Thomas Keller

Left to right: Thomas Keller, Hiroshi Ochiai, Dicty Meeting 2006, Santa Fe, NM, USA

Left to right:
Thomas Keller, Hiroshi Ochiai, Dicty Meeting 2006, Santa Fe, NM, USA

I am currently in my second spell as a postdoc in the Thompson lab. My work has mainly been on cell fate choice and currently I am trying to identify regulators of gene expression fluctuations.


  • Diploma in Biology, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany
  • Graduate student with Chris Lamb and Peter Doerner, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA, USA
  • Dr. rer. nat. in Biology, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Germany, Austria and UK


Parkinson, K., Baines, A.E., Keller, T., Gruenheit, N., Bragg, L., North, R.A. and Thompson, C.R.L. (2014) Calcium-dependent regulation of Rab activation and vesicle fusion by an intracellular P2X ion channel. Nature Cell Biology 16, 87-98.

Blagg, S.L., Battom, S.E., Annesley, S.J., Keller, T., Parkinson, K., Wu, J.M.F., Fisher, P.R. and Thompson, C.R.L. (2011) Cell type-specific filamin complex regulation by a novel class of HECT ubiquitin ligase is required for normal cell motility and patterning. Development 138(8), 1583-1593.

Keller, T. and Thompson, C.R.L. (2008) Cell type specificity of a diffusible inducer is determined by a GATA family transcription factor. Development 135(9), 1635-1645.

Huang, E., Blagg, S.L., Keller, T., Katoh, M., Shaulsky, G. and Thompson, C.R.L. (2006) bZIP transcription factor interactions regulate DIF responses in Dictyostelium. Development 133(3), 449-458.

Keller, T., Abbott, J., Moritz, T. and Doerner, P. (2006) Arabidopsis regulator of axillary meristems1 controls a leaf axil stem cell niche and modulates vegetative development. Plant Cell 18, 598-611.

Keller, T., Damude, H.G., Werner, D., Doerner, P., Dixon, R.A. and Lamb, C. (1998) A plant homolog of the neutrophil NADPH oxidase gp91phox subunit gene encodes a plasma membrane protein with Ca2+ binding motifs. Plant Cell 10, 255-266.

Müller, P., Ahrens, K., Keller, T. and Klaucke, A. (1995) A TnphoA insertion within the Bradyrhizobium japonicum sipS gene, homologous to prokaryotic signal peptidases, results in extensive change in the expression of PBM-specific nodulins of infected soybean (Glycine max) cells. Mol. Microbiol. 18, 831-840.