Titouan Bonnot, first author of Time of day prioritizes the pool of translating mRNAs in response to heat stress
Current Position: Post-doctoral research associate in the laboratory of Dr. Dawn Nagel at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
Education: Ph.D. and M.S. in Plant Biology, B.S. in Biology at the University Clermont Auvergne (UCA), France
Non-scientific interests: Hiking, drawing, crafting, listening to music, martial arts
Brief bio: I grew up in a small town in the beautiful region Auvergne (France), where nature is an inherent and essential component. Hiking in that area as a young student made me realize how plants can adjust their development to environmental constraints, imposed for example by cold and strong wind conditions. This contributed to my eagerness to learn more about how plants respond to changes in external signals and conditions. After studying the influence of nutrient availability on the wheat grain composition during my PhD, I decided to focus my postdoctoral research on the effect of heat stress. In the lab of Dr. Dawn Nagel where I work since 2018, we analyze the influence of the circadian clock and time of day on the temperature responses at different molecular levels in plants. Using large-scale biology approaches, I am fascinated to see how the clock and the timing of stress both highly contribute to the changes in gene expression and translation occurring under heat conditions.