Justine Braguy

PhD Students

Ph.D. Student



Research Interests

Focusing on strigolactone, a plant hormone that is stimulating shoot branching as well as symbiosis interaction with mycorrhiza fungi, I am trying to understand the biology linked to this hormone in rice Nipponbare using CRISPR-mediated gene editing to generate SL-deficient rice mutants. 
I am also trying to approach SL in a biotechnological point of view, by trying to engineer several tools that will facilitate the study of this hormone for the scientific community. I am using especially Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and rice protoplasts as main chassis. 


  • B.Sc. equivalent in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
  • M.Sc. in Structural Biology. Engineering diploma in Biotechnology, specialized in Synthetic Biology 

Professional Profile

    KAUST Affiliations

    Prof. Salim Al-Babili's Group

    CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

    BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

    Research Interests Keywords

    Plant Biology Strigolactones Synthetic biology