Dr Pierre Petriacq

Dr Pierre Petriacq

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0072

Email: p.petriacq@sheffield.ac.uk

Room C207, Alfred Denny Building


P3 Independent Research Fellow in Plant Metabolomics, University of Sheffield, UK (2016-present)

Research Associate in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK (2013-2016)

PhD in Biology,  Section Plant Physiology, Paris-Sud University, Orsay, France (2008-2011)

MSc in Integrative Biology, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France (2006-2008)

Research Interests

Pierre Petriacq research interests

I am a plant biochemist who specialises in Mass Spectrometry. My research has primarily focused on plant physiological responses to growth and environmental constraints such a drought and pathogen infections. In particular, I have used '-omics' techniques (specifically transcriptomics and metabolomics) to study the metabolic regulations underpinning redox signalling upon biotic stress. I mostly used the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana for genetic approaches.

As a P3 Independent Research Fellow, I now translate my research into various crops (maize, oilseed rape, tomato, to name but a few). I am involved in many different projects (including, chemical priming, rhizosphere chemistry, impacts of (photo)respiratory pathways and climate change on defence responses, benzoxazinoids signalling) by extensively using Mass Spectrometry techniques (MALDI-, UPLC-q-TOF) to detect adjustments in plant metabolomes. My key research interests are:

  • rhizosphere chemistry: profiling root exudates, benzoxazinoids signalling, in collaboration with Jurriaan Ton
  • metabolic regulations of the plant immune system: priming of plant defences, hormonal balance and (photo)respiration signalling
  • NAD signalling in response to development and stress

Professional Activities

I am a member of the Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility (biOMICS) at the University of Sheffield (http://biomics.group.shef.ac.uk)

Pierre Petriacq research interests 2


  • Jurriaan Ton (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
  • Anne Cotton (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
  • Stephen Rolfe (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
  • Duncan Cameron (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
  • Bertrand Gakière (Institute of Plant Sciences - Paris-Saclay, Orsay, France)
  • Michael Hodges (Institute of Plant Sciences - Paris-Saclay, Orsay, France)
  • Hermann Bauwe (Universität Rostock, Rostock, Germany)
  • Heather Walker (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
  • Guillaume Tcherkez (The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)
  • Victor Flors (Universitat Jaume I, Castelló de la Plana, Spain)
  • Gaétan Glauser (Université de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • Alexis Kasaras (Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany)

Teaching and supervision

My research interests are reflected in my teachings of mass spectrometry/metabolomics for APS274 (The Molecular Revolution in Biology) and for the Proteomics masterclass.

I am involved in the technical and scientific supervision of two PhD students, in particular for biochemical and analytical approaches:

  • Alex Williams (impact of CO2 on plant immunity)
  • Will Buswell (chemical priming of plant defences)

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