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Oliver Berkowitz

Dr Oliver Berkowitz

Adjunct Lecturer
Adjunct, Honorary and Visiting Staff (Plant Biology)

Contact details
Address
Adjunct, Honorary and Visiting Staff (Plant Biology)
The University of Western Australia (M316)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Email
oliver.berkowitz@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Oliver_Berkowitz/
Qualifications
DipBiol RU Bochum, PhD MLU Halle-Wittenberg
Biography
- 2013 ARC CoE Plant Energy Biology, UWA
- 2011 Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University
2009-2013 Research Associate, Murdoch University/UWA (Mode of Phosphite Action on the Arabidopsis/Phytophthora interaction)
- 2003-2008 Postdoc - The Australian National University, Research School of Biological Science (Molecular Characterisation of the root stress response to mechanical impedance)
- 2002-2003 Postdoc - IPK Gatersleben
- 1997-2002 PhD Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research Gatersleben/Martin-Luther University Halle/Wittenberg,Germany
(Regulation of Sulfate Assimilation by the Cysteine Synthase Complex)
- 1996-1997 MSc by research in Molecular and Cell Biology
(Analysis of the serine acetyltransferase gene family in Arabidopsis thaliana)
- 1991-1996 Study of Biology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany



Key research
Plant Molecular Biology
Primary plant metabolism
Protein/Protein Interactions
Plant nutrients(P,S)
TOR signaling
Publications
Journals (peer reviewed)

Secco, D., Shou, H., Whelan, J., and Berkowitz, O. (2014). RNA-seq analysis identifies an intricate regulatory network controlling cluster root development in white lupin. BMC genomics 15, 230.

Lambers H, Ahmedi I, Berkowitz O, Dunne C, Finnegan PM, Hardy GESJ, Jost R, Laliberté E, Pearse SJ, Teste FP: Phosphorus nutrition of phosphorus-sensitive Australian native plants: threats to plant communities in a global biodiversity hotspot. Conservation Physiology 2013, 1(1).

Hentrich M, Bottcher C, Duchting P, Cheng Y, Zhao Y, Berkowitz O, Masle J, Medina J, Pollmann S: The jasmonic acid signaling pathway is linked to auxin homeostasis through the modulation of YUCCA8 and YUCCA9 gene expression. Plant J 2013, 74(4):626-637.

Berkowitz O, Jost R, Kollehn DO, Fenske R, Finnegan PM, O’Brien PA, Hardy GESJ, Lambers H: Acclimation responses of Arabidopsis thaliana to sustained phosphite treatments. J Exp Bot 2013, 64(6):1731-1743.

Berkowitz, O., Jost, R., Pearse, S.J., Lambers, H., Finnegan, P.M., Hardy, G.E., and O'Brien, P.A. (2011). An enzymatic fluorescent assay for the quantification of phosphite in a microtiter plate format. Anal Biochem 412, 74-78.

Jost, R., Berkowitz, O., Shaw, J., and Masle, J. (2009). Biochemical characterization of two wheat phosphoethanolamine N-methyltransferase isoforms with different sensitivities to inhibition by phosphatidic acid. J Biol Chem., in press

Berkowitz, O., Jost, R., Pollmann, S., and Masle, J. (2008). Characterization of TCTP, the translationally controlled tumor protein, from Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell 20, 3430-3447.

Jost, R., Berkowitz, O., Masle, J (2007) Magnetic qRT-PCR: A high-throughput method for mRNA extraction and qRT-PCR from plant tissue. Biotechniques 43, 206-211.

Pollmann, S., Neu, D., Lehmann, T., Berkowitz, O., Schafer, T., and Weiler, E.W. (2006). Sub-cellular localization and tissue specific expression of amidase 1 from Arabidopsis thaliana. Planta 224, 1241-1253.

Kawashima, C.G., Berkowitz, O., Hell, R., Noji, M. and Saito, K. (2005) Characterization and expression analysis of a serine acetyltransferase gene family involved in a key step of the sulfur assimilation pathway in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol, 137, 220-230.

Berkowitz, O., Wirtz, M., Wolf, A., Kuhlmann, J. and Hell, R. (2002) Use of biomolecular interaction analysis to elucidate the regulatory mechanism of the cysteine synthase complex from
Arabidopsis thaliana. J Biol Chem, 277, 30629-34.

Kruger, C., Berkowitz, O., Stephan, U.W. and Hell, R. (2002) A Metal-binding Member of the Late Embryogenesis Abundant Protein Family Transports Iron in the Phloem of Ricinus communis L. J Biol Chem, 277, 25062-9.

Hell, R., Jost, R., Berkowitz, O. and Wirtz, M. (2002) Molecular and biochemical analysis of the enzymes of cysteine biosynthesis in the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Amino Acids, 22, 245-257.

Wirtz, M., Berkowitz, O., Droux, M. and Hell, R. (2001) The cysteine synthase complex from plants. Mitochondrial serine acetyltransferase from Arabidopsis thaliana carries a bifunctional domain for catalysis and protein-protein interaction. Eur J Biochem, 268, 686-93.

Jost, R., Berkowitz, O., Wirtz, M., Hopkins, L., Hawkesford, M.J. and Hell, R. (2000) Genomic and functional characterization of the oas gene family encoding O-acetylserine (thiol) lyases, enzymes catalyzing the final step in cysteine biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Gene, 253, 237-47.

Book Chapters

Berkowitz, O., Wirtz, M., Wolf, A., Kuhlmann, J. and Hell, R. (2003) Application of the BIAcore Technology for the Analysis of the Protein Interactions within the Cysteine Synthase Complex. In: Davidian J-C, Grill D, De Kok LJ, Stulen I, Hawkesford MJ, Schnug E, Rennenberg H, (eds.), Sulfur Transport and Assimilation: Regulation, Interaction and Signaling. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands

Hell, R., Jost, R., Berkowitz, O., Nebe, G. and Wirtz, M. (2000) Cellular biology and molecular regulation of primary sulphur metabolism in Arabidopsis thaliana. In: Luit J. De Kok, Dieter Grill, Malcolm J. Hawkesford, Ewald Schnug & Ineke Stulen (eds.), Plant Sulfur Research in Europe, Landbauforschung Völkenrode 218, 51-54.

Wirtz, M., Berkowitz, O. and Hell, R. (2000) Analysis of plant cysteine synthesis in vivo using E. coli as a host. In: Brunold, C., Rennenberg, H., De Kok, L.J., Stulen, I. and Davidian, J.-C. (eds.), Sulfur nutrition and sulfur assimilation in higher plants: molecular, biochemical and physiological aspects. Paul Haupt Publishers, Berne, Stuttgart,Vienna, pp. 297-298.

Conference Proceedings

Hell, R.; Berkowitz, O.; Enneking, D.; Hillebrand, H.; Jost, R.; Kronberg, K.; Krüger, C.; Schmiedeberg, L., and Wirtz, M. (2003). Macronutrient Metabolism in Crop Plants: Problems and Perspectives. Nardi, S.; Albuzio, A.; Bottacin, A.; Carden, D. E.; Concheri, G.; Ferretti, M.; Ghisi, R.; Malagoli, M., and Masi, A (Eds.) Proceedings of the XX. Convegno Nazionale, So-cietá Italiana di Chimica Agraria. Published in Padova: Universita di Padova, pp. 181-190.


Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- Council member, Australian Society of Plant Scientists (2012-2013)
Languages
- German
- English
- basic French
Memberships
American Society of Plant Biologists
Australian Society of Plant Scientists
Useful links
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (http://www.plantenergy.uwa.edu.a
Current projects
ARC Linkage Project: 'Influence of High Temperature on Phenology, Metabolism and the Fate of Axillary Buds and Inflorescences in Grapevine'
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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