Dr. Cécile Monat
French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
I began my studies in biology with the ambition to work on genetic diseases. During my third year of my bachelor’s degree, I discovered bioinformatics and immediately appreciated being able to work directly on the genetic information itself. I, therefore, decided to continue my studies with a master’s degree in data analysis and modelling for life sciences. My first research experience, carried out on data transposable elements of plants, allowed me to confirm my willingness to work with bioinformatics tools to answer biological questions whatever the study model. I continued my curriculum by studying the pan-genomics of cultivated African rice and its wild relatives. The discovery of the world of agronomy and the issues and challenges associated with it led me to pursue my career on field crop cereal species to develop a pan-genomic study on cultivated barley and wheat. I am currently working on the accession of French wheat whose pedigree is particularly interesting to understand the mechanisms of interspecies introgression and their influence on the structure and expression of the introgressed genome.