Ambre Guillory: The Plant Cell First Author

Ambre Guillory, co-first author of “The Physcomitrium (Physcomitrella) patens PpKAI2L receptors for strigolactones and related compounds function via MAX2-dependent and independent pathways”

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at LIPME (INRAE-CNRS Toulouse)

Education: PhD in Plant Biology, Université Paris-Saclay, France; MSc in Plant Sciences, Université Paris VII, France; BSc Cell Biology and Physiology, Université Paris VII, France

Non-scientific Interests: gardening, baking pastries, riding rollercoasters, playing board games

Brief bio: During my undergraduate internships and doctoral thesis in the team of Catherine Rameau at the IJPB (INRAE Versailles, France), I investigated how the strigolactone hormonal signal is transduced in the model bryophyte Physcomitrium patens. Our research progressively extended to understanding how the mysterious KL (KAI2-ligand), the putative tenth phytohormone, induces profound developmental responses in this moss. During these four years, I took part in the identification of diverse molecular players acting in transducing these two signals. Additionally to this keen interest in evo devo approaches, I am also passionate about exploring interspecific relationships involving plants. Thus, after getting my PhD I started my first postdoctoral fellowship on root nodule symbiosis on Medicago truncatula, in the team led by Fernanda de Carvalho-Niebel at the LIPME. There, I am exploring how Sinorhizobium meliloti cells are reprogrammed during the very first steps of host infection.