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Juan J. Pierella Karlusich

Juan J. Pierella Karlusich
Post-doctoral researcher

Phone : (33 (0) 144 32 35 28
Fax : (33) (0) 144 32 39 35
E-mail : pierella chez

I am particularly interest in how the diverse phototrophs have been able to colonize a huge variety of habitats, focusing in their adaptation/acclimation of the photosynthetic machinery and redox metabolism.

During my PhD in Argentina, I studied the tactics that plants, algae and cyanobacteria have evolved to cope with iron deficiency and other environmental hardships. Next, in a postdoctoral stay, I focused in the role of chloroplast redox status in the modulation of plant responses towards drought and pathogens.

In my current postdoctoral position, I am using the remarkable resources that Tara Oceans consortium obtained from samples from all major oceanic regions, which includes metabarcodes, metagenomes, metatranscriptomes, physiological determinations and environmental parameters. My main aim is to get insights into the phytoplankton adaptation/acclimation strategies towards the environment both at the biochemical and physiological levels.

Selected publications

Caputi L, Carradec Q, Eveillard D, Kirilovsky A, Pelletier E, Pierella Karlusich JJ, (..), Bowler C, Iudicone D (2019) Community-Level Responses to Iron Availability in Open Ocean Planktonic Ecosystems. Global Biogeochemical Cycles (doi:10.1029/2018GB006022).

Pierella Karlusich JJ, Zurbriggen MD, Shahinnia F, Sonnewald S, Sonnewald U, Hosseini SA, Hajirezaei MR, Carrillo N (2017) Chloroplast redox status modulates genome-wide plant responses during the non-host interaction of tobacco with the hemibiotrophic bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria. Frontiers in Plant Science 8 : 1158.

Pierella Karlusich JJ, Carrillo N (2017) Evolution of the acceptor side of photosystem I : ferredoxin, flavodoxin, and ferredoxin-NADP+ oxidoreductase. Photosynthesis Research. doi : 10.1007/s11120-017-0338-2

Pierella Karlusich JJ, Ceccoli RD, Graña M, Romero H, Carrillo N (2015) Environmental selection pressures related to iron utilization are involved in the loss of the flavodoxin gene from the plant genome. Genome Biology and Evolution 7 : 750-767.

Pierella Karlusich JJ, Lodeyro AF, Carrillo N (2014) The long goodbye : the rise and fall of flavodoxin during plant evolution. Journal of Experimental Botany 65 : 5161-5178.

• Lodeyro AF, Ceccoli RD, Pierella Karlusich JJ, Carrillo N (2012) The importance of flavodoxin for environmental stress tolerance in photosynthetic microorganisms and transgenic plants. Mechanism, evolution and biotechnological potential. FEBS letters586 : 2917-2924.