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Department of Plant Sciences


Research group


Research Overview 

Caroline Bournaud holds a master's degree in Functional Biology in Plants and PhD in Microbiology and Parasitology in 2012 from the University of Montpellier (France). She was awarded a PhD grant from CIRAD research center (Montpellier, France) to study the biodiversity and symbiotic affinity of rhizobia associated with Brazilian legume tree species.
After completing her PhD, she received a mobility postdoctoral grant "Science without Borders" from 2013 to 2017 to conduct her research at Embrapa (Brasilia, Brazil). Her project was to identify by interactomic approaches effector proteins from the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita capable of modifying the plant's immune system.
Since 2020, as Marie Curie fellow, she pursues her research on M. incognita to decrypt the regulatory mechanisms of nematode parasitism. She is associated to the plant-parasitic interactions group of Dr. Sebastian Eves-van den Akker and currently hosts at the Microbiology, Adaptation & Pathogeny of University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France).

Key Publications

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Marie Curie Research Fellow
Caroline Bournard

Contact Details

Email address: 
Crop Science Centre,
Lawrence Weaver Road,
01223 342200