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Francisco Cabello Hurtado
Professor of Plant Biology

University of Rennes 1 - UFR SVE (Life and Environmental Sciences
UMR-CNRS 6553 Ecosystèmes, Biodiversité, Evolution (ECOBIO)
Campus de Beaulieu B14A
263 AVE du Général Leclerc CS 74205 35042 RENNES CEDEX
tél : (0)2 23 23 50 22 from abroad, omit the (0)
fax : (0)2 23 23 50 26
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My research is directed towards the study of the physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms involved in the control of developmental plasticity and adaptation, their use as tools for the assessment of ecotoxicological risks, and their analysis as mechanisms that generate biodiversity. In this sense, I have developed two lines of research: (i) Effects of anthropogenic pollutants on plants and their adaptive response, and (ii) Genomic determinants of phenotypic innovations and adaptation.
We use genetic, functional genomics, and biochemical approaches using the model plant Arabidopsis, as well as other Brassicaceae and plant crops, to identify tolerance mechanisms to stress of anthropogenic origin.
The application of this new knowledge to the phytoremediation of soils and waters, or to the development of some agricultural produce is also part of my goals

Education and professional background
  • Bachelor of Chemical Sciences (1984-87), University of Cordoba, Spain.

  • Master of Biochemistry (1987-89), University of Granada, Spain.
    Master research project, « Effect of the consumption of amino acids on the starch production in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii ». Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Cordoba, Spain.

  • Master of Food Science and Technology (1990-93), University of Cordoba, Spaine

  • PhD (1994), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Cordoba, Spain. Supervisors: Manuel Tena Aldava and Jesús V. Jorrín Novo.
    Thesis title: « ß-1,3-Glucanases and chitinases in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Characterization and defensive role in non-host and host-specific interactions chickpea:Fusarium oxysporum ». Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, Higher Technical School of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering, University of Cordoba, Spain.

  • Postdoctoral fellow (1995-98), Cellular and Molecular Enzymology (Danièle Werck-Reichhart), Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes (IBMP-CNRS), Strasbourg, France
    Topic: « Characterization and cloning of cytochrome P450 enzymes implied in plant response to biotic and abiotic stresses ».

  • Contractual Scientist (1998-2000), Microbiology (José Ramos Ruíz), ETSIAM, University of Córdoba, Spain
    Topic: « Transport of ions and uncharged small solutes as bases of salt tolerance in fungi and plants ».

  • Associate Professor (2000), University of Rennes 1, France

  • Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (Professorial thesis) (2012), University of Rennes 1, France
    Topic: « Plant Responses to Stress: Tools for Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment ».

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