Dr Susana Rivas, DR2 CNRS, group leader
Susana did her PhD in the University of the Basque Country (Spain) working on bacterial conjugation. After her PhD, she moved to the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich (UK) where she spent six years as a postdoc in the group of Jonathan Jones. During her postdoc, Susana investigated the function of the tomato Cf-9 protein and its role in defence response activation and specific recognition of the Avr9 peptide from the fungal pathogen Cladosporium fulvum. In 2003, she was recruited as a CNRS researcher. Since then, Susana studies the transcriptional regulation of Arabidopsis defence and associated hypersensitive cell death responses to pathogen attack and, more recently, the interplay between plant immune and developmental signaling pathways.
Dr Corinne Audran, CR INRA
Corinne obtained her PhD at INRA Versailles, working in the group of Annie Marion-Poll on the regulation of abscisic acid biosynthesis during seed development and in response to drought stress. She gained further knowledge on seed development during a post-doctoral stay in the group of Loic Lepiniec. Corinne joined the GBF lab (Genomics and Fruit Biotechnology) in 2001 as an INRA researcher. She investigated the hormonal control of tomato fruit development focusing on repressors of the auxin signaling pathway (Aux/IAA gene family). In 2015, Corinne joined Susana Rivas at the LIPM to elucidate the protective roles of transcriptional regulators of plant defence expressed during early seed development in Arabidopsis thaliana.
Céline Vicedo, IE CNRS
Céline was recruited as IE2 CNRS in December 2001 at the « Evolution and Biological Diversity » in Toulouse. After two years spent as a secondary school teacher on Life Sciences, she joined our group in 2016. Céline contributes to different projects with her skills in molecular biology, sequencing, genotyping, transcriptomics and proteomics.
Rémi de Marchi, PhD student
Having obtained a Master degree in Plant Biosciences at the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, Rémi started a PhD at Maynooth University (Ireland) in 2014. His PhD project is co-supervised by Emmanuelle Graciet (Maynooth University, Ireland) and Susana Rivas. He investigates novel roles of the N-end rule pathway, a subset of the ubiquitin-proteasome system that relates the in vivo half-life of a protein to the identity of its N-terminal amino acid residue, on the control of the plant response to pathogen attack.
Nolwenn Guéguen, PhD student
With a degree from INSA (Toulouse) in Biochemical Engineering, Nolwenn carried out a Master II internship in our group. Following this training period, she initiated a PhD funded by the BAP INRA Division and the Occitanie Region and co-supervised by Corinne Audran and Susana Rivas. Nolwenn’s PhD project aims at better understanding the protective roles of certain plant defence regulators during seed development.
Dr Heba Ibrahim, postdoctoral fellow
During her PhD, Heba worked in a collaborative project between USDA-ARS in Maryland (USA) and Cairo University (Egypt) and studied the interaction between soybean and root knot nematodes. She was next awarded a Fullbright post-doctoral fellowship in the University of Maryland to explore alternative splicing events in Arabidopsis thaliana. Since 2017, she is an Associate Professor of Genetics at the Faculty of Agriculture in Cairo University. Thanks to a post-doctoral fellowship from the Embassy of France in Egypt/Institut Français d’Egypte and the Science and technology Development Fund, she joined our team in order to investigate defence-related transcriptional reprogramming in Arabidopsis.
Josef Oliver, Erasmus student
A biology student from Manchester University (United Kingdom), Joe has a particular interest on plant–pathogen interactions. As part of his university training, he has chosen our group for a one-year ERASMUS placement.