Raphaël Mercier

Current position

Director of the department of chromosome biology

Host institution

Max Planck Institute

Meiotic metaphase II in Arabidopsis thaliana

Meiosis and recombination


Raphael Mercier aims at understanding the different aspects the cell division at the heart of heredity, meiosis. Using genetic approaches, he and his group are deciphering the mechanisms of meiotic recombination, cell cycle regulation and chromosome segregation.

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• 2001 2001 Ph. D. University Paris-Sud, FranceGeorges Pelletier's lab

• 2001-2003 : Postdoctoral fellow, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Gareth Jones’ and Chris Franklin’s lab


• elected EMBO Member. 2020: Honorary Professor University of Cologne

• Laureate of the "scientific challenge" price Les lauriers de l'INRA, 2016

• Laureate of the Simone et Cino del Duca Foundation, Institut de France, 2014

• Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), 2011