Wassim Lakhal

EpiTRAITS fellow at Diagenode, R&D Epigenetics

Wassim Lakhal is working as a Postdoc in the company Diagenode since September 2014. Diagenode is situated in Liège, Belgium. His major aim is to develop marketable ChIP Kits that are suitable for monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous plant species such as Zea mays, Glycine max, Oryza sativa, Solanum lycopersicum and Populus trichocarpa.

After obtaining an engineering degree in agronomy, he studied genomics and molecular biology at the University of Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France, where he focused on Plant Physiology and crop production and graduated in 2010. He obtained his PhD diploma from the University of Orléans, France. The topic of the thesis was a Functional study of three transcription factors involved in secondary cell wall formation in poplar. From 2010 to 2013 he did his PhD thesis in INRA Val de Loire, Unité Améliorartion Génétique et Physiologie Forestière, Orléans, France (Adviser Annabelle Déjardin). He mainly used ChIP-SEQ and genetic engineering to identify the functions of studied transcription factors.

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