Eva H. Stukenbrock



  • Fellow
  • Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities


  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
  • Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel
Department of Environmental Genomics


  • Germany


PhD programme (PhD), ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Master programme (MSc), University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Bachelor Programme (BSc). University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Eva H. Stukenbrock is interested in the ecological interactions and co-evolution of fungi and plants.

Her research addresses the population genetics of mutualistic fungi in natural and managed ecosystems. 

She has used the plant pathogenic fungus Zymoseptoria tritici as a model to study pathogen evolution and her research group integrates computational biology with experimental and molecular approaches to study mechanisms of host specialization of plant pathogens.  More recently, she has begun to investigate the consequences of domestication and agriculture on the composition and function of the wheat microbiome, with particular focus on fungal endophytes.

Stukenbrock leads the Kiel Plant Center, an initiative to strengthen plant sciences in North Germany, and is vice-chair of Kiel Evolution Center, which aims to promote and integrate research and teaching in evolutionary biology.


Max Planck Fellow, 2014

ETH medal for an outstanding PhD dissertation, 2007

L’Oreal-UNESCO national award for women in science, 2008

Relevant Publications

Möller M, Schotanus K, Soyer J, Haueisen J, Happ K, Stralucke M, Happel P, Smith KM, Connolly LR, Freitag M, Stukenbrock EH. Destabilization of chromosome structure by histone H3 lysine 27 methylation. Plos Genetics, Accepted

Habig M, Kema G, Stukenbrock E. Meiotic drive of female-inherited supernumerary chromosomes in a pathogenic fungus. Elife. 2018

Stukenbrock EH and Dutheil JY. 2018. Comparison of fine-scale recombination maps in fungal plant pathogens reveals dynamic recombination landscapes and intragenic hotspots. Genetics 208.3: 1209-1229

Möller, M and Stukenbrock EH. 2017. Evolution and genome architecture in fungal plant pathogens. Nature Reviews Microbiology: 15.12: nrmicro-2017

Stukenbrock EH, Christiansen FB, Hansen TH, Dutheil JY, Schierup MH. 2012. Fusion of two divergent fungal individuals led to the recent emergence of a new widespread pathogen species. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 109(27), 10954-10959.