Dr. Heike Aichinger

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI


1999–2005: Studies of biotechnology at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the Ecole Supérieure de Biotechnologie Strasbourg (France). Internships at Schering Pharma A.G. (Berlin), The Danish Cancer Society (Copenhagen, Denmark), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (London, Ontario, Canada).

2005: “Diplom in Biotechnologie/Diplôme d’ingénieur en biotechnologie” and “Diplôme d’études approfondies en biologie cellulaire et moléculaire” (M.Sc. in molecular and ceullular biology).

2005–2010: PhD thesis in plant biochemistry and molecular biolgoy at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich). Doctoral degree in biology (Dr. Sc. ETH) in 2010.

Since March 2010: Researcher and project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI.

Work Focus

  • Scientific-technical developments and prospective studies in biotechnology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Cell-free bioproduction


Hüsing, B.; Gruber, F. P.; Reinhold, H.; Wydra, S. (2011): Evaluation des Förderschwerpunkts Ersatzmethoden zum Tierversuch. Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI.

Reinhold, H.; Soyk, S.; Simková, K.; Hostettler, C.; Marafino, J.; Mainiero, S.; Vaughan, C.K.; Monroe, J.D.; Zeeman, S.C. (2011): Beta-Amylase-Like Proteins Function as Transcription Factors in Arabidopsis, Controlling Shoot Growth and Development. Plant Cell, 4, 1391–403.

Zeeman, S.C.; Delatte, T.; Messerli, G.; Umhang, M.; Stettler, M.; Mettler, T.; Streb, S.; Reinhold, H.; Kötting, O. (2007): Starch breakdown: recent discoveries suggest distinct pathways and novel mechanisms. Functional Plant Biology, 34, 465–473.

Fulton, D.C.; Stettler, M.; Mettler, T.; Vaughan, C.K.; Li, J.; Francisco, P.; Gil, M.; Reinhold, H.; Eicke, S.; Messerli, G.; Dorken, G.; Halliday, K.; Smith, A.M.; Smith, St.M.; Zeeman S.C. (2008): Beta-AMYLASE4 a noncatalytic protein required for starch breackdown, acts upstream of three acive beta-amylases in arabidopsis chloroplasts. Plant Cell, 20, 1040–1058.