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Giovanni Finazzi

Giovanni Finazzi
Light-Photosynthesis & Metabolism (LP&M) team leader
PhD, CNRS Research Director
17 avenue des Martyrs
38 054 Grenoble cedex 09
Phone: 04 38 78 41 84
Fax: 04 38 78 50 91

Giovanni Finazzi has published more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals.
His main interest is understanding the function and the regulation of the photosynthetic machinery in vivo. During his career, he has focused on the modulation of photosynthetic electron flow and carbon assimilation, the mechanisms of light acclimation, on the regulation of ion homeostasis in the chloroplast and on the dynamics of energetic interactions between the chloroplast and the mitochondria in plants and green algae.
More recently he has focused on the physiology of photosynthesis in marine organisms, pinpointing their molecular response to nutrient and light stress.

Education current position
Research positions
2009: Research Director CNRS, UMR 5168, CEA Grenoble, France
2001-2008: Researcher CNRS, UMR 7141 Institut de Biologie Physico Chimique, Paris
1997-2001: Junior researcher, Instituto di Biofisica CNR, Milano, Italy

1996-1997: Post Doc at the Institut de Biologie Physico Chimique, Paris, with Prof. Pierre Joliot and Dr Francis André Wollman.
1996: PhD at the University of Milan, Italy. PhD Director: Prof. Giorgio Forti.
1991: “laurea” thesis (Master 2) in Biological sciences, University of Milan, Italy. Supervisor: Prof. Giorgio Forti.

Significant publications (since 2010)
- 25 invited seminars and conferences since 2010.
- Highlighted publications since 2010:

Flori S, Jouneau PH, Bailleul B, Gallet B, Estrozi LF, Moriscot C, Bastien O, Eicke S, Schober A, Bartulos CR, Maréchal E, Kroth PG, Petroutsos D, Zeeman S, Breyton C, Schoehn G, Falconet D and Finazzi G
Plastid thylakoid architecture optimizes photosynthesis in diatoms.
Nature Communications, 2017, 8: Article number 15885

Petroutsos D, Tokutsu R, Maruyama S, Flori S, Greiner A, Magneschi L, Cusant L, Kottke T, Mittag M, Hegemann P, Finazzi G and Minagawa J
A blue-light photoreceptor mediates the feedback regulation of photosynthesis.
Nature, 2016, 537(7621): 563-566

Bailleul B, Berne N, Murik O, Petroutsos D, Prihoda J, Tanaka A, Villanova V, Bligny R, Flori S, Falconet D, Krieger-Liszkay A, Santabarbara S, Rappaport F, Joliot P, Tirichine L, Falkowski PG, Cardol P, Bowler C and Finazzi G*
Energetic coupling between plastids and mitochondria drives CO assimilation in diatoms.
Nature, 2015, 524(7565): 366-369

Nagy G, Unnep R, Zsiros O, Tokutsu R, Takizawa K, Porcar L, Moyet L, Petroutsos D, Garab G, Finazzi G* and Minagawa J
Chloroplast remodeling during state transitions in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as revealed by non-invasive techniques in vivo.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2014, 111(13): 5042-5047

Allorent G, Tokutsu R, Roach T, Peers G, Cardol P, Girard-Bascou J, Seigneurin-Berny D, Petroutsos D, Kuntz M, Breyton C, Franck F, Wollman FA, Niyogi KK, Krieger-Liszkay A, Minagawa J and Finazzi G
A dual strategy to cope with high light in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
Plant Cell, 2013, 25(2): 545-557

Carraretto L, Formentin E, Teardo E, Checchetto V, Tomizioli M, Morosinotto T, Giacometti GM, Finazzi G* and Szabo I
A thylakoid-located two-pore K
+ channel controls photosynthetic light utilization in plants
Science, 2013, 342(6154): 114-118

Checchetto V, Segalla A, Allorent G, La Rocca N, Leanza L, Giacometti GM, Uozumi N, Finazzi G, Bergantino E and Szabo I
Thylakoid potassium channel is required for efficient photosynthesis in cyanobacteria.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012, 109(27): 11043-11048

Terashima M, Petroutsos D, Hudig M, Tolstygina I, Trompelt K, Gabelein P, Fufezan C, Kudla J, Weinl S, Finazzi G and Hippler M
Calcium-dependent regulation of cyclic photosynthetic electron transfer by a CAS, ANR1, and PGRL1 complex.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012, 109(43): 17717-17722

Reiland S, Finazzi G, Endler A, Willig A, Baerenfaller K, Grossmann J, Gerrits B, Rutishauser D, Gruissem W, Rochaix JD and Baginsky S
Comparative phosphoproteome profiling reveals a function of the STN8 kinase in fine-tuning of cyclic electron flow (CEF).
Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2011, 108(31): 12955-12960

Bailleul B, Rogato A, de Martino A, Coesel S, Cardol P, Bowler C, Falciatore A* and Finazzi G*
An atypical member of the light-harvesting complex stress-related protein family modulates diatom responses to light.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2010, 107(42): 18214-18219

Joliot PA and Finazzi G
Proton equilibration in the chloroplast modulates multiphasic kinetics of nonphotochemical quenching of fluorescence in plants.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2010, 107: 12728-12733

* corresponding author

Teaching and management
Direct supervision of 17 students and post docs (7 master students, 7 PhD students and 3 post docs).
Several national and international grants, of which the following are ongoing:
- Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (ANR) “DiaDomOil; studying optimisation of microalgal biomass productions for biofuel applications”. Period: 2012-2015. Budget: 330 000
- Marie Curie ITN network “AcclPhot; Investigating short-term acclimation mechanisms to changes in light conditions in plants and microalgae”. Period: 2012-2016. Budget: 258 000
- HFSP project “Photosynthetic light utilisation and ion fluxes: Making the link. Period: 2015-2018. Budget 300 000 €.

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