Alexander Lichius, Dipl.-Biol. Dr. (PhD)Alexander Lichius Profile
University Assistant

Departement of Microbiology
Technikerstr. 25d
A-6020 Innsbruck

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

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


CV milestones

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since 2015

University Assistant, Department of Microbiology, University of Innsbruck, AT Working group: Prof. Susanne Zeilinger Topic: Molecular cell biology of Trichoderma atroviride mycoparasitism


2012 – 2015

Project Assistant, Institute of Chemical Engineering, University of Technology Vienna, Austria
Working group: Prof. Christian P. Kubicek
Topic: Molecular cell biology of Trichoderma reesei cellulose metabolism


Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Microbiology, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), Ensenada, MX
Working group: Prof. Ernestina Castro-Longoria
Topic: Functions of the polarisome in tip growth of Neurospora crassa

2006 – 2010

PhD Student, Institute of Cell Biology, The University of Edinburgh, UK
Working group: Prof. Nick D. Read
Topic: Cell communication and cell-cell fusion in Neurospora crassa

2004 – 2006

Research Assistant, Institute of Biophysics, University of Technology Dresden, DE
Working group: Prof. Petra Schwille
Topic: Fluorescence-Cross-Correlation Spectroscopy in planta

1998 – 2004

BSc/MSc Student, Faculty of Biology, University of Technology Aachen (RWTH-Aachen), DE
Majors: Plant Physiology, Immunobiology, Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering

Key Research Areas

  • Molecular cell biology of filamentous fungi
  • Microbial interactions and cell-cell communication
  • Mycoparasitism and biocontrol
  • Gene regulation of cellulase metabolism
  • Cell polarisation, hyphal morphogenesis and directional hyphal tip growth
  • Cell-Cell Fusion (Self and Non-Self Recognition)


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Other responsibilities

  • Lab organisation and management
  • Supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students
  • Organisation of the Microbiology Institute Seminar
  • Advisory board member Tenure Track Qualification Committee of UIBK
  • Operator of 


Selected Publications ›

Atanasova L, Gruber S, Lichius A., Radebner T, Abendstein L, Münsterkötter M, Stralis-Pavese N, Łabaj PP, Kreil DP, Zeilinger S. 2018 The Gpr1-regulated Sur7 family protein Sfp2 is required for hyphal growth and cell wall stability in the mycoparasite Trichoderma atroviride. Scientific Reports. 8(1). Nature


Weichert, M., Lichius, A., Priegnitz, B.E., Brandt, U., Gottschalk, J., Nawrath, T., Groenhagen, U., Read, N.D., Schulz, S. and Fleißner, A. 2016. Accumulation of specific sterol precursors targets a MPK kinase cascade mediating cell-cell recognition and fusion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 113(42):11877-11882. PNAS


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. 2015. 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


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. JCS

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