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Dr. Alexander Wagner

Trainee Patent Attorney

PhD in Microbiology, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg; M.Sc. in molecular and cellular biology at the Philipps-University Marburg and the Max-Planck Institute, Marburg



Alexander joined the Freiburg office of Maucher Jenkins in February 2021, where he is currently working towards qualification as a German and European Patent Attorney.


Alexander graduated with a Master’s degree in molecular and cellular biology at the Philipps-University Marburg and the Max-Planck Institute, Marburg in 2013. In 2017, he completed his doctorate in microbiology with distinction at the Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg. Thereafter, Alexander worked as research associate at the Biozentrum of the University Basel, Switzerland.


During his time at university, Alexander obtained extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in bacterial pathology, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry and biophysics. He is most familiar with genetic engineering (molecular cloning techniques, mutational approaches); diverse bacterial and cell cultivation methods; protein production (e.g. Toxins, Nanobodies) and extraction (FPLC); as well as protein characterization (e.g. Surface Plasmon Resonance, Microscale Thermophoresis, Differential Scanning Fluorimetry).


Interests outside work


Alexander enjoys hiking and running, as well as reading books and playing board games.



“Insights into synthesis and function of KsgA/Dim1-dependent rRNA modifications in archaea” Nucleic Acids Research, gkaa1268, 2021. R Knüppel, C Trahan, M Kern, A Wagner, F Grünberger, W Hausner, TEF Quax, SV Albers, M Oeffinger, and  S Ferreira-Cerca.

“Species-specific recognition of Sulfolobales mediated by UV-inducible pili and S-layer glycosylation patterns” Mbio 11 (2)2, 2020. M van Wolferen, A Shajahan, K Heinrich, S Brenzinger, IM Black, A Wagner, A Briegel, P Azadi, and SV Albers.

“Role of distinct Type‐IV‐secretion systems and secreted effector sets in host adaptation by pathogenic Bartonella species” Cellular Microbiology, e1300413, 2019. A Wagner, and C Dehio.

“Versatility of the BID domain: Conserved function as type-IV-secretion-signal and secondarily evolved effector functions within Bartonella-infected host cells” Frontiers in Microbiology 10, 9216, 2019. A Wagner, C Tittes, and C Dehio.

“Mechanisms of gene flow in archaea” Nature Reviews Microbiology 15 (8), 492-50157, 2017.

A Wagner, RJ Whitaker, DJ Krause, JH Heilers, M Van Wolferen, C van der Does, and SV Albers.

“A conserved hexanucleotide motif is important in UV-inducible promoters in Sulfolobus acidocaldarius” Microbiology 163 (5), 7787, 2017. TN Le, A Wagner, and SV Albers.

“The archaeal Ced system imports DNA” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (9), 2496-250144, 2016. M van Wolferen, A Wagner, C van der Does, and SV Albers.

“Peptidoglycan-binding protein TsaP functions in surface assembly of type IV pili” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (10), E953-E96157, 2014. K Siewering, S Jain, C Friedrich, MT Webber-Birungi, DA Semchonok, I Binzen, A Wagner, S Huntley, J Kahnt, A Klingl, EJ Boekema, L Sogaard-Andersen, C van der Does.

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