04 June 2017

Research Director - Senior Scientist

Genetics; plant molecular biology; cell wall integrity and susceptibility; phone: +33 4 92 38 64 51

Born in Paris (France), graduated in Toulouse (France), postdoctoral stay at the University of California, San Diego (USA) then ERC Marie Curie Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Zürich (Switzerland) before joining the University of Cologne (Germany) as an Independent Group Leader (Biologie: AG Boisson-Dernier (, Dr. Aurélien Boisson-Dernier is now an INRAE Research Director at Institut Sophia Agrobiotech) and holds an IDEX UCAJEDI Chair of Excellence at Université Côte d’Azur.

Dr. Aurélien Boisson-Dernier is passionate about the complexity of signaling pathways that the sessile plants have elaborated to grow and adapt to their ever-changing environment. His research interests focus on the role of the plant cell wall - the rigid yet flexible shell that encased plant cells - during plant development and interaction with phytopathogens. He leads an interdisciplinary project that combines molecular and cell biology, genetics, evolutionary insight, and biochemistry to comprehend how parasitic pathogens subvert plant cell walls signaling mechanisms to establish disease.

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Habilitation (with Venia legendi) from the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Faculty of the University of Cologne. Specialization: Botany (06/2020).

Doctor ès Sciences at the University Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, Toulouse, France. Specialization: Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology, with honors (03/2003).

Engineer in Agricultural Sciences (Diplôme d’Ingénieur Agronome). Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse, France. Specialization: Plant Biotechnology (09/1998).


Publication date : 13 September 2023