Gabriele Fiene

Research Group Staff

Research Specialist




Research Interests

Research topics: 
Quinoa domestication and phenotyping around the world
Salinity tolerance of wild tomatoes (grafting, crossing) and wild barley
Domestication of wild rice and Salicornia
Research approaches:
Field trials with Quinoa plants around the world in different environments (soil, temperature, day-length)
Greenhouse work (grafting and crossing, salt treatments with different equipment on different plant species)

Selected Publications

  • Johansen, K., Morton, M., Malbeteau, Y., Aragon, B., Al-Mashharawi, S., Ziliani, M., Angel, Y., Fiene, G., Negrão, S., Mousa, M., Tester, M., McCabe, M. (2019) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-Based Phenotyping Using Morphometric and Spectral Analysis Can Quantify Responses of Wild Tomato Plants to Salinity Stress, Frontiers in Plant Science 10, DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00370
  • Melino, V.J., Fiene, G., Enju, A., Cai, J., Buchner, P., Heuer, S. (2015) Genetic diversity for root plasticity and nitrogen uptake in wheat seedlings Functional Plant Biology 42(10) 942-956
  • Balcerowicz, M., Ranjan, A., Rupprecht, L., Fiene, G., Hoecker U. (2014) Auxin represses stomatal development in dark-grown seedlings via Aux/IAA proteins. Development 141(16): 3165-76. doi: 10.1242/dev.109181
  • Rolauffs S., Fackendahl P., Sahm J., Fiene G., Hoecker U. (2012) Arabidopsis COP1 and SPA genes are essential for plant elongation but not for acceleration of flowering time in response to a low red light to far-red light ratio. Plant Physiol. 160(4): 2015-27. doi: 10.1104/pp.112.207233
  • Ranjan, A., Fiene, G., Fackendahl, P., Hoecker, U. (2011) The Arabidopsis repressor of light signaling SPA1 acts in the phloem to regulate seedling de-etiolation, leaf expansion and flowering time. 
  • Development 138(9): 1851-62 


  • State certification as a biological technical assistant, Cologne
  • Private College Rheinische Akademie, Cologne
  • Stress Management Training, Essen, Germany
  • Trade certification as a Horticulturist, Düsseldorf
  • Vocational school for diets and domestic economy with certificate, Cologne 

Professional Profile

  • 2015-2020: Research Specialist, Lab manager, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012-2015: Research Officer, Lab manager, ACPFG, Waite Campus, Adelaide, Australia
  • 2006-2012: Biological technical assistant, Lab manager, Bio-center, University Cologne, Germany
  • 2004-2006: Biological technical assistant, Lab manager, Stanford University, USA
  • 1996-2004: Biological technical assistant, Lab manager, Botanical Institute, University Cologne, 
  • Germany
  • 1994-1996: Max-Planck-Institute Cologne, Horticulture+ BTA, Germany

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • [ISHS] International Society for Horticultural Science <> 

Research Interests Keywords

Salinity tolerance Domestication Field trails Crop wild relatives