Wolfgang Busch

Associate Professor
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Integrative Biology Laboratory

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - News


Salk Institute initiative to receive more than $35 million to fight climate change

LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute’s Harnessing Plants Initiative to combat climate change using plants, led by Professor Joanne Chory, executive director of the Harnessing Plants Initiative, will receive funding of more …

A better dye job for roots—in plants

LA JOLLA—(June 1, 2017) Once we start coloring our hair, we may be surprised to learn that we begin to have a problem in common with plant biologists: finding the …

Helping plants pump iron

Seedlings (bottom) and roots (top) of Arabidopsis thaliana plants reveal that one variant of the FRO2 gene (right) is better for growth in low-iron conditions than the other FRO2 variant (left).

Salk Institute hires star scientists in plant biology and cancer research

LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute is pleased to welcome Wolfgang Busch as an associate professor and Edward Stites as an assistant professor, leaders of plant science and cancer research, respectively.

“Salk’s mission …


Diploma, Biology, University of Tübingen, Germany 2004
PhD, Biology, University of Tübingen, Germany 2009

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 Society for Experimental Biology President's Medal 2015
  • 2014 Annals of Botany Lecture; ICAR 2014; Vancouver; Canada

  • 2013 Genome Web Young Investigator, GenomeWeb Intelligence Network, USA
  • 2009 Doctoral thesis award, Reinhold-und-Maria-T eufel Foundation, Germany
  • 2008 PhD summa cum laude, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 2004 PhD - Fellowship of the Cusanuswerk, Germany