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Researchers CV

Frédéric Beisson

​ Principal Investigator at the CNRS

Published on 5 June 2018

Office phone: +33 4 42 25 28 97
Postal address: Biosciences and Biotechnologies Institute of Aix-Marseille (BIAM), CEA Cadarache, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France.


B.S. Biochemistry (1993), Aix Marseille University
M. S. Microbiology and Cellular Biology (1995), Aix Marseille University
Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1999), R. Verger lab, Aix Marseille University
Research Associate (2001-2008), J. Ohlrogge lab, Michigan State University
CNRS Researcher (2008-2009), LBM, CNRS Bordeaux


2007 Anton Lang Award for outstanding research associate (US Department of Energy/MSU)


  1. Biosynthesis of hydrocarbons (alkanes, alkenes) in microalgae
  2. Metabolism of membrane and storage acyl-lipids in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
  3. Biosynthesis and function of plant lipid polyesters (cutin, suberin)


Sorigué D, Légeret B, Cuiné S, Blangy S, Moulin S, Billon E, Richaud P, Brugière S, Couté Y, Nurizzo D, Müller P, Brettel K, Pignol D, Arnoux P, Li-Beisson Y, Peltier G, Beisson F. (2017) An algal photoenzyme converts fatty acids to hydrocarbons. Science 357:903-907.

Kong F, Liang Y, Légeret B, Beyly-Adriano A, Blangy S, Haslam RP, Napier JA, Beisson F, Peltier G, Li-Beisson Y (2017) Chlamydomonas carries out fatty acid β-oxidation in ancestral peroxisomes using a bona fide acyl-CoA oxidase. The Plant Journal 90:358-371.

Pineau E, Xu L, Renault H, Trolet A, Navrot N, Ullmann P, Légeret B, Verdier G, Beisson F, Pinot F. (2017) Arabidopsis thaliana EPOXIDE HYDROLASE1 (AtEH1) is a cytosolic epoxide hydrolase involved in the synthesis of poly-hydroxylated cutin monomers. New Phytologist 215:173-186.

Sorigué D, Légeret B, Cuiné S, Morales P, Mirabella B, Guédeney G, Li-Beisson Y, Jetter R, Peltier G, Beisson F (2016) Microalgae Synthesize Hydrocarbons from Long-Chain Fatty Acids via a Light-Dependent Pathway. Plant Physiology 171:2393-405.

Goold HD, Cuiné S, Légeret B, Liang Y, Brugière S, Auroy P, Javot H, Tardif M, Jones B, Beisson F, Peltier G, Li-Beisson Y (2016) Saturating Light Induces Sustained Accumulation of Oil in Plastidial Lipid Droplets in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Physiology 171:2406-17.

Jakobson L, Lindgren LO, Verdier G, Laanemets K, Brosché M, Beisson F, Kollist H (2016) BODYGUARD is required for the biosynthesis of cutin in Arabidopsis. New Phytologist 211:614-26.

Légeret B, Schulz-Raffelt M, Nguyen HM, Auroy P, Beisson F, Peltier G, Blanc G, Li-Beisson Y (2015) Lipidomic and transcriptomic analyses of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii under heat stress unveil a direct route for the conversion of membrane lipids into storage lipids. Plant Cell Environment 39:834-47.

Li-Beisson Y, Beisson F, Riekhof W (2015) Metabolism of acyl-lipids in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. The Plant Journal 2015 Feb 7. doi: 10.1111/tpj.12787.

Ménard R, Verdier G, Ors M, Erhardt M, Beisson F, Shen WH (2014) Histone H2B monoubiquitination is involved in the regulation of cutin and wax composition in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant and Cell Physiology 55:455-466.

Beisson F, Li-Beisson Y, Pollard M (2012) Biosynthesis of cutin and suberin: solving polymeric puzzles. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 15:329-337.

Beisson F, Ohlrogge J (2012) Plants: Knitting a polyester skin. Nature Chemical Biology 8:603-4.

Yang W, Pollard M, Li-Beisson Y, Beisson F, Feig M, Ohlrogge J (2010) A distinct type of glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase with sn-2 preference and phosphatase activity producing 2-monoacylglycerol. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 107:12040-12045.

Li-Beisson Y, Pollard M, Sauveplane V, Pinot F, Ohlrogge J, Beisson F (2009) Nanoridges that characterize the surface morphology of flowers require the synthesis of cutin polyester. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 106:22008-22013.