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Cindy Ast


Ph.D. in Biophysics, joint Ph.D. program between the Department of Physical Chemistry of the University of Potsdam, the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam and the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, Graduation, 2013

Current position

Postdoctoral Researcher at Carnegie Institution for Science, Plant Biology Department, Stanford, CA, USA


  1. Haupt, J., Deichsel, A., Stange, K., Ast, C., Bocciardi, R., Ravazzolo, R., Di Rocco, M., Ferrari, P., Landi, A. and Kaplan, F. S. (2014). ACVR1 p. Q207E causes classic fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva and is functionally distinct from the engineered constitutively active ACVR1 p. Q207D variant. Hum Mol Genet: ddu255.
  2. Ast, C. and Draaijer, A. (2014). Oxygen sensing in plants. In: Low Oxygen Stress in Plants. Springer.
  3. Wang, Q., Zhao, Y., Luo, W., Li, R., He, Q., Fang, X., De Michele, R., Ast, C., von Wirén, N. and Lin, J. (2013). Single-particle analysis reveals shutoff control of the Arabidopsis ammonium transporter AMT1; 3 by clustering and internalization. P Nat Acad Sci 110(32): 13204-13209.
  4. De Michele, R., Ast, C., Loqué, D., Ho, C.-H., Andrade, S. L., Lanquar, V., Grossmann, G., Gehne, S., Kumke, M. U. and Frommer, W. B. (2013). Fluorescent sensors reporting the activity of ammonium transceptors in live cells. Elife 2.
  5. Ast, C., Schmälzlin, E., Löhmannsröben, H.-G. and van Dongen, J. T. (2012). Optical oxygen micro-and nanosensors for plant applications. Sensors 12: 7015-7032.
  6. Shen, Q., Little, S. C., Xu, M., Haupt, J., Ast, C., Katagiri, T., Mundlos, S., Seemann, P., Kaplan, F. S. and Mullins, M. C. (2009). The fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva R206H ACVR1 mutation activates BMP-independent chondrogenesis and zebrafish embryo ventralization. J Clin Invest 119(11): 3462-3472.
Protocols by Cindy Ast
  1. Quantification of Extracellular Ammonium Concentrations and Transporter Activity in Yeast Using AmTrac Fluorescent Sensors