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Abteilung Mikrobiologie
Technische Universität München
Weihenstephaner Berg 3
D-85350 Freising

Dr. Genia Lücking

Tel. +49 8161 71 2257
Fax: +49 8161 71 4492
e-mail: genia.luecking <at > wzw.tum.de


  • since 2009 Postdoc scientist at the Unit of Microbiology, ZIEl, TU München
  • 2005 - 2009 PhD at the Unit of Microbiology, ZIEL, TU München: "Molecular characterization of cereulide synthesis in emetic Bacillus cereus"
  • 2004 Diploma thesis at the Department of Microbiology, Julius-Maximilian-University Würzburg: "Characterization of putative virulence factors in Bordetella holmseii
  • 1999-2004 studies in biology at the Julius-Maximilian-University Würzburg


Lücking G, Frenzel E, Rütschle A, Marxen S, Stark TD, Hofmann T, Scherer S, Ehling-Schulz M (2015) Ces locus embedded proteins control the non-ribosomal Synthesis of the cereulide Toxin in emetic Bacilluc cereus on multiple levels. Frontiers in Microbiologie 6:1101. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.01101.

Marxen S, Stark T, Rütschle A, Lücking G, Frenzel E, Scherer S, Ehling-Schulz M, Hofmann T (2015) Multiparametric Quantitation of the Bacillus cereus Toxins Cereulide and Isocereulides A-G in Foods. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 63(37):8307-13. doi:10.1021/acs.jafc.5b03705

Marxen S, Stark TD, Rütschle A, Lücking G, Frenzel E, Scherer S, Ehling-Schulz M, Hofmann T (2015) Depsipeptide Intermediates Interrogate Proposed Biosynthesis of Cereulide, the Emtic Toxin in Bacillus cereus. Sci Rep. 5:10637. doi:10.1038/srep10637

Marxen S, Stark TD, Frenzel E, Rütschle A, Lücking G, Pürstinger G, Pohl EE, Scherer S, Ehling-Schulz, M, Hofmann T (2015) Chemodiversity of cereulide, the emetic toxin of Bacillus cereus. Anal Bioanal Chem 407(9):2439-53. doi:10.1007/s00216-015-8511-y

Lücking G, Stoeckel M, Atamer Z, Hinrichs J, Ehling-Schulz M (2013)
Characterization of aerobic spore-forming bacteria associated with industrial dairy processing environments and product spoilage. Int J Food Microbiol166:270-279.

Stark, T., Marxen, S., Rütschle, A., Lücking, G., Scherer, S., Ehling-Schulz, M., Hofmann, T. (2013) Mass spectrometric profiling of Bacillus cereus strains and quantitation of the emetic toxin cereulide by means of stable isotope dilution analysis and HEp-2 bioassay. Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry 405:191-201. 

Frenzel, E., Doll, V., Pauthner, M., Lücking, G., Scherer, S., Ehling-Schulz, M. (2012) CodY orchestrates the expression of virulence determinants in emetic Bacillus cereus by impacting key regulatory circuits. Molecular microbiology 85:67-88. 

Witthuhn, M., Lücking, G., Atamer, Z., Ehling-Schulz, M., Hinrichs J. (2011) Thermal resistance of aerobic spore formers isolated from food products. International Journal of Dairy Technology 64:486-493. 

Dommel, M.K., Lücking, G., Scherer, S., Ehling-Schulz, M. (2011) Transcriptional kinetic analyses of  cereulide synthetase genes with respect to growth, sporulation and emetic toxin production in Bacillus cereus. Food microbiology 28:284-290. 

Lücking, G., Dommel, M.K., Scherer, S., Fouet, A., Ehling-Schulz, M. (2009) Cereulide synthesis in emetic Bacillus cereus in controlled by the transition state regulator AbrB, but not by the virulence regulator PlcR. Microbiology 155:922-931. 

Serra, D.O., Lücking, G., Weiland, F., Schulz, S., Gorg, A., Yantorno, O.M., Ehling-Schulz, M. (2008) Proteome approaches combined with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy revealed a distinctive biofilm physiology in Bordetella pertussis. Proteomics 8:4995-5010. 


Dynamic Proteome Alteration and Functional Modulation of Human Saliva Induced by Dietary Chemosensory Stimuli (2018)

Genome sequence of the novel virulent bacteriophage PMBT14 with lytic avtivity against Pseudomonas fluorescens DSM 50090 (2018)

The Novel Anaerobiosis-Responsive Overlapping Antisense to the Annotated Gene ECs2385 of Escherichia coli O157:H7 Sakai (Mai 2018)

Thermal treatment of skim milk concentrates in a novel shear-heating device: Reduction of thermophilic spores and physical properties (Febr. 2018)

A novel short L-arginine responsive protein-coding gene (laoB) antiparallel overlapping to a CadC-like transcriptional regulator in Escherichia coli O157:H7 Sakai originated by overprinting (2018)

Comparison between Listeria sensu stricto and Listeria sensu lato strains identifies novel determinants involved in infection (2017)

Denkvoraussetzungen und weltanschauliche Überzeugungen in der Biologie (2017)

Differentiation of ncRNAs from small mRNAs in Escherichia coli O157:H7 EDL933 (EHEC) by combined RNAseq and RIBOseq-ryhB encodes the regulatory RNA Ryhb and a Peptide, RyhP. (2017)

Complete circular genome sequence and temperature independent adaptation to Anaerobiosis of Listeria weihenstephanensis DSM 24698 (2017)

Discovery of numerous novel small genes in the intergenic regions of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 Sakai Genome (2017)

Spoilage of Microfiltered and Pasteurized Extended Shelf Life Milk Is Mainly Induced by Psychrotolerant Spore-Forming Bacteria that often Originate from Recontamination (2017)

Transcriptional and translational regulation by RNA thermometers, riboswitches and the sRNA DsrA in Escherichia coli O157:H7 Sakai under combined cold and osmotic stress adaptation. (2016)

Comparative Bioinformatics and Experimental Analysis of the Intergenic Regulatory Regions of Bacillus cereus hbl and nhe Enterotoxin Operons and the Impact of CodY on Virulence Heterogeneity (Mai 2016)

Acidified nitrite inhibits proliferation of Listeria monocytogenes - Transcriptional analysis of a preservation method (März 2016)

Translatomics combined with transcriptomics and proteomics reveals novel functional, recently evolved orphan genes in Escherichia coli O157:H7 (EHEC)

Evidence for the recent origin of a bacterial protein-coding, overlapping orphan gene by evolutionary overprinting (Dez. 2015).

Massive horizontal gene transfer, strictly vertical inheritance and ancient duplications differentially shape the evolution of Bacillus cereus enterotoxin operons hbl, cytK and nhe (Nov. 2015)