Lionel Navarro

Current position

Group leader, Research scientist (CR1)

Host institution

Ecole Normale Supérieure, CNRS, Paris, France

Gene silencing and plant innate immunity


         Lionel Navarro’s current research interests are to understand the role and regulation of small RNAs in plant and human innate immunity and to unravel the mechanisms by which bacterial effectors interfere with RNA silencing. His research also aims at deciphering the role of RNA silencing in the evolution of the innate immunity receptors, which recognize the presence of pathogens. To address theses question, Lionel Navarro and his team are mostly using the phytopathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato strain DC3000 and the human pathogenic bacterium Shigella flexneri as model systems.

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• 2005 Ph. D. The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwhich, United Kingdom, Jonathan Jones’ lab

• 2005-2010 Post-doctoral fellow, Institute for Plant Molecular Biology, Strasbourg, France, Olivier Voinnet's lab

• 2010 Appointed Group leader at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, and Research Scientist (CR1), CNRS, France


• EMBO Young Investigator Program, 2015

• Laureate of the ATIP-Avenir Plus Program,CNRS-Inserm, 2012

• Starting Grant from the European Research Council, 2011

• Laureate of the Emergence(s) Program, City of Paris, 2010

• Laureate of the ATIP-Avenir Program, Foundation Bettencourt-Schueller, 2009

• Irene Menton Prize, The Linnean Society of London, 2007