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Axel de Zelicourt

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Heribert Hirt

Research Interests

Since my PhD, my research interests are mainly focused on how plants respond and adapt to abiotic stresses with a special emphasis on MAP kinases and transcription factors. Over the past 6 years, I worked with Arabidopsis thaliana and the legume model plant Medicago truncatula, combining molecular, biochemical and physiological approaches to conduct my experiments. My work in Kaust will be dedicated on discovering rhizosphere microbes that can help the plant model Arabidopsis thaliana to survive in extreme environmental conditions and to characterize the molecular mechanisms occurring on the plant side during this type of interaction.

Selected Publications

  • Danquah A., de Zelicourt A., Boudsocq M., Frei dit Frey N., Leonhardt N., Pateyron S., Gwinner F., Marcote M.J., Hirt H., Colcombet J. An ABA-activated MAP kinase cascade regulates drought tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. under revision (the three first authors have equally contributed to this work).
  • Danquah A., de Zelicourt A., Colcombet J., Hirt H. The role of ABA and MAPK signaling pathways in plant abiotic stress responses. Biotechnol Adv. 2013 Oct 1. doi: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2013.09.006.
  • de Zelicourt A., Al-Yousif M., Hirt H. Rhizosphere microbes as essential partners for plant stress tolerance. Molecular Plant, 2013, 6(2), 242-245 .
  • Zahaf O., Blanchet S., de Zélicourt A., Alunni B., Plet J, de Lorenzo L., Imbeaud S., Ichanté J.-L., Diet A., Badri M., Zablaza A., Gonzalez E., Delacroix H., Gruber V., Frugier F. and Crespi M. An ERF transcription factor linked to salt adaptation of root growth in Medicago truncatula. Molecular Plant; 2012, 5(5), 1068-1081 (the three first authors have equally contributed to this work).
  • de Zélicourt A, Diet A, Marion J, Laffont C, Ariel F, Moison M, Zahaf O, Crespi M, Gruber V, Frugier F. Dual involvement of a Medicago truncatula NAC transcription factor in root abiotic stress response and symbiotic nodule senescence. Plant Journal 2012, 70(2), 220-230.

Education Profile

  • 2005-2008   PhD in Molecular Plant Biology, Laboratoire de Biologie et Pathologie Végétales, Université de Nantes (France). Supervisors: Prof. Philippe Delavault, Dr. Séverine Thoiron.
  • 2003-2005   M. Sc. in Plant Molecular Biology, Laboratoire de Biologie et Pathologie Végétales, Université de Nantes (France). Supervisors: Prof. Philippe Delavault.
  • 2000-2003   B.Sc. in Biology, Université René Descartes Paris V (France).

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