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Fabienne Cléard-Karch
Assistante de recherche / Research Assistant

Fabienne experiences a long-lasting and fruitful career at the University of Geneva where she studied Biology and obtained the “Certificat de Biologie Moléculaire” in the group of Pierre Spierer in 1988. Her taste for the model organism Drosophila and for chromatin research led her to follow the group of Pierre at the station de Zoologie in Malagnou where she obtained her PhD in 1993. In 2000, she joined the group of François Karch as a research assistant to work on the homeotic genes of the bithorax complex in Drosophila. She recently changed topic and department to join the lab of Marie Barberon.

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Jian Pu Han
Post-doctorant / Postdoctoral Researcher

Jian-Pu obtained his Bachelor degree from Henan Agricultural University in 2012. Afterwards, he moved to China Agricultural University (CAU) for his PhD and to continue the study of plant sciences. Between 2015 and 2018, he joined Prof. Joerg Kudla’s German group in University of Münster for 3-year joint PhD training. During the PhD, Jian-Pu focused on the study of calcium and phosphorylation dependent activation of NADPH oxidase RBOHF. In January 2019, Jian-Pu obtained his Doctoral degree in CAU. In May 2019, Jian-Pu came to Europe again and joined the Barberon lab as a postdoctoral researcher to study the suberin plasticity and its function in plant adaptation to nutrients.

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Léa Jacquier
Assistante-Doctorante / PhD Student

Léa studied Plant Biology at the University of Lyon I in France, where she obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degree. During her studies, she carried out two projects. The first one took place at the Reproduction and Plant Development Laboratory (ENS Lyon, France) in floral morphogenesis team working on a transcriptional monitoring of flavonoids biosynthesis and prickles initiation in Old Blush. For her master thesis, she performed a characterization of the chromatin 3D organization at single-gene resolution in A. thaliana, in the laboratory of Ueli Grossniklaus, in Stefan Grob’s group (Zurich, Switzerland). In 2019, she started her PhD in our lab, studying the symplastic pathway in the differentiated root. 

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Linnka Legendre
Adjointe scientifique / Scientific Adjoint

Linnka studied Cellular and Molecular Genetics at the University of Paris XI-Orsay. Then she did her PhD at the Institut de Biochimie et Génétique Cellulaires of Bordeaux, on the mitochondrial biogenesis in the yeast S. cerevisiae (1998-2001). From 2002-2007, she did a postdoc with Jean-David Rochaix in Geneva, on chloroplast biogenesis in the alga C. reinhardtii. Then she worked as a technical staff scientist with Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont in Geneva on Chloroplast Molecular Genetics in C. reinhardtii (2007-2017). In 2018, she joined the lab of Marie Barberon as a scientific adjoint.

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Priya Ramakrishna
Post-doctorante / Postdoctoral Researcher

Priya studied Engineering in Biotechnology from BMS College of Engineering, India after which she moved to the UK and completed her Masters in Plant Genetics at the University of Nottingham. Her Master's dissertation was in the lab of Prof Zoe Wilson on Agrobacterium mediated transfomation of MALE STERILITY 1 genes in Lillium species by tissue culture transformation. She went on to pursue a PhD in Plant Developmental Biology at the University of Nottingham in the lab of Prof. Ive De Smet (currently at VIB-UGent Centre for Plant Systems Biology) and Prof. Malcolm Bennett. Her research looked at the cell wall remodelling associated with the early stages of lateral root development in Arabidopsis. She did a short postdoc in the in the lab of Prof. David Salt looking at Casparian strip formation in the root and its role in plant nutrition. She is currently studying the symplastic transport of nutrients in the plant root in the context of the barriers and the interaction between the different nutrient transport pathways. 

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Kevin Robe
Post-doctorant / Postdoctoral Researcher

Kevin studied agronomy in Vetagro-Sup engineer school in Clermont Ferrand, in France. For his master, he moved to the lab Biochimie et physiologie moléculaire des plantes in Montpellier in the team of Dr Christian DUBOS where he worked on a transcription factor regulating iron homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana. He then pursue a PhD in plant biology in the same team, under the supervision of Dr Christian DUBOS and Dr Esther IZQUIERDO ALEGRE. During his PhD, he worked on coumarins localization and dynamic in Arabidopsis thaliana roots. He also investigated the role of coumarins in iron acquisition. He joined the Plant Nutrition and Development group of Prof. Marie Barberon as a postdoc in March 2021. He studies the transcellular pathway for nutrient transport in Arabidopsis thaliana roots.

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Vinay Shukla
Post-doctorant / Postdoctoral Researcher

After completing his Master’s degree in Biotechnology from South Gujarat University (India), Vinay took up a research associate job at Mahyco Seeds Ltd. (India) with major focus to generate stress tolerant tailor-made cereal crops using tissue culture-based transformation methods. In pursuit of his academic career, he left the job and joined the Ph.D. program at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Sciences, Pisa, Italy under the supervision of Prof. Francesco Licausi (Currently at Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford University). He was awarded a doctorate degree in January 2018, and his doctoral research included the investigation of oxygen as diffusible signal-regulating plant growth. The work demonstrated the occurrence of endogenous hypoxia during lateral root development despite the aerobic plant growth and the role of hypoxia-responsive group VII ethylene response factor (ERF-VII) in the regulation of lateral root development. In October 2018, he joined the Plant Nutrition and Development group of Prof. Marie Barberon as a postdoc. Currently, he is studying the molecular factors involved in this regulation of suberin lamellae in response to nutrient imbalance.

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