Lars Hennig

Last changed: 14 December 2021

Lars Hennig's Lab

We are sad to inform that Professor Lars Hennig recently passed away. We lost an excellent scientist, a very appreciated college and friend.

Lars was a member of the department since 2010 and contributed substantially to the departmental development and the scientific output. We are very grateful for the time that we got together with Lars and we will miss him very much.

In case of requests concerning material you can contact Professor Claudia Köhler (


We are interested in composition and function of chromatin as a basic regulatory element of plant development and physiology.

Our research is funded by the SLU, the Knut och Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the VR, FORMAS and the Carl Tryggers Stiftelse.


2016-01-13: Walid's paper on the identification of H3K36ac accepted by Plant Physiology. Congratulations!

2015-11-25: Iva was awarded an establishment grant. Congratulations!

2015-10-01: Masha's and Saher's paper on the HDA19-MSI1 complex and its function to mitigate ABA signalling accepted by the Plant Cell. Congratulations!

2015-08-03: Iva's paper on CAF-1 and priming accepted by Nature Plants. Congratulations!

2014-09-09: 2014 Hennig and Köhler groups' lab excursion - an entertaining guided tour in the local brewery. Thank you, Jordi for arranging this!

2014-08-05: Welcome Shujing Liu as a new group member.

2014-03-31: Good bye Walid and good luck for the future!

2014-03-01: Welcome Juhyun "Jo" as new group member.

2013-09-25: Masha passed her PhD defense. Congratulations!

2013-09-06: Masha submitted her thesis. Good luck with the defense!

2013-09-06: 2013 Hennig and Köhler groups' lab excursion - a fun day of kayaking in Öregrund. No one tipped over! Thank you, Jordi for arranging this!

2013-05-30: Walid passed his defense. Congratulations!

2013-05-17: Masha's paper on PRC2 accepted by the EMBO Journal. Congratulations!

2013-05-10: Walid has submitted his thesis. Good luck with the defense!

2013-01-23: Lab ice skating event on the lake at Fjällnorra.

2012-12-11: Raya's paper on DNA accessibilty published in Nature Communuications. Congratulations!







Members of the group

Dr. Iva Mozgova
Dr. Matthew Gentry
Dr. Miyuki Nakamura
Dr. Juan Santos-González
Cecilia Wärdig
Dr. Jennifer de Jonge
Dr. Shujing Liu
Minerva Trejo
Dr. Rafael Muñoz
Lejon Kralemann

Former members

Selected publications

Mehdi, S., Derkacheva, M., Ramström, M., Kralemann, L., Bergquist, J., Hennig, L. (2016) The WD40 Domain Protein MSI1 Functions in a Histone Deacetylase Complex to Fine-Tune Abscisic Acid Signaling. Plant Cell doi: 10.1105/tpc.15.00763 (PUBMED)

Mahrez, W., Shin J1, Muñoz-Viana, R., Figueiredo, D.D., Trejo-Arellano, M.S., Exner, V., Siretskiy, A., Gruissem, W., Köhler, C, Hennig, L. (2016) BRR2a Affects Flowering Time via FLC Splicing. PLoS Genetics e1005924. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005924. (PUBMED)

Mozgová, I., Wildhaber, T., Liu, Q., Abou-Mansour, E., L’Haridon, F., Métraux, J.P., Gruissem, W., Hofius, D., Hennig, L. (2015) Chromatin assembly factor CAF-1 represses priming of plant defence response genes. Nature Plants DOI: 10.1038/NPLANTS.2015.127 (PUBMED)

Pi, L., Aichinger, E., van der Graaff, E., Llavata-Peris, C.I., Weijers, D., Hennig, L., Groot, E., Laux, T. (2015) Organizer-derived WOX5 signal maintains root columella stem cells through chromatin-mediated repression of CDF4 expression. Developmental Cell 33, 576-588 (PUBMED)

Shen, X, de Jonge, J, Forsberg, S, Pettersson, M, Sheng, Z, Hennig, L, Carlborg, Ö. (2014) Natural CMT2 variation is associated with genome-wide methylation changes and temperature adaptation. PLoS Genetics 10, e1004842 (PUBMED) (Open Access)

Shu H, Nakamura M, Siretskiy A, Borghi L, Moraes I, Wildhaber T, Gruissem W, Hennig L (2014) Arabidopsis replacement histone variant H33 occupies promoters of regulated genes Genome Biolology 15: R62 (PUBMED)(Open Access)

Derkacheva M, Steinbach Y, Wildhaber T, Mozgová I, Mahrez W, Nanni P, Bischof S, Gruissem W, Hennig L (2013) Arabidopsis MSI1 connects LHP1 to PRC2 complexes EMBO Journal 32:2073-85 (PUBMED)

Kradolfer D, Hennig L, Köhler C (2013) Increased Maternal Genome Dosage Bypasses the Requirement of the FIS Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 in Arabidopsis Seed Development PLoS Genetics 9: e1003163 (PUBMED)(Open Access)

Shu, H, Wildhaber T, Siretskiy A, Gruissem W, Hennig L (2012) Distinct modes of DNA accessibility in plant chromatin Nature Communications 3:1281 (PUBMED)

Weinhofer I, Hehenberger E, Roszak P, Hennig L, Köhler C (2010) H3K27me3 profiling of the endosperm implies exclusion of Polycomb group protein targeting by DNA methylation PLoS Genetics 6: e1001152 (PUBMED) (Open Access)

Aichinger E, Villar CB, Farrona S, Reyes JC, Hennig L, Köhler C (2009) CHD3 proteins and Polycomb group proteins antagonistically determine cell identity in Arabidopsis PLoS Genetics 5: e1000605 (PUBMED) (Open Access)

Exner V, Taranto P, Schonrock N, Gruissem W, Hennig L (2006) Chromatin assembly factor CAF-1 is required for cellular differentiation during plant development Development 133: 4163-4172 (PUBMED)

Schönrock N, Bouveret R, Gruissem W, Hennig L (2006) Polycomb Group proteins repress the floral activator AGL19 in the FLC-independent vernalization pathway Genes & Development 20: 1667-1678 (PUBMED)


Flowering Highlights

JXB - Flowering Newsletter

BBA - Gene Regulatory Mechanisms - Special issue "Plant gene regulation in response to abiotic stress"


The Journal of Experimental Botany

BBA - Gene Regulatory Mechanisms

Current Plant Biology - Now open for submission of manuscripts!