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Dr Clement Pellegrin

Research Associate
Dr Clement Pellegrin
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 748979



After a BSc in Microbiology and a MSc in Microbial Ecology at the University of Lyon (France), I did a PhD in Plant and Forest Science at the INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research) of Nancy (France). I studied the molecular dialogue involved in the establishment of the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis between the soil-borne fungus Laccaria bicolor and the poplar tree (Populus trichocarpa), combining both bioinformatic and molecular approaches.

I then moved to the Kahmann’s lab at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany in order to study the virulence program of the corn smut fungus Ustilago maydis using transcriptomics.

In February 2020, I have been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Fellowship to study the cyst nematodes parasitic program and decipher how their virulence is orchestrated. 

Key Publications

  • 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


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