Benjamin Petre

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since 2018: associate professor at Université de Lorraine (Nancy, France)
2017/2018: entrepreneur at Incubateur Lorrain (Nancy, France)
2016/2017: scientific editor at Frontiers Media SA (Lausanne, Switzerland)
2015/2016: postdoctoral research associate at The Sainsbury Laboratory (Norwich, UK)
2012/2015: postdoctoral fellow at The Sainsbury Laboratory and INRA, (Nancy, France)
2009/2012: PhD student at INRA and Université de Lorraine
2012: PhD in plant and forest biology from Université de Lorraine
2009: MSc in forest, agronomy, and environmental sciences from Université de Lorraine
2006: BSc in life sciences from Université de Lorraine
2003: Baccalauréat in Sciences (Lycée Fabert, Metz, France)

research interests and activities
plant cellular and molecular physiology
molecular host-microbe interactions
multigene families evolution
protein biochemistry
molecular biology

teaching interests
molecular plant physiology
experimental microbiology
scientific and professional communication

Publications (*peer-reviewed)
*Ahmed MB, Santos KCGD, Sanchez IB, Petre B, Lorrain C, Plourde MB, Duplessis S, Desgagné-Penix I, Germain H. (2018) A rust fungal effector binds plant DNA and modulates transcription. Sci Rep. 2018 8, 14718.
*Germain H, Joly DL, Mireault C, Plourde MB, Letanneur C, Stewart D, Morency M-J, Petre B, Duplessis S, Séguin A (2018) Infection assays in Arabidopsis reveal candidate effectors from the poplar rust fungus that promote susceptibility to bacteria and oomycete pathogens. Molecular Plant Pathology 19, 191–200.
*Lorrain C, Marchal C, Hacquard S, Delaruelle C, Pétrowski J, Petre B, Hecker A, Frey P, Duplessis S (2018) The rust fungus Melampsora larici-populina expresses a conserved genetic program and distinct sets of secreted protein genes during infection of its two host plants, larch and poplar. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 31, 695-706
*Lorrain C, Petre B, Duplessis S (2018) Show me the way: rust effector targets in heterologous plant systems. Current Opinion in Microbiology 46, 19–25.
*Sperschneider J, Catanzariti A-M, DeBoer K, Petre B, Gardiner DM, Singh KB, Dodds PN, Taylor JM (2017) LOCALIZER: subcellular localization prediction of both plant and effector proteins in the plant cell. Scientific Reports 7, 44598.
Petre B, Win J, Menke FLH, Kamoun S (2017) Protein–protein interaction assays with effector–GFP fusions in Nicotiana benthamiana. in: Wheat Rust Diseases, Methods in Molecular Biology. Humana Press, New York, NY, pp 85–98.

*Dagdas YF, Belhaj K 3, Maqbool A, Chaparro-Garcia A, Pandey P, Petre B, Tabassum N, Cruz-Mireles N, Hughes RK, Sklenar J, Win J, Menke F, Findlay K, Banfield MJ, Kamoun S, Bozkurt TO (2016) An effector of the Irish potato famine pathogen antagonizes a host autophagy cargo receptor. eLife 5, e10856
*Derevnina L, Dagdas YF, De la Concepcion JC, Bialas A, Kellner R, Petre B, Domazakis E, Du J, Wu C-H, Lin X, Aguilera-Galvez C, Cruz-Mireles N, Vleeshouwers VGAA, Kamoun S (2016) Nine things to know about elicitins. New Phytologist 212, 888–895
*Derevnina L, Petre B, Kellner R, Dagdas YF, Sarowar MN, Giannakopoulou A, De la Concepcion JC, Chaparro-Garcia A, Pennington HG, Van West P, Kamoun S (2016) Emerging oomycete threats to plants and animals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371, 20150459
*Petre B, Hecker A, Germain H, Tsan P, Sklenar J, Pelletier G, Séguin A, Duplessis S, Rouhier N (2016) The poplar rust-induced secreted protein (RISP) inhibits the growth of the leaf rust pathogen Melampsora larici-populina and triggers cell culture alkalinisation. Frontiers in Plant Science 7, 97
*Petre B, Lorrain C, Saunders DGO, Win J, Sklenar J, Duplessis S, Kamoun S (2016) Rust fungal effectors mimic host transit peptides to translocate into chloroplasts. Cellular Microbiology 18, 453–465
*Petre B, Saunders DGO, Sklenar J, Lorrain C, Krasileva KV, Win J, Duplessis S, Kamoun S (2016) Heterologous expression screens in Nicotiana benthamiana identify a candidate effector of the wheat yellow rust pathogen that associates with processing bodies. PLOS ONE 11, e0149035.
Petre B, Kopischke M, Evrard A, Robatzek S, Kamoun S (2016) Cell re-entry assays do not support models of pathogen-independent translocation of AvrM and AVR3a effectors into plant cells. bioRxiv 038232.
Petre B, Coince A, Kamoun S (2016) Categorical scatterplots with R for biologists: a step-by-step guide. figshare 3840102.v1.

*Chaparro-Garcia A, Schwizer S, Sklenar J, Yoshida K, Petre B, Bos JIB, Schornack S, Jones AME, Bozkurt TO, Kamoun S (2015) Phytophthora infestans RXLR-WY effector AVR3a associates with dynamin-related protein 2 required for endocytosis of the plant pattern recognition receptor FLS2. PLOS ONE 10, e0137071.
*Kamoun S, Furzer O, Jones JDG, Judelson HS, Ali GS, Dalio RJD, Roy SG, Schena L, Zambounis A, Panabières F, Cahill D, Ruocco M, Figueiredo A, Chen X-R, Hulvey J, Stam R, Lamour K, Gijzen M, Tyler BM, Grünwald NJ, Mukhtar MS, Tomé DFA, Tör M, Van Den Ackerveken G, McDowell J, Daayf F, Fry WE, Lindqvist‐Kreuze H, Meijer HJG, Petre B, Ristaino J, Yoshida K, Birch PRJ, Govers F (2015) The Top 10 oomycete pathogens in molecular plant pathology. Molecular Plant Pathology 16, 413–434
*Petre B, Saunders DGO, Sklenar J, Lorrain C, Win J, Duplessis S, Kamoun S (2015) Candidate effector proteins of the rust pathogen Melampsora larici-populina target diverse plant cell compartments. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 28, 689–700.
Lorrain C, Kamoun S, Petre B (2014) Populus trichocarpa coproporphyrinogen III oxidase (PtCPO) localizes in sub-chloroplastic structures. figshare 1035063.v1.
Lorrain C, Kamoun S, Petre B (2014) Nicotiana benthamiana plastidial methionine sulfoxide reductase A (NbpMSRA) localizes in the stroma of chloroplasts. figshare 1035057.v1.
Petre B, Kamoun S (2014) Agrobacterium tumefaciens does not transform guard cells in Nicotiana benthamiana. figshare 1002071.v1.

*Pégeot H, Koh CS, Petre B, Mathiot S, Duplessis S, Hecker A, Didierjean C, Rouhier N (2014) The poplar Phi class glutathione transferase: expression, activity and structure of GSTF1. Frontiers in Plant Science 5, 712
*Petre B, Hacquard S, Duplessis S, Rouhier N (2014) Genome analysis of poplar LRR-RLP gene clusters reveals RISP, a defense-related gene coding a candidate endogenous peptide elicitor. Frontiers in Plant Science 5, 111.
*Petre B, Joly DL, Duplessis S (2014) Effector proteins of rust fungi. Frontiers in Plant Science 5, 416 ; intégré au Research Topic ‘Genomics research on non-model plant pathogens: delivering novel insights into rust fungus biology’.
*Petre B, Kamoun S (2014) How do filamentous pathogens deliver effector proteins into plant cells? PLOS Biology 12, e1001801.

Lee AH-Y, Petre B, Joly DL (2013) Effector wisdom. New Phytologist 197, 375–377

*Petre B, Morin E, Tisserant E, Hacquard S, Silva CD, Poulain J, Delaruelle C, Martin F, Rouhier N, Kohler A, Duplessis S (2012) RNA-Seq of early-infected poplar leaves by the rust pathogen Melampsora larici-populina uncovers PtSultr3;5, a fungal-induced host sulfate transporter. PLOS ONE 7, e44408.
*Hacquard S, Joly DL 3, Lin Y-C, Tisserant E, Feau N, Delaruelle C, Legué V, Kohler A, Tanguay P, Petre B, Frey P, Van de Peer Y, Rouzé P, Martin F, Hamelin RC, Duplessis S (2012) A comprehensive analysis of genes encoding small secreted proteins identifies candidate effectors in Melampsora larici-populina (poplar leaf rust). Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 25, 279-293
Dowkiw A, Jorge V, Villar M, Voisin E, Guérin V, Faivre-Rampant P, Bresson A, Bitton F, Duplessis S, Frey P, Petre P, Guinet C, Xhaard C, Fabre B, Halkett F, Plomion C, Lalanne C, Bastien C (2012) Breeding poplars with durable resistance to Melampsora larici-populina leaf rust: a multidisciplinary approach to understand and delay pathogen adaptation. Proceedings of the fourth international workshop on the genetics of host-parasite interactions in forestry: Disease and insect resistance in forest trees PSW-GTR-240.
Petre B. Contribution à l’analyse post-génomique de l’interaction entre le peuplier et Melampsora larici-populina, le champignon biotrophe responsable de la maladie de la rouille foliaire. PhD thesis – Thèse de doctorat en biologie végétale et forestière, 2012, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France.

*Hacquard S, Petre B 3, Frey P, Hecker A, Rouhier N, Duplessis S (2011) The poplar-poplar rust interaction: insights from genomics and transcriptomics. Journal of Pathogens 2011, article ID 716041.
*Petre B, Major I, Rouhier N, Duplessis S (2011) Genome-wide analysis of eukaryote thaumatin-like proteins (TLPs) with an emphasis on poplar. BMC Plant Biology 11, 33.
Petre B, Major I, Frey P, Martin F, Rouhier N, Duplessis S (2011) Les apports de la génomique pour l’étude des familles multigéniques : exemple des thaumatin-like proteins (TLPs) chez le peuplier. Actes du séminaire 2011 de l’école doctorale RP2E, Nancy, France. ISBN 2-9518564-9-0.