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INRA, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique

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Founded in 1946, INRA is the leading European agricultural research institute for agriculture, food and the environment. The Research Centre Angers-Nantes, encompasses the Biopolymers Interactions Assemblies Research Unit (BIA) (staff 120), renowned for its expertise in plant, biopolymer and food science. BIA is partner of Doctoral school VENAM gathering all the PhD students in plant, food & sea science.

INRA Logo - WallTraC project - PhD position - Post-doctoral position

Key competences and facilities

Plant Cell Walls & their Polysaccharides team, at the INRA centre of Nantes, is specialized in plant cell wall ultrastructure and biochemistry. INRA recruited Fanny Buffetto and Merve Kaya. INRA hosted for secondment Valérie Cornuault, Jeff Zhang, António Filipe Gomes Teixeira de Sousa, and Dhivyaa Rajasundaram. INRA organized the network-training event 6; and WallTraC symposium and provided courses in the network-training event 4.

ESRs/ERs will benefit from excellent facilities for the fractionation & characterization of plant cell walls poly/oligosaccharides and from full access to mass spectrometry, NMR & microscopy platform and to antibody production unit.

Key persons

Marie-Christine Ralet - INRA - WallTraC Project -PhD position - Post-doctoral position

Dr. Marie-Christine RALET

Scientific coordinator and supervisor of Merve Kaya

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Dr M.-C. Ralet has internationally renowned expertise in plant cell walls and pectin biochemistry. She has been involved in three EU projects and has published ˜ 70 research articles & 12 book chapters.

Alexandre Thébaud - INRA - WallTrac Project - PhD position - Post-doctoral position

Alexandre THEBAUD
Administrative and financial coordinator

Alexandre Thébaud has been involved in the coordination and dissemination of several European projects. He is particularly experienced in the coordination of research projects funded through the Framework Programme of the European Union.

Fabienne Guillon - INRA - WallTraC project - PhD position - Post-doctoral position

Dr. Fabienne GUILLON
Supervisor of Fanny Buffetto

Dr F. Guillon has an international reputation in plant cell walls and imaging. She has been involved in 5 EU projects and has published ˜ 60 research articles & 12 book chapters.

  Estelle Bonin - INRA - WallTraC project - PhD position - Post-doctoral position

Dr. Estelle BONNIN
Secondment supervisor of Jeff Zhang

Dr E. Bonnin develops her expertise on the characterisation of cell wall polysaccharides degrading enzymes and the involvement of these enzymes in organ development and in plant transformation. She has been involved in seven EU projects or COST actions and has published ˜ 50 research papers, 6 book chapters and 1 patent.

David Ropartz

Key person for the training event 6

D. Ropartz is the engineer in charge of developments and analysis in mass spectrometry of polysaccharides on the Biopolymers - Structural Biology (BiBS) platform. He is in parallel preparing a thesis on new approaches in mass spectrometry for the analysis of carbohydrates.