Renate Scheibe has been a Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Osnabrück since 1990. After studying pharmacy at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and obtaining her licence to practice as a pharmacist in 1973, she continued her studies in Munich, and in Bayreuth after 1975, where she completed her doctorate in 1978. During her time as a scientific assistant at the Department of Plant Physiology at the University of Bayreuth, she also received a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research for one year at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1984 she received her habilitation in botany in Bayreuth, and received permission to teach as a private lecturer. Before moving to Osnabrück, she worked at the same chair in Bayreuth as a Senior Academic Councillor. Renate Scheibe offers lectures in the fields of plant physiology, basic and secondary metabolism, autecology and the molecular principles of regulatory mechanisms. The main interest of her research work focuses on the flexible adaptation of energy metabolism to stress, and on the molecular mechanisms for the maintenance of redox homeostasis.
In addition to her research and teaching activities, Renate Scheibe was Dean of the Faculty of Biology/Chemistry at the University of Osnabrück, where she was also Director of the Botanical Garden from 1994 to 1999. She was an active member of the Boards of the Conference of Biological Departments (Konferenz Biologischer Fachbereiche) and of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB), and acted as spokesperson of the Plant Physiology Section of the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG). She was awarded the Corresponding Member Award of the American Society of Plant Biology (ASPB) in 2015, and became an honorary member of the German Society for Plant Sciences in 2017. Renate Scheibe worked as a reviewerfor the DFG from 1996 to 2004. She was active as subject editor at Physiologia Plantarum (1998-2006), and remains a member of its Editorial Board. She is also an active member of the Editorial Boards of PeerJ and AoB Plants.
Renate Scheibe has been a member of the “German Research Ombudsman” Committee appointed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2017.
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