Oriana Sanchez

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department for Life Science Systems
TUM School of Life Sciences
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Phone: +49.8161.71.3587
Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail: oriana.sanchez[at]tum.de

Curriculum vitae

02/2019- present PhD student at the Chair of Terrestrial Ecology Department of Ecology and Ecosystem management Technische Universität München, Freising (Germany) under the supervision of Dr. S. Zytynska and Prof. W. Weisser. Topic: The functional relevance of multitrophic interactions in a cereal crop system.
10/2016- 06/2018 M. Sc. Landscape Ecology and Nature conservation Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, Greifswald (Germany). Thesis: Challenges or opportunities: A case study of using DNA barcoding in the sclerotia and plasmodial stages of Myxomycetes developing from subtropical moist chamber cultures.
08/2017- 09/2018 Internship molecular biology Research group of special Botany, Institute of Botany, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, Greifswald (Germany).
08/2009- 06/2015 B. Sc. Biology University of Tolima, Ibagué (Colombia).
09/2010- 06/2015 Ed-cational guide and research assistant Part time, Botanical Garden San Jorge, Ibague (Colombia).
04/2012- 06/2012 Laboratory assistant Part-time, Research group of Biotechnology and Plant tissue culture, University of Tolima, Ibagué (Colombia).

Research interest

  • Ecological interactions  through  diverse biotic and abiotic factors
  • Beneficial plant associations
  • Plant growth -microorganisms
  • Agroecology and nature conservation
  • Plant genetics and molecular biology


Plant- microbe- invertebrate interactions – The functional relevance of tritrophic interactions in a cereal crop system, DFG (2018-2021).



  • Nguyen, Linh Thuy Thi; Sanchez-Mahecha, Oriana; Almadrones-Reyes, King Joshua; Redeña-Santos, John Carlo; Dagamac, Nikki Heherson A.: Occurrence of leaf litter inhabiting myxomycetes from lowland forest patches of Northern and Central Vietnam. Tropical Ecology 60 (4), 2019, 495-506 more…


Shchepin, O. N., N. H. Dagamac, O. M. Sanchez, Y. K. Novozhilov, M. Schnittler and I. V. Zemlyanskaya. DNA barcoding as a tool for identification of plasmodia and sclerotia of myxomycetes (Myxogastria) appearing in moist chamber cultures. Mycosphere 8 (10), 2017, 1904-1913. DOI:10.5943/mycosphere/8/10/13 

Conference Talks and Poster


Acyl-homoserine lactones, earthworms, and soil nutrients alter the effect of microbe-mediated aphid pest suppression on barley.  Sanchez O, Klink S, Rothballer M, Heinen Robin Zytynska S. Ecology Across Borders, BES virtual annual meeting. December 12-15, 2021.


Abiotic factors alter the effect of microbe-mediated plant growth promotion and suppression of sap-sucking herbivores. Sanchez O, Klink S, Rothballer M, Heinen Robin, Weisser WW, Zytynska S, Entomology 2020, ESA's Virtual Annual Meeting. November 11-25, 2020.


The functional relevance of tritrophic interaction in cereal crop system.  Sanchez O &  Zytynska S.  Final meeting COST, phytobiomes and plant health: from basics to application. Thessaloniki, Greece January 2019. Second place in best poster award.

Multi-trophic interactions influence the effect of beneficial microbes on plant growth and pest suppression. Sanchez O, Klink S, Rothballer M, Schröder P, Weisser WW, Zytynska S. German Ecological Society annual meeting GFÖ. Münster, Germany, September 9-13, 2019.