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Dr Marie Pireyre

Dr Marie Pireyre

Laboratory Technician

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street

Cambridge CB2 1LR
Office Phone: +44(0)1223 761100


I have a Masters in molecular and cellular biology and pathology from the University of Lyon, France. I got interested by plant sciences when I met Dr Cristel Carles, who supervised me for my Masters’ thesis: Stem cell pool regulation in the floral meristem: maintenance and differentiation, in collaboration with Prof. J. Fletcher from UC Berkeley. Then I moved to Denmark, Copenhagen University, to do my PhD in plant molecular biology, at the DynaMo center, under the guidance of Meike Burow. There, I was involved in characterizing MYB transcription factors regulating biosynthesis of glucosinolates - defence compounds in Arabidopsis. 

Research Interests

I’m interested in understanding transcriptional regulation. Plants have evolved remarkable signaling pathways to cope with environmental stresses and respond appropriately. During my PhD, I worked on transcription factors and I was mainly interested in what gives them specificity at the protein level. In the Wigge group, I am involved in developing new protocols for gene expression analysis. In the Jaeger group, I will be involved in studying the role of some factors in regulating plant development in response to stress such as heat, nutrient or light stresses.

Key Publications

Pireyre and Burow. Regulation of MYB and BhLH transcription factor, a glance at the protein level, Mol Plant. 2015 Mar;8(3):378-88. doi: 10.1016/j.molp.2014.11.022. Epub 2014 Dec 25