Olaf Czarnecki

Biosciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Telephone : (865) 576-3472
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Olaf Czarnecki

Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • Ph.D., Plant Physiology, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, 2010
  • Dipl.-Biol, Plant Physiology, Ecology, and Animal Physiology, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, 2003

Research Interests:

  • Research focus on plant signaling networks within several projects of the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) and Plant Microbe Interface (PMI).

Recent Publications:

  • Rohrlack, T., Christoffersen, K., Hansen, P.E., Zhang, W., Czarnecki, O., Henning, M., Fastner, J., Neilan, B.A. & Kaebernick, M. (2003): Isolation, characterization and quantitative analysis of microviridin L, a new Microcystis metabolite toxic to Daphnia. J. Chem. Ecol. 29: 1757- 1770.
  • Czarnecki, O., Henning, M., Lippert, I. & Welker, M. (2006): Identification of peptide metabolites of Microcystis (Cyanobacteria) that inhibit trypsin-like activity in planktonic herbivorous Daphnia (Cladocera). Environm. Microbiol. 8: 77–87.
  • Shalygo, N., Czarnecki, O., Peter, E. & Grimm, B. (2009): Expression of chlorophyll synthase is also involved in feedback-control of chlorophyll biosynthesis. Plant Mol. Biol. 71: 425–436.
  • Richter, A., Peter, E., Pörs, Y., Lorenzen, S., Grimm, B. & Czarnecki, O. (2010): Rapid dark repression of 5-aminolevulinic acid synthesis in green barley leaves. Plant Cell Physiol. 51: 670–681.
  • Czarnecki, O., Peter, E. & Grimm, B. (2010): Metabolic analysis of tetrapyrrole biosynthesis in tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) leaves: Determination 5-aminolevulinic acid synthesis rate and steady-state levels of porphyrins and Mg porphyrins. J. Endocyt. Cell Res. 20: 113- 119.
  • Czarnecki, O., Hedtke, B., Melzer, M., Rothbart, M., Richter, A., Schroeter, Y., Pfannschmidt, T. & Grimm, B. (2011): An Arabidopsis GluTR binding protein mediates spatial separation of 5-aminolevulinic acid synthesis in chloroplasts. Plant Cell 23: 4476–4491.
  • Czarnecki, O. & Grimm, B. (2012): Post-translational control of tetrapyrrole biosynthesis in plants, algae, and cyanobacteria. J. Exp. Bot. 63: 1675–1687.
  • O. Czarnecki, C. Glässer, J.-G. Chen, K.F.X. Mayer & B. Grimm (2012): Evidence for a contribution of ALA synthesis to plastid-to-nucleus signaling. Front. Plant Sci. 3, 236.
  • C.A. Albus, A. Salinas, O. Czarnecki, S. Kahlau, M. Rothbart, W. Thiele, W. Lein, R. Bock, B. Grimm & M.A. Schöttler (2012): LCAA, a novel factor required for Mg protoporphyrin monomethylester cyclase accumulation and feedback-control of aminolevulinic acid biosynthesis in tobacco. Plant Physiol. 160, 1923-1939.
  • O. Czarnecki & B. Grimm (2012): New insights in the topology of the biosynthesis of 5-aminolevulinic acid. Plant Signal. Behav. 8: e23124.
  • O. Czarnecki, J. Yang, D.J. Weston, G.A. Tuskan & J.-G. Chen (2013): A dual role of strigolactones in phosphate acquisition and utilization in plants. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14: 7681-7701.

Book chapters:

  • Czarnecki, O., Peter, E. & Grimm, B. (2011): Methods for analysis of photosynthetic pigments and steady-state levels of intermediates of tetrapyrrole biosynthesis. Meth. Mol. Biol. 775: Chloroplast Research in Arabidopsis: Methods and Protocols (ed. P. Jarvis), Springer Science and Business Media, Vol. 2, 357–385.

My Curriculum Vitae