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Fouad Lemtiri-Chlieh

​Research Scientist
Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interests

My role within the Center for Desert Agriculture will be to work in parallel with the Salt lab members, to investigate the molecular and functional strategies used by plants to adapt and thrive in extreme weather and soil conditions. We use Electrophysiology (TEVC and patch clamp) ‘in planta’ or ‘in heterologous expression systems’ (e.g., Xenopus Oocytes and Mammalian cells such as HEK293).

Selected Publications

•    K. Shahzad, M. Rauf, M. Ahmed, Z. A. Malik, I. Habib, Z. Ahmed, K. Mahmood, R. Ali, K. Masmoudi, F. Lemtiri-Chlieh, C. Gehring, G. A. Berkowitz & N. A. Saeed. Functional characterisation of an intron retaining K+ transporter of barley reveals intron-mediated alternate splicing. Plant Biology, Vol 17, Issue 4, 840-851 (2015)
•    F. Lemtiri-Chlieh, R. Ali. Characterization of heterologously expressed transporter genes by patch- and voltage-clamp methods: Application to cyclic nucleotide-dependent responses. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1016, pp. 67-93 (2013)
•    F. Lemtiri-Chlieh, L. Zhao, D. D. Kiraly, B.A. Eipper, R.E. Mains, E.S. Levine. Kalirin-7 is necessary for normal NMDA receptor-dependent synaptic plasticity. BMC Neuroscience 12:126 (2011)
•    D.D. Kiraly, F. Lemtiri-Chlieh, E.S. Levine, R.E. Mains, B.A. Eipper. Kalirin binds the NR2B subunit of the NMDA receptor, altering its synaptic localization and function. Journal of Neuroscience, 31:12554-12565 (2011)
•    S.J. Chamberlain, P-F. Chen, K.Y. Ng, F. Bourgois-Rocha, F. Lemtiri-Chlieh, E.S. Levine, M. Lalande. Induced pluripotent stem cell models of the genomic imprinting disorders Angelman and Prader-Willi syndromes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107:17668-17673 (2010)

Education Profile

  • 1990 Ph.D., Cellular Biology, Université Claude Bernard Lyon I - France (UCBL)
  • 1986 MSc, Differentiation, Genetics and Immunology, UCBL
  • 1985 BS, Physiology (Neurosciences major), UCBL​

Professional Profile

  • Nov 2014 : joined the CDA (see detail of research aims outlined above)
  • 2010 – 2014: role of nucleotide cyclases and their products (cAMP and cGMP) in plant biotic and abiotic stresses (BioMolecular laboratory, BESE, KAUST, KSA)
  • 2004 – 2010: physiologic roles of endogenous cannabinoids and brain-derived neutrophic factor in synaptic plasticity (University of Connecticut Health Center, USA)
  • 2001 – 2004: Molecular and electrophysiological characterization of plant cyclic nucleotide gated channels (Dept. of Plant Science, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut, USA)
  • 1991 – 2001: Identification of the ionic and molecular signalling mechanisms, involved in stomatal closure (Dept. of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK)​

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • The American Society of Plant Physiologists (ASPP)
  • The Society for Neuroscience (SfN)