Moritz Jonathan Schmidt

PhD student




I’m particularly interested in placozoan genetics and transcriptomics. As part of the GRAVIPLAX-Project, I’m investigating the effect of gravity on placozoan gene activity (particularly cell polarity genes) and behavior. By combining ground-based facilities for simulations of microgravity and hypergravity with molecular genetic and bioinformatic tools, this approach potentially offers new insights on the architecture and maintenance of a multicellular body plan.


  • Grimm, E.; Pflugfelder, D.; Hahn, J.; Schmidt, M.J.; Dieckmann, H.; Knoche, M.: Spatial heterogeneity of flesh-cell osmotic potential in sweet cherry affects partitioning of absorbed water. In: Horticulture Research 7 (2020), Nr. 1, 51.
  • Grimm, E.; Hahn, J.; Pflugfelder, D.; Schmidt, M.J.; van Dusschoten, D.; Knoche, M.: Localized bursting of mesocarp cells triggers catastrophic fruit cracking. In: Horticulture Research 6 (2019), Nr. 1, 79.
  • Ostermann AI, Waindok P, Schmidt MJ, Chiu C-Y, Smyl C, Rohwer N, et al. (2017) Modulation of the endogenous omega-3 fatty acid and oxylipin profile in vivo—A comparison of the fat-1 transgenic mouse with C57BL/6 wildtype mice on an omega-3 fatty acid enriched diet. PLoS ONE 12(9): e0184470.
Moritz Jonathan Schmidt