Damien Jean-Rene Formey de Saint Louvent

Functional Genomics of Eukaryotes Researcher

Assistant Professor

Academic history

Dr. Damien Formey studied biology at the University of Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD, France). He has specialized in genomics and evolution during his Master Degree at the Plant Genome and Development Laboratory (LGDP – UPVD / CNRS, France) in the group of Pr. Olivier Panaud. On this occasion, he received the University Merit Scholarship (Distinction from the French Ministry for Research and Higher education). In 2012, as a CIFRE fellow of the French National Agency for Research and Technology (ANRT), he completed his doctorate about plant-microorganism interaction genomics at the University of Toulouse III Paul Sabatier (France), in the Plant Research Laboratory (LRSV – UT3 / CNRS, France) in collaboration with the Agronutrition company, under the supervision of Pr. Christophe Roux. Thanks to a DGAPA fellowship from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), he did a postdoctoral work on the small RNAs involved in the regulation of the nodulation process at the Center for Genomic Sciences (CCG), in the group of Pr. Georgina Hernandez. Late 2016, he started his own research group as a Research Associate (C) in the same center.

Actually, the main research line of Dr. Damien Formey is the characterization and evolution of the small RNAs involved in the plant-microbe interactions. Using the Phaseolus vulgaris / Rhizobium interaction model, the project focuses on the microRNAs and phasiRNAs regulating the symbiotic nitrogen fixation, from the diffusible factors exchange to the senescence of the symbiotic organs called nodules. Many of these small RNAs are common bean-specific and provide new insights into the co-evolution between the bacteria and their host. The variety of Phaseolus vulgaris genotypes is estimated at several tens of thousands widespread around the world. This pool of common beans represents a powerful tool to investigate the small RNA variability at an intra-specie scale and the influence of these variations on the establishment of symbiotic nitrogen fixation.


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Telephone: (777) 3115164
Email: formey@ccg.unam.mx


2021García-Soto I, Boussageon R, Cruz-Farfán YM, Castro-Chilpa JD, Hernández-Cerezo LX, Bustos-Zagal V, Leija-Salas A, Hernández G, Torres M, Formey D, Courty PE, Wipf D, Serrano M, Tromas A. (2021). "The Lotus japonicus ROP3 Is Involved in the Establishment of the Nitrogen-Fixing Symbiosis but Not of the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis.". Frontiers In Plant Science. 12():696450-696450. [doi:10.3389/fpls.2021.696450]34868100
2021Aragón, W., Formey, D., Aviles-Baltazar, N.Y., Torres, M., Serrano, M.. (2021). "Arabidopsis thaliana Cuticle Composition Contributes to Differential Defense Response to Botrytis cinerea". Frontiers In Plant Science. 12():-. [doi:10.3389/fpls.2021.738949]34804086
2021Batista-Oliveira, J.S., Formey, D., Torres, M., Aragón, W., Romero-Contreras, Y.J., Maruri-López, I., Tromas, A., Schwan-Estrada, K.R.F., Serrano, M.. (2021). "Gadolinium Protects Arabidopsis thaliana against Botrytis cinerea through the Activation of JA/ET-Induced Defense Responses.". INT J MOL SCI. 22(9):-. [doi:10.3390/ijms22094938]34066536
2021Ángel Martín-Rodríguez, J., Ariani, A., Leija, A., Elizondo, A., Fuentes, S.I., Ramirez, M., Gepts, P., Hernández, G., Formey, D.. (2021). "Phaseolus vulgaris MIR1511 genotypic variations differentially regulate plant tolerance to aluminum toxicity.". PLANT JOURNAL. 105(6):1521-1533. [doi:10.1111/tpj.15129]33300202
2020Figueredo, M.S., Formey, D., Rodríguez, J., Ibáñez, F., Hernández, G., Fabra, A.. (2020). "Identification of miRNAs linked to peanut nodule functional processes.". JOURNAL OF BIOSCIENCES. 45(1):-. [doi:10.1007/s12038-020-00034-5]32385221
2019Formey, D., Martín-Rodríguez, J.Á., Hernández, G.. (2019). "Functional analysis of root microRNAs by a constitutive overexpression approach in a composite plant system". Methods in Molecular Biology. 1932():215-226. [doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-9042-9_16]30701503
2019Valdés-López, O., Formey, D., Isidra-Arellano, M.C., Reyero-Saavedra, M.D.R., Fernandez-Göbel, T.F., Sánchez-Correa, M.D.S.. (2019). "Argonaute Proteins: Why Are They So Important for the Legume–Rhizobia Symbiosis?". Frontiers In Plant Science. 10():1177-1177. [doi:10.3389/fpls.2019.01177]31632421
2018Martin-Rodriguez, Jose A., Leija, Alfonso, Formey, Damien, Hernandez, Georgina. (2018). "The MicroRNA319d/TCP10 Node Regulates the Common Bean - Rhizobia Nitrogen-Fixing Symbiosis". Frontiers In Plant Science. 9():1175-1175. [doi:10.3389/fpls.2018.01175]30147704
2018Ferreira-Saab, M., Formey, D., Torres, M., Aragón, W., Padilla, E.A., Tromas, A., Sohlenkamp, C., Schwan-Estrada, K.R.F., Serrano, M.. (2018). "Compounds released by the biocontrol yeast Hanseniaspora opuntiae protect plants against Corynespora cassiicola and Botrytis cinerea". Frontiers in Microbiology. 9(JUL):1596-1596. [doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.01596]30065716
2016Formey, D., Martín-Rodríguez, J.Á., Leija, A., Santana, O., Quinto, C., Cárdenas, L., Hernández, G.. (2016). "Regulation of Small RNAs and Corresponding Targets in Nod Factor-Induced Phaseolus vulgaris Root Hair Cells". INT J MOL SCI. 17(6):-. [doi:10.3390/ijms17060887]27271618
2015Formey, D., Iñiguez, L.P., Peláez, P., Li, Y.F., Sunkar, R., Sánchez, F., Reyes, J.L., Hernández, G.. (2015). "Genome-wide identification of the Phaseolus vulgaris sRNAome using small RNA and degradome sequencing". Bmc Genomics. 16(1):-. [doi:10.1186/s12864-015-1639-5]26059339

Publications from former affiliations

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2014 Formey, D, Sallet, E, Lelandais-Brière, C, Ben, C, Bustos-Sanmamed, P, Niebel, A, Frugier, F, Combier, J, Debellé, F, Hartmann, C, Poulain, J, Gavory, F, Wincker, P, Roux, C, Gentzbittel, L, Gouzy, J, Crespi, M. (2014). “The small RNA diversity from Medicago truncatula roots under biotic interactions evidences the environmental plasticity of the miRNAome”. Genome Biology. 15(9):-. [doi:10.1186/s13059-014-0457-4] 25248950
2012 Formey, D, Molès, M, Haouy, A, Savelli, B, Bouchez, O, Bécard, G, Roux, C. (2012). “Comparative analysis of mitochondrial genomes of Rhizophagus irregularis – syn. Glomus irregulare – reveals a polymorphism induced by variability generating elements”. New Phytologist. 196(4):1217-1227. [doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04283.x] 22967288
2012 Lauressergues, D, Delaux, P, Formey, D, Lelandais-Brière, C, Fort, S, Cottaz, S, Bécard, G, Niebel, A, Roux, C, Combier, J. (2012). “The microRNA miR171h modulates arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization of Medicago truncatula by targeting NSP2″. PLANT JOURNAL. 72(3):512-522. [doi:10.1111/j.1365-313X.2012.05099.x] 22775306
2012 Formey, D, Jourda, C, Roux, C, Delaux, P. (2012). “What the Genomics of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis Teaches Us about Root Development”. Root Genomics And Soil Interactions. ():171-188. [doi:10.1002/9781118447093.ch9]
2012 Tisserant, E, Kohler, A, Dozolme-Seddas, P, Balestrini, R, Benabdellah, K, Colard, A, Croll, D, da Silva, C, Gomez, S, Koul, R, Ferrol, N, Fiorilli, V, Formey, D, Franken, P, Helber, N, Hijri, M, Lanfranco, L, Lindquist, E, Liu, Y, Malbreil, M, Morin, E, Poulain, J, Shapiro, H, van Tuinen, D, Waschke, A, Azcón-Aguilar, C, Bécard, G, Bonfante, P, Harrison, M, Küster, H, Lammers, P, Paszkowski, U, Requena, N, Rensing, S, Roux, C, Sanders, I, Shachar-Hill, Y, Tuskan, G, Young, J, Gianinazzi-Pearson, V, Martin, F. (2012). “The transcriptome of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Glomus intraradices (DAOM 197198) reveals functional tradeoffs in an obligate symbiont”. New Phytologist. 193(3):755-769. [doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03948.x] 22092242
2011 Maillet, F, Poinsot, V, André, O, Puech-Pagés, V, Haouy, A, Gueunier, M, Cromer, L, Giraudet, D, Formey, D, Niebel, A, Martinez, E, Driguez, H, Bécard, G, Dénarié, J. (2011). “Fungal lipochitooligosaccharide symbiotic signals in arbuscular mycorrhiza”. Nature. 469(7328):58-64. [doi:10.1038/nature09622] 21209659
2009 Picault, N, Chaparro, C, Piegu, B, Stenger, W, Formey, D, Llauro, C, Descombin, J, Sabot, F, Lasserre, E, Meynard, D, Guiderdoni, E, Panaud, O. (2009). “Identification of an active LTR retrotransposon in rice”. PLANT JOURNAL. 58(5):754-765. [doi:10.1111/j.1365-313X.2009.03813.x] 19187041