Olivier Hamant

Current position

Group leader, Research Director (INRA DR2), Research Associate position at the Sainsbury lab in Cambridge, UK and Associate Professor at Kumamoto University in Japan

Host Institution

Plant Reproduction and Development lab, ENS Lyon, France


Mechanical signals and plant development


Olivier Hamant and his group are exploring the role of mechanical stress in development. They focus their work on the shoot apical meristem (located at the stem tips) which contains the stem cells in the plant model Arabidopsis thaliana. Using microscopy, biophysics and computaional modeling, they identified a role of forces in the control of growth, cell polarity, cell division plane orientation and gene expression. They currently investigate how such mechanical signals are transduced in plant cells.

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• 2003: PhD, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, INRA France and VIB, Gent, Belgium, Véronique Pautot and Gerrit Beemster’s labs

• 2003-2005: Postdoctoral fellow, UC Berkeley, USA, Zac Cande’s lab

• 2006-2007: Postdoctoral fellow, ENS Lyon, France, Jan Traas’ lab

• 2007 Appointed Research associate (INRA CR, permanent position), RDP, ENS Lyon, France, Jan Traas’ lab

• 2010 : Appointed Group leader with Pr Arezki Boudaoud at the Joliot Curie Lab, Lyon, France


• Grant from the European Research Council (ERC Consolidator Grant), 2014

• Laurier jeune chercheur, awarded to a young INRA researcher each year, INRA 2012

• Paul Doisteau - Emile Blutet Prize, awarded to a researcher working on plant biology every 4 years, French Science Academy, 2012

• Prize from the scientific journal « La recherche », French ministry of research, 2009