Dimitris Petroutsos

Team leader

2023-: Associate Professor in Plant Physiology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

2014-2023: CNRS Researcher, tenured (CNRS; French Scientific Research Center)

2012-2014: Postdoctoral fellow, Cell and Plant Physiology Lab, CEA Grenoble, France.

2007-2012: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Muenster, Germany.

2007: Visiting PhD scientist, Arizona State University, USA.

Photosynthetic microalgae are constantly exposed to a wide range of abiotic stresses: from nutrient, carbon dioxide or oxygen limitation, to exposure to excess light, up to exposure to anthropogenic xenobiotics. In all cases the cells need to maintain their homeostasis; for that, sophisticated cellular mechanisms have evolved that provide protection and stress tolerance. Throughout my research, I have been interested in identifying the molecular mechanisms that photosynthetic microalgae employ to respond to different types of abiotic stresses and to elucidate the underlying signalling pathways.

Angeliki Tsichla

Postdoctoral fellow

A chemist by training, I hold an MSc in Catalysis and a PhD in Industrial Chemistry.
My true passion, however, is Chlamydomonas biology, especially the sophisticated mechanisms Chlamydomonas uses to acclimate to excess light conditions.

Mohamad Wahidi

PhD student

I completed my undergrad at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, where I specialised in cellular biology. I also hold two master degrees, one in molecular developmental biology and evolution, and the other in synthetic biology which I completed at Sorbonne Université and Université Paris-Saclay respectively. In my PhD project ‘CO2NTROL’ I am investigating the molecular signalling role of CO2 in Chlamydomonas in regulating genome-wide gene expression in the presence or absence of light. I am also interested in Astrobiology, science communication, different sports but mainly triathletism, different kinds of outdoor activities, and much more 🙂

Maria Jimenez Palma

PhD student

I am a Biotechnologist with environmental interests. Currently doing PhD at the start-up CASCADE ( in partnership with CEA. I am studying the effects of light quality modulators and filters on different photosynthetic organisms (Chlamydomonas and Spirulina) with a focus on the production of compound of biotechnological interest. I am located in CEA Cadarache, under the local supervision of Gatien Fleury. Fond of mobility.

Former members

Yizhong Yuan, PhD student (2018-2022) and postdoctoral fellow (2022-2023). Now postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, California, USA.

Georgios Kepesidis, PhD student (2019-2022), now postdoctoral fellow at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, California, USA.

Xiaoye Guo, MSc student, (11.2018-04.2019), China Scholarship Council fellow.

Marius Arend, MSc visiting student (Sept to Dec 2018), now PhD student in the lab of Zoran Nikoloski, University of Potsdam, Germany.

Laura Turchi, MSc student, Plant-Int Master program, Feb-Mars 2019.

Angeliki Tsichla, Research Engineer (2018).

Aguila Ruiz Sola, Post-doctoral fellow (2016-2018).

Gaëlle Villain, Assistant Engineer CNRS (2018-2022).

Marcello De Mia, Postdoctoral fellow (2018-2021).

Anne Flore Deton Cabanillas, Research Engineer (2019-2021).

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