The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is devoted to connecting the worlds of research and industry. CEA is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas: defence and security, low carbon energies (nuclear and renewable energies), technological research for industry, fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences.

The CEA is established in nine centres throughout France. Through fundamental research in biology, physics and chemistry, the basic research division (DRF or CEA Sciences) strongly contributes to all of CEA research programs in the field of renewable and nuclear energy, to health, lasers, micro and nanotechnology. In 2017, Thomson- Reuters / Clarivate identified CEA as the most innovative public research organization in Europe.

  • Dr. Giovanni Finazzi
  • Dr. Gilles Curien

CEA will test consequences of engineering the CO2 assimilation in Nannochloropsis, Arabidopsis and Sunflower. Phenotyping will involve in vivo measurements of electron flow rates, CO2 assimilation/02 evolution and acclimation to adverse light and nutrient conditions This will enable validating the efficiency of the synthetic pathways introduced by GAIN4CROP in these organisms under controlled laboratory conditions. Phenotyping will be coupled to metabolic modelling using a home-developed software to reconstruct plant metabolism.

Relevant Expertise

The Light, Photosynthesis & Metabolism (LPM) team (lpm-research.com) of CEA Grenoble studies adaptive responses of phototrophs (microalgae-including Nannochloropsis- and plants) to environmental constraints. We are a multidisciplinary team with complementary skills (molecular biology, imaging, biochemistry, modelling) and different backgrounds (eco-physiology, cell biology, biophysics, mathematics). Our main approach is ‘next-generation physiology’ that combines photophysiology with integrative metabolism at different scales.