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Research Area

My research interest focuses on plant pathogen interactions and their evolution, to gain better understanding on the durability of resistance of Solanaceae to Oomycetes. With a background in molecular biology, bioinformatics and evolutionary biology, my area of research expands to population genetics.

Within the RDS team (Durable Resistance in Solanaceae), I study tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) - Phytophthora infestans and pepper (Capsicum annuum) - P. capsici models. My research goal is to (1) identify genetic factors from both plant and pathogen that are involved in the interaction; (2) analyze their evolution through experimental designs and genetic diversity studies, (3) propose different combinations of plant genetic factors in collaboration with modelers, to gain knowledge on solutions to improve durability of plant resistance to Oomycetes.

Career and Education

2016 – CR2: INRA, UR1052 Génétique et Amélioration des Fruits et Légumes, RDS team, Avignon, France.

2016 Postdoctoral position: INRA UR1052 GAFL, RDS team, Avignon, France.  Analysis of RxLR gene diversity in P. infestans. Evaluation of their implication in the resistance in tomato and its wild relatives to P. infestans.

2011-2013 Postdoctoral position: Iowa State University, Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Wendel Lab, Ames, Iowa, USA. Study of genetic diversity and gene conversion between genome in polyploid cotton.

2007 – 2011 PhD: INRA UMR 118 Amélioration des Plantes et Biotechnologies Végétales, Biodiversité et Polyploïdie team. Genes and genomes at polyploid onset: a case study on oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.).

2007 Master degree with speciality in Genetics, Adaptation and  Plant Production, Agrocampus Rennes –Rennes I University. 

Selected publications

Yoo, M.-J., Szadkowski, E., & Wendel, J. F. (2013). Homoeolog expression bias and expression level dominance in allopolyploid cotton. Heredity, 110(2), 171–180.

Paterson, A. H., Wendel, J. F., Gundlach, H., Guo, H., Jenkins, J., Jin D., Llewellyn, D., Showmaker, K. C., Shu, S., Udall, J., Yoo, M. J., Byers, R., Chen, W., Doron-Faigenboim, A., Duke, M. V., Gong, L., Grimwood, J., Grover, C. E., Grupp, K., Hu, G., Lee, T., Li, J., Lin, L., Liu, T., Marler, B. S., Page, J. T., Roberts, A. W., Romanel, E., Sanders, W. S. , Szadkowski E., … Schmutz, J. (2012). Repeated polyploidization of Gossypium genomes and the evolution of spinnable cotton fibres. Nature, 492(7429), 423–7.

Szadkowski, E., Eber, F., Huteau, V., Lodé, M., Huneau, C., Belcram, H., … Chèvre, A. M. (2010). The first meiosis of resynthesized Brassica napus, a genome blender. New Phytologist, 186(1), 102–112.

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