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Department of Plant Sciences


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After a PhD at the INRAE (National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment) in Nancy, France where I studied the molecular dialogue between the ectomycorrhizal fungus Laccaria bicolor and the poplar tree Populus trichocarpa, I moved to the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany in order to study the virulence program of the corn smut fungus Ustilago maydis. I have been recently awarded a Marie-Sklodowska Curie Individual European Fellowship to decipher the cyst nematode parasitic program and better understand how their pathogenicity is orchestrated.


Rocha MD, Bournaud C, Dazenière J, Thorpe P, Pellegrin C, Bailly-Bechet M, et al. Genome expression dynamics reveals parasitism regulatory landscape of the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita and a promoter motif associated with effector genes. bioRxiv. 2021;:2021.04.02.438169.


Vieira, P., Shao, J., Vijayapalani, P., Maier, T. R., Pellegrin, C., Eves-van den Akker, S., … Nemchinov, L. G. (2020). A new esophageal gland transcriptome reveals signatures of large scale de novo effector birth in the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus penetrans. BMC Genomics, 21(1), 738.


Pellegrin, C., Daguerre, Y., Ruytinx, J., Guinet, F., Kemppainen, M., dit Frey, N., Puech-Pagès, V., Hecker, A., Pardo, A., Martin, F. and Veneault-Fourrey, C. 2019Laccaria bicolor MiSSP8 is a small-secreted protein decisive for the establishment of the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis. Environmental Microbiology.


Pellegrin C, Martin, F, and Veneault-Fourrey, C.  2019.  Molecular signalling during the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis.  In Biology of the Fungal Cell, 3rd edition, The Mycota VIII (eds. Hoffmeister and Gressler); pp. 95-104.


Ma L*, Pellegrin C* & Kahmann R. Repeat-containing effectors of filamentous pathogens and symbionts. Curr. Opin. Microbiol. 2018. 10.1016/j.mib.2018.01.007 


Lanver D, Muller AN, Happel P, Schweizer G, Haas FB, Franitza M, Pellegrin C, Reissmann S, Altmuller J, Rensing SA et al. 2018. The biotrophic development of Ustilago maydis studied by RNAseq analysis. Plant Cell.


Pellegrin C, Daguerre Y, Ruytinx J, Guinet F, Kemppainen M, Plourde MB, Hecker A, Morin E, Pardo AG, Germain H et al. 2017. Laccaria bicolor MiSSP8 is a small-secreted protein decisive for the establishment of the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis. BioRxiv, doi: 10.1101/218131


Pellegrin C, Morin E, Martin FM, Veneault-Fourrey C. 2015. Comparative analysis of secretomes from ectomycorrhizal fungi with an emphasis on small-secreted proteins. Frontiers in Microbiology 6:1278

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual European Fellow
Dr Clement  Pellegrin

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Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
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