher Str. 47b
D-50674 Cologne

Tel.: +49 (0)221 470-2481