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Published on 4 May 2022
Members of the team

Team leader
Dimitris Petroutsos
PhD, CNRS Researcher - Phone: 04 38 78 41 84

I hold a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Athens, Greece. Following a post-doc in University of Muenster, Germany and in LPCV, I got a CNRS researcher position in 2014. Throughout my research, I have been interested in identifying the molecular mechanisms that photosynthetic microalgae employ to respond to different types of abiotic stresses.


Anne-Flore Deton-Cabanillas
Research Engineer, (2019-2021) - Phone: 04 38 78 23 64

In 2010, I got a Master degree in marine biology sciences (European Institute for Marine Studies, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France). Since, I have been working in several laboratories as a Research Engineer and I have been involved in different research projects such as: (i) exploration of phytoplankton diversity in estuarine samples, (ii) study of population dynamics of different Pseudo-nitzschia species in the Bay of Seine, (iii) study of Phaeodactylum tricornutum pleomorphism and characterization of ecotypes, (iv) functional characterization of histones in Arabidopsis thaliana.
I am currently working on the ANR project MetaboLIGHT which to identify molecular mechanisms, that are key to the acclimation of the green microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to changing light and carbon availabilities.

Gaelle Villain
Assistant Engineer CNRS - Phone: 04 38 78 23 64

I have a permanent CNRS position as Assistant Engineer since 2005. Until mid-2018 I worked in the lab of “Tumorigenesis mechanisms and targeted therapies” of the “Institute of Biology of Lille” on aspects of developmental biology and was specialized in early hematopoiesis and angiogenesis. I am now responsible of the technical platform of microalgae that gathers together the microalgae-related research activities of the lab and contains equipment for the maintenance and growth of algae strains, their genetic transformation and robotic replication. I am also involved in two research projects focusing on the study of the regulation of LHCSR3 gene expression in Chlamydomonas and on the identification of protein substrates of the blue light photoreceptor PHOTOTROPIN.

Marcello DeMia
Post-doc (2018-2021) - Phone: 04 38 78 23 64

I hold a PhD degree from Paris-Saclay University (Institut de biologie physico-chimique, project shared by the group of Stephane Lemaire and Francis-Andre Wollman). I got my Master degree in Biology (molecular plant physiology in the group of Paolo Trost) at Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna. I have previously focused on enzymology, redox regulation of Calvin Benson Cycle and photosynthesis regulation in response to nitric oxide and macronutrient deprivation in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. I am currently working in the HFSP project “Integrated view of photosynthetic control in algae” on the regulation of photoprotection and CCM gene expression and on the role of epitranscriptomic modifications on the fitness of Chlamydomonas cells.

Yizhong Yuan
PhD student (2018-2021) - Phone: 04 38 78 23 64

My research focus is to understand the impact of light quality on the physiology, transcriptome and metabolism of the algae Chlamydomonas, in order to identify genes or gene-networks for acclimation to different light qualities. My PhD project is part of the Origin of Life project, funded by the university of Grenoble Alpes (IDEX grant). PhD supervisors: Dimitris Petroutsos and Olivier Bastien.

Georgios Kepesidis
PhD student (2019-2022) - Phone: 04 38 78 23 64

I graduated in 2017 from the Department of Biological Applications and Technologies of the University of Ioannina, Greece (bachelor and master degree). My master thesis title was “A study of xylanase production by local strains from Epirus of the basidiomycota Trametes versicolor”.
My PhD research focuses on the identification of phototropin protein substrates in Chlamydomonas, under the supervision of Dimitris Petroutsos and John Christie. My PhD is funded by a CEA Phare PhD grant.

Photos of the team
in March 2020

From left to right: Gaelle, Anne-Flore, Georgios, Dimitris, Marcello, Yizhong.

in March 2019

From left to right: Georgios, Yizhong, Marcello, Dimitris, Gaelle, Xiaoye (photographer: Manu).