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Welcome to the Institute of Molecular Evolution at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. Our main scientific interests are endosymbiosis, early evolution, the origin of life, cell evolution, genome evolution and compartmentalized energy metabolism with emphasis on chloroplasts, mitochondria, and hydrogenosomes.

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Web of Science, a database that provides citation data for many different academic disciplines, honors William Martin as "Highly Cited Researcher" due to his widely cited scientific publications.

Website: Web of Science Group

William Martins papers at Web of Science

Another analyses platform for citations is Google Scholar: Profiles for Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.


The Rheinpfalz am Sonntag, a German language regional newspaper, published an article about William Martin's latest paper in Trends in Plant Science:

Und die Erde war wüst und leer


26.09.2019 Award | Sven Gould

Sven Gould wins the FEBS National Lecture Award at the HDBMB 2019 Conference, September 25–28 2019, Lovran (Croatia).


26.08.2019 Press

Overview of attention for William Martin's article published in Trends in Plant Science, August 2019.


The Yorkshire Post, a daily newspaper published in Leeds (England), published an article about William Martin's latest paper in Trends in Plant Science:

Early life on Earth 'limited by enzyme'


22.08.2019 Press | Phys.org

Phys.org, a science, research and technology news reader, published an article about William Martin's latest paper in Trends in Plant Science:

Early life on Earth limited by enzyme


Nitrogenase inhibition limited oxygenation of Earth's proterozoic atmosphere

Trends Plant Sci (2019)

doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2019.07.007


Adaptation to life on land at high O2 via transition from ferredoxin- to NADH-dependent redox balance

Proc Biol Sci 286: 20191491 (2019)

doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1491


Westdeutsche Zeitung, one of the largest German regional daily newspaper in North Rhine-Westphalia, published an article about William Martin and the VW grant awarded to him:

Uni erforscht, wie Leben auf der Erde entstehen konnte


Rheinische Post, a major German regional daily newspaper, published an article about William Martin and the VW grant awarded to him.

Die gute Nachricht: 1,5 Millionen für Uni-Forschung


The VolkswagenStiftung will support Prof. Dr. William F. Martin in the next five years under the initiative "Life – A fresh scientific approach to the basic principles of life".

This project is in cooperation with PD Dr. Harun Tüysüz (Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Joseph Moran (Université de Strasbourg, Insitut de Science et d'Ingénierie supramoléculaires, Laboratory of Chemical Catalysis, France).

Project title: "Forming catalysts: A basic principle of deep chemistry, life chemistry and life"


Carbon-metal bonds: Rare and primordial in metabolism

Trends Biochem Sci (2019)

doi: 10.1016/j.tibs.2019.04.010


Archaeal histone contributions to the origin of eukaryotes

Trends Microbiol (2019)

doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2019.04.002


Energy metabolism in anaerobic eukaryotes and Earth's late oxygenation

Free Radic Biol Med (2019)

doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2019.03.030


Welt am Sonntag (German for World on Sunday), a German Sunday newspaper, published an article about Bill Martin and his research on the origin of life.


Members of the Institute of Molecular Evolution and pupils from Düsseldorf are on Elba to analyze the effects of plastic contamination on the marine environment. The project is supported by the HHU initiative "Bürgeruniversität in der Lehre" and documentated in a blog.


Serpentinization: Connecting geochemistry, ancient metabolism and industrial hydrogenation

Life 8: 41 (2018)

doi: 10.3390/life8040041


The last universal common ancestor between ancient Earth chemistry and the onset of genetics

PLoS Genet 14: e1007518 (2018)

doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007518


William Martin took part in the Roundtable Discussion "The Archaea-Eukaryote evolutionary pathway – Is the roadmap clear?" at the 17th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology in Leipzig, Germany.

The Roundtable Discussion was organized by Chuanlun Zhang (Southern University of Science and Technology, China), Ruixin Zhu (Tongji University, China) and Li Huang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China).


An algal greening of land

Cell 174:256–258 (2018)

doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.06.034


The Chara genome: Secondary complexity and implications for plant terrestrialization

Cell 174:448–464 (2018)

doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.06.033

Press release by HHU (in German)


Il Bo Live from the Univeristy of Padova (Italy) interviewed Bill Martin about the first organism on Earth:

Com'era fatto il primo organismo mai vissuto sulla Terra?

(Text in Italian, Video in English)


The Archbishop of Berlin, Dr. Heiner Koch, held the laudatio to the laureate, Prof. William Martin, at the award ceremony of the Klüh Prize in the Hotel Adlon (Berlin). Dr. Koch's laudatio and Prof. Martin's acceptance speech are available on the website of the Archdiocese of Berlin (in German).


Rheinische Post, a major German regional daily newspaper, published an article about William Martin and the Klüh Prize 2018 awarded to him.


Westdeutsche Zeitung, one of the largest German regional daily newspaper in North Rhine-Westphalia, published an article about William Martin and the Klüh Prize 2018 awarded to him.


William Martin recieves the 2018 Award of the Klüh Foundation for the Promotion of Innovation in Science and Research


Embryophyte stress signaling evolved in the algal progenitors of land plants

Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (2018)

doi: 10.1073/pnas.1719230115


10.04.2018 Graduation | Cessa Rauch

Cessa Rauch successfully finished her doctorate with the thesis entitled

"Plastid longevity in sacoglossan sea slugs".


Eukaryote lateral gene transfer is Lamarckian

Nat Ecol Evol (2018)

doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0521-7


Native metals, electron bifurcation, and CO2 reduction in early biochemical evolution

Curr Opin Microbiol 43: 77–83 (2018)

doi: 10.1016/j.mib.2017.12.010


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Institutsleitung

Prof. Dr. William F. Martin

Molekulare Evolution
Heinrich-Heine-Universität
Düsseldorf
Universitätsstraße 1
Gebäude: 26.13
Etage/Raum: 01.34
Tel.: +49 211 81-13011

Sekretariat

Renate Bode

Gebäude: 26.13
Etage/Raum: 01.36
Tel.: +49 211 81-14932
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