Institute JP Bourgin (IJPB, INRA-AgroParisTech-CNRS)
Loïc Lepiniec is Research Director in the Institute JP Bourgin (IJPB, INRA-AgroParisTech-CNRS) since 2002 and Professor of Biology at Polytechnique (engineering school) since 2010, both at the new University Paris-Saclay. He earned his M.S. (1989) and PhD (1993) degrees in Plant Molecular Biology at Paris-South and degree of Engineer in Agronomy (1989) from ENSAIA. After two years of postdoctoral research at the lab of Genetics in Ghent (D. Inze 94-95), he joined INRA at Versailles, as junior scientist, to develop a new lab of “Seed Biology” with M. Caboche. He then, served as the head of the INRA division of Plant Biology, from 2006 to 2010. He is coordinating a “Network of Excellence”, funded by the French Government (2011-2019) entitled “Saclay Plant Sciences” (www6.inra.fr/saclay-plant-sciences_eng/) and gathering more than 700 people. He is a member of the board of the Life Sciences Department at the Université Paris-Saclay since 2012. He also served as chair of the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC, 2015-2016) and organized the first International Congress on Arabidopsis Research in France, at Paris (ICAR2015). He received the awards “J. Dufrenoy” from the French academy of Agriculture (2015) and “O. Mirbeau” in Integrative Biology, from the French Academy of Sciences (2008). His research spans diverse areas of seed science, with a strong emphasis on transcriptional regulations and Arabidopsis, to study seed development or primary and secondary metabolisms. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed publications. His current interests are on the genetic and molecular mechanisms regulating the development of the embryo and integuments, their interactions with endosperm, and the regulation of oil and flavonoid biosynthesis.