Stéphane Hacquard did his PhD in the lab of Dr. F. Martin/Dr. S. Duplessis (INRA Nancy, France) on the identification of rust fungal effectors using a combination of omics approaches. In 2011, he went for a 2-year post-doc at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany, in the laboratories of Prof P. Schulze-Lefert and Dr. Richard O’Connell, where he characterized fungal transcriptional signatures linked to pathogenic transitions in Arabidopsis leaves. In 2013, he got the opportunity to develop his own research project on the microbiota of Arabidopsis roots in the group of Prof. Schulze-Lefert. Since January 2017, he leads a research team at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, where he studies the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the structure and the functions of multi-kingdom microbial consortia colonizing plant roots. S. Hacquard has published ~25 articles in peer-reviewed journals and recently obtained an ERC starting grant to support his research activities.
Max Planck Research Group Leader Leader of the “Multitrophic Plant-Microbe Interactions” group