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INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)

Location : / France
Website : www.inra.fr

Ranked the number one agricultural institute in Europe and number two in the world, INRA carries out mission-oriented research for high-quality and healthy foods, competitive and sustainable agriculture and a preserved and valorized environment.

Research in BIOCORE will be performed by two components of the Division of Science and Process Engineering of Agricultural Products. The majority of the work will be executed in the LISBP laboratory in Toulouse (Laboratoire d’ingenierie des Systèmes Biologiques et Procédés) that is formed by nine research groups whose expertise ranges from enzyme and metabolic engineering to process engineering, particularly in the white biotechnology area. Two research teams: Biocatalysis and Physiology and Microbial Metabolism (PM2) will be involved in BIOCORE. The members of these teams will provide key expertise in the areas of enzyme engineering, notably using state of the art technologies such as enzyme evolution and high throughput screening, in in vivo molecular evolution of metabolic pathways and in the area of metabolomic and fluxomic analyses. In BIOCORE, LISBP will join forces with the FARE (Reims) laboratory. This laboratory has skills in the characterization and transformation of LC biomass and, regarding BIOCORE, know-how in the use of enzymes for the synthesis of alkylpolypentosides.


Principal investigator 


Michael O’Donohue is a research director, working in the Biocatalysis team of LISBP. Currently he leads a 13-strong hemicellulase group. He has 20 years experience in protein biochemistry and engineering areas. Author of 40 publications, he has worked in several different scientific areas, including bioproducts from biomass for the last 10 years. He is a member of NoE Bioenergy and national bioenergy projects.

Michael is the coordinator of the BIOCORE project

E-mail : michael.odonohue@insa-toulouse.fr



Key personnel


Dr. Sophie Bozonnet

Dr. Regis Fauré

Dr. Isabelle Meynial-Salles

Dr. Caroline Rémond

Prof. Jean-Charles Portais

Dr. Stéphanie Heux 


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