Alexander Lichius, Dr. (PhD)Alexander Lichius
University Assistant

Institute of Microbiology
Technikerstr. 25d
A-6020 Innsbruck

Viktor-Franz-Hess Haus, 6th floor, room 06-04

Tel.: +43 (0)512 507 51256
Fax: +43 (0)512 507 2928

Research Areas

  • Molecular Cell Biology of Filamentous Fungi
  • Microbial Interactions and Cell-Cell Communication
  • Mycoparasitism and Biocontrol
  • Fungal Secondary Metabolites and Enzymes
  • (Hemi-)Cellulase Metabolism and Gene Regulation
  • Cell Polarisation and Directional Growth
  • Cell-Cell Fusion (Self and Non-Self Recognition)


  • Coming soon - Sommersemester 2016


Other responsibilities

  • Organisation of the Institute`s Seminar
  • Lab Organisation and Management
  • Supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students


List of publications › 

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Lichius, A., F. Bidard, F. Buchholz, S. Le Crom, J. Martin ,W. Schackwitz, T. Austerlitz, I.V. Grigoriev, S.E. Baker, A. Margeot, B. Seiboth and C. P. Kubicek. 2014. Genome sequencing of the Trichoderma reesei QM9136 mutant identifies a truncation of the transcriptional regulator XYR1 as the cause for its cellulase negative phenotype. BMC Genomics 16:326. BMC Genomics.

Ghassemi S, A. Lichius, F. Bidard, S. Lemoine, M-N. Rossignol, S. Herold, V. Seidl-Seiboth, B. Seiboth, E.A. Espeso, A. Margeot and C.P. Kubicek. 2015. The β-importin KAP8 (Pse1/Kap121) is required for nuclear import of the cellulase transcriptional regulator XYR1, asexual sporulation and stress resistance in Trichoderma reesei. Molecular Microbiology 96(2):405-418. Wiley Online.

Lichius, A., V. Seidl-Seiboth, B. Seiboth and C.P. Kubicek. 2014. Nucleo-cytoplasmic shuttling dynamics of the transcriptional regulators XYR1 and CRE1 under conditions of cellulase and xylanase gene expression in Trichoderma reesei. Molecular Microbiology 94(5):1162-1178. Wiley Online.

Lichius, A.and Lord, K.M.2014. Chemoattractive mechanisms in fungi. The Open Mycology Journal 8:28-57. Bentham Open.

Lichius, A., A. Gorjachev, M.D. Fricker, B. Obara, E. Castro-Longoria and N.D. Read*. 2014. CDC-42 and RAC-1 regulate opposite chemotropism in Neurospora crassa. Journal of Cell Science 127:1953-1965. PubMed. In This Issue” highlight: JCS

Karimi-Aghcheh, R, J.W. Bok.,  P.A. Phatale, K.M. Smith, S.E.. Baker, A. Lichius, M. Omann, S. Zeilinger, B. Seiboth, C. Rhee, N.P. Keller, M. Freitag  and C.P. Kubicek. 2013. Functional analyses of Trichoderma reesei LAE1 reveals conserved and contrasting roles of this regulator in funig. G3 (Bethesda) 3(2):369-378. PubMed.

Lichius, A.and Lord, K.M., C.E. Jeffree, R. Oborny, P. Boonyarungsrit and N.D. Read. 2012. Importance of MAP Kinases during Protoperithecial Morphogenesis in Neurospora crassa. PLoSOne 7(8):1-21.

Read, N.D., A. Goryachev and A. Lichius. 2012. The mechanistic basis of self-fusion between conidial anastomosis tubes during fungal colony initiation. Fungal Biology Reviews 26:1-11. ScienceDirect.

Goryachev, A.B., A. Lichius, G.D. Wright and N.D. Read. 2012. Excitable behavior can explain the "ping-pong" mode of communication between cells using the same chemoattractant. Bioessays 34(4): 259-266. PubMed.

Lichius, A.and Yáñez-Gutiérrez, M.E., N.D. Read and E. Castro-Longoria.. 2012. Comparative live-cell imaging analysis of SPA-2, BUD-6 and BNI-1 in Neurospora crassa revealed novel aspect of filamentous fungal polarisome architecture. PLoSOne 7(1):1-23.

Berepiki, A., A. Lichius and N.D. Read. 2011. Actin organisation and dynamics in filamentous fungi. Nature Microbiology Reviews 9:876-887. PubMed.

Lichius, A., A. Berepiki and N.D. Read. 2011. Form follows function – the versatile fungal cytoskeleton. Fungal Biology Special Issue Review 115:518-540.  PubMed.

Lichius, A. and N.D. Read. 2010. A versatile set of Lifeact-RFP expression plasmids for live-cell imaging of F-actin in filamentous fungi. Fungal Genetics Reports 57:8-14. FGSC.

Berepiki, A., A. Lichius,  J.-Y. Shoji, J. Tilsner and N.D. Read. 2010. F-actin dynamics in Neurospora crassa. Eukaryotic Cell 9: 547-557.  PubMed.

Roca, M.G., H.-C. Kuo, A. Lichius, M. Freitag and N.D. Read. 2010. Nuclear dynamics, mitosis and the cytoskeleton during early stages of colony initiation in Neurospora crassa. Eukaryotic Cell 9(8):1171-1183. PubMed.

Read, N.D., A. Lichius, J.-Y. Shoji and A.B. Goryachev. 2009. Self-signalling and self-fusion in filamentous fungi. Current Opinion in Microbiology 12: 608-615. PubMed.


Publications in not Peer-Reviewed Journals

Lichius, A., M.G. Roca and N.D. Read. 2010. How to distinguish conidial anastomosis tubes (CATs) from germ tubes. The Neurospora Protocol Guide. Fungal Genetics Stock Center. FGSC.

Roca, M.G., A. Lichius and N.D. Read. 2010. How to analyze and quantify conidial anastomosis tube (CAT)-mediated cell fusion. The Neurospora Protocol Guide. Fungal Genetics Stock Centre. FGSC.