My research interest is focused on cereal genomics and evolution. Using different approaches such as comparative analysis and NGS technologies, I mainly investigated the structural changes which occurred during the evolution of these complex plant genomes. I am also involved in the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) in order to produce and characterize the first reference sequence of hexaploid wheat genome.
At KAUST, I will work on the ’10 Wheat Genomes Project’ aiming to produce ten high-quality genomes for the characterization of the diversity among different wheat cultivars and to establish a ‘pan-genome’.
Yates, S., Mikaberidze, A., Krattinger, S.G., Abrouk, M., Hund, A., Yu, K., Studer, B., Fouche, S., Meile, L. and Pereira, D. (2019) Precision phenotyping reveals novel loci for quantitative resistance to septoria tritici blotch. Plant Phenomics 2019, 3285904.
International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (Subgenome comparative analyses group: Choulet, F., Spannagl, M., Lang, D., Abrouk, M., Haberer, G., Keeble-Gagnère, G., Mayer, K., Wicker T.) (2018) Shifting the limits in wheat research and breeding using a fully annotated reference genome. Science 361.
Keeble-Gagnere, G., Rigault, P., Tibbits, J., Pasam, R., Hayden, M., Forrest, K., Frenkel, Z., Korol, A., Huang, B.E., Cavanagh, C., Taylor, J., Abrouk, M., Sharpe, A., Ru, Z. and Appels, R., et al. (2018) Optical and physical mapping with local finishing enables megabase-scale resolution of agronomically important regions in the wheat genome. Genome Biology 19, 112.
Rey, E., Abrouk, M., Keeble-Gagnere, G., Karafiatova, M., Vrana, J., Balzergue, S., Endo, T.R., Bartos, J., Appels, R., and Dolezel, J., et al. (2018). Transcriptome reprogramming due to the introduction of a barley telosome into bread wheat affects more barley genes than wheat. Plant Biotechnol J.
Abrouk, M., Balcárková, B., Dolezel, J., and Valarik, M. et al. (2016). The in silico identification and characterization of a bread wheat/Triticum militinae introgression line. Plant Biotechnol J.
Abrouk, M. Zhang, R., Murat, F. Salse, J.,et al. (2012) Grass microRNA Gene Paleohistory Unveils New Insights into Gene Dosage Balance in Subgenome Partitioning after Whole Genome Duplication. Plant Cell, 24(5):1776-92.
Abrouk, M. et al. (2010) Palaeogenomics of plants: synteny-based modelling of extinct ancestors. Trends Plant Sci, 15, 479-487.
International Brachypodium Initiative (Salse J, Abrouk M, Murat F group referenced as the Comparative Genomics leader) (2010) Genome Sequencing and Analysis of the Model grass Brachypodium distachyon Nature, 463(7282):763-768.
Argout, X., Salse, J., Aury, J.M., Guiltinan, M.J., Droc, G., Gouzy, J., Allegre, M., Chaparro, C., Legavre, T., Maximova, S.N., Abrouk, M., Lanaud, C. et al. (2010) The genome of Theobroma cacao. In Nature Genetics.
Salse, J., Abrouk, M., Waugh, R., Close, T.J., Messing, J. and Feuillet, C. (2009) Reconstruction of monocotelydoneous proto-chromosomes reveals faster evolution in plants than in animals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106, 14908-14913.
2009 – 2012: Ph. D. in Bioinformatics and Plant Genomics. Blaise Pascal University (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
2006 – 2008: Master Degree in Bioinformatics. University of Montpellier II (Montpellier, France)
2005 – 2006: Bachelor of Biological Sciences. Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland)
2003 – 2005: Bioengineering in Agronomic Sciences. University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (Lyon, France)
2017 - present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
2013 - 2017: Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Experimental Botany, Olomouc, Czech Republic
2008 - 2009: Engineer, INRA GDEC, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Scientific and Professional Membership
2015 - present: Coordinating Member of International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium.
Prof. Simon Krattinger's Group
CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture
BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division