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Researchers CV

Frédéric Beisson

​CNRS researcher (PhD)

Published on 13 April 2017

Office phone: +33 4 42 25 28 97
Postal address: Institute of Biotech. and Environ. Biology, CEA Cadarache, 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), R. Lessire lab, CNRS Bordeaux


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


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


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.

Goold H, Beisson F, Peltier G, Li-Beisson Y (2015) Microalgal lipid droplets: composition, diversity, biogenesis and functions. Plant Cell Report 34:545-55.

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.

Grausem B, Widemann E, Verdier G, Nosbüsch D, Aubert Y, Beisson F, Schreiber L, Franke R, Pinot F. (2014) CYP77A19 and CYP77A20 characterized from Solanum tuberosum oxidize fatty acids in vitro and partially restore the wild phenotype in an Arabidopsis thaliana cutin mutant. Plant Cell Environment Feb 13. doi: 10.1111/pce.12298.

Cagnon C, Mirabella B, Nguyen HM, Beyly-Adriano A, Bouvet S, Cuiné S, Beisson F, Peltier G, Li-Beisson Y (2013) Development of a forward genetic screen to isolate oil mutants in the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Biotechnology for Biofuels 6:178.

Nguyen HM, Cuiné S, Beyly-Adriano A, Légeret B, Billon E, Auroy P, Beisson F, Peltier G, Li-Beisson Y (2013) The green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has a single ω-3 fatty acid desaturase which localizes to the chloroplast and impacts both plastidic and extraplastidic membrane lipids. Plant Physiology 163: 914-928.

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.

Siaut M, Cuiné S, Cagnon C, Fessler B, Nguyen M, Carrier P, Beyly A, Beisson F, Triantaphylides C, Li-Beisson Y, Peltier G (2011) Oil accumulation in the model green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: characterization, variability between common laboratory strains and relationship with starch reserves. BMC Biotechnology 11:7.

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.