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Moussa Benhamed

Assistant Professor, Plant Science‚Äč

Research Interests

Plants have developed sophisticated ways to adapt to diverse biotic and abiotic stresses that would otherwise compromise their survival. DNA sequence polymorphisms are one strategy, but it may not suffice to provide ample leverage upon which the environment can select because point mutation based processes may be too slow to permit adequate adaptation. Thus, the success of photosynthetic eukaryotes likely is achieved by the adaptive dynamics and reversibility of regulatory epigenetic mechanisms on gene expression patterns. As such, plants represent an excellent system for exploring these mechanisms. The objective of our team is to better understand the role of chromatin remodeling and epigenetic regulation in plant stress response.

Selected Publications

Ariel F, Jegu T, Latrasse D, Romero-Barrios N, Christ A, Benhamed M, Crespi M. "Noncoding transcription by alternative RNA polymerases dynamically regulates an auxin-driven chromatin loop." Mol Cell. 2014 Aug 7;55(3):383-96. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2014.06.011. Epub 2014 Jul 10.

The BAF60 subunit of the SWI/SNF chromatin-remodeling complex directly controls the formation of a gene loop at FLOWERING LOCUS C in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. 2014 Feb;26(2):538-51. doi: 10.1105/tpc.113.114454. Epub 2014 Feb 7.

.Multiple functions of Kip-related protein5 connect endoreduplication and cell elongation. Plant Physiol. 2013 Apr;161(4):1694-705. doi: 10.1104/pp.112.212357. Epub 2013 Feb 20.

Education Profile

Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etude (EPHE), Paris in 2009

Professional Profile