Dr Jean Marie Francois
Jean Marie Francois received his PhD in Agronomy and Biological Chemistry from The Catholic University of Louvain La Neuve in 1988. After several post-doctoral periods in USA (North Carolina State University), France (Université de Bordeaux II et CNRS Gif sur Yvette), Brazil (University Sao Paulo) and University Louvain La Neuve, he became full professor at the Institute National des Sciences Appliquées, Federal University of Toulouse in 1993 and reached the exceptional class in 2009. Since then, he created and still manages two research groups (about 25 persons including two associate professors, four senior researchers, 10 technical engineers, four PhD students and five Post-docs) dealing with Integrated Physiology and Functional genomics of microbial systems (PHYGE team; http://www.lisbp.fr/en/research/physiology-and-functional-genomics-of-eukaryotes--ead5.html) at the Laboratory of Engineering of Biological Systems and Biological Process, CNRS 5504 & INRA 792. The research activity of his group encompasses three themes:
(i) Yeast cell wall assembly and biogenesis
(ii) Functional genomics in yeast and filamentous fungi with a focus on carbon metabolism and regulation
(iii) Synthetic and refactoring microbial metabolism, with a focus on exploitation of renewable biomass for bio-based products production, with a Bioeconomy vision of these activities
His works has been or are currently supported by EU program and industrial grants (Adisseo SA, Lallemand Inc, Tate and Lyle, Lesaffre, etc.). Applications are in White Biotechnology (biorefinery, flavours, probiotic /feed additives), agro-nutrition and pharmaceutical industries. Prof. Jean M. François is author/co-author of more than 180 peer reviewed papers and 15 patents. He is also co-founder of Dendris SAS, a biotech start up exploiting nanotechnology tools from in vivo Molecular Diagnostics.