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Published on 27 March 2020
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).

Former members

Xiaoye Guo
Xiaoye joined the team (November 2018-April 2019) as a fellow of China Scholarship Council. She is a master 2 student in the Center for Microalgal Biotechnology and Biofuels, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China, under the supervision of Prof. Danxiang Han. During her stay in the lab she aimed to explore the function and regulation of membrane lipids in photosynthetic microalgae, and the correlation between dynamics of galactolipids and photoprotective mechanisms.

Marius Arend
Master 2 exchange student (September to December 2018). Marius is a master student on Bioinformatics of University of Potsdam, Germany. He worked for three months on the role of acetate on the metabolome and on genome-wide gene expression in Chlamydomonas

Laura Turchi
Master 1 student, Plant-Int Master program, February-Mars 2019. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Bologna, and is currently following the Plant-Int master program in plant molecular biology between the University of Milan (Italy) and University of Grenoble-Alpes (France). She did her first internship of Plant-Int in the “Sensing and Signalling in Microalgae” team of LPCV, where she explored the link between phototaxis and photoprotection.

Angeliki Tsichla
Research Engineer (2018). Angeliki is a Chemist holding a PhD in Industrial Chemistry from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. During her stay in LPCV she worked on the link between carbon metabolism and photoprotection as well as on the role of light quality on gene expression and carbon partitioning.

Aguila Ruiz Sola
Post-doc (2016-2018). Aguila got her PhD in plant molecular biology from CRAG, Barcelona, Spain. After a post-doc in ETH Zurich she joined LPCV to work on the link between carbon metabolism and photoprotection and on the phototropin-dependent signaling in Chlamydomonas. She is now following a post-doc in the group of Elena Monte in CRAG, Barcelona.