Pierre Devaux was born in France in 1953. He received the Food and Agriculture Engineer degree at Polytech Lille (France) in 1979 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Sciences and Technologies (USTL) of Lille in 1983. From 1979 to 1991, he was leading the Cytological and Cell Biology Department at Florimond Desprez Seeds Co. Between 1991 and 1993, he was an Invited Scientist at the Washington State University, Pullman, WA (USA), where he performed research on genetic recombination and DNA methylation in barley. He is currently a Manager of Research at Florimond Desprez Seeds Co., where he is mainly focused on the application of biotechnologies for plant breeding: cell culture, cytology, genetic transformation, molecular biology, and the “omics.” In 1998, he received the D.S. degree in natural sciences at the USTL. He was awarded with the following 3 prizes: URGI (1988), Jean Dufrenoy (1991), and Wicar & Hagelstein (1999). He became a Member of the French Academy of Agriculture in 2009, of the Scientific Committee of the Association Française des Biotechnologies Végétales (AFBV) in 2010, and of the Administration Committee of the Société Française de Génétique (SFG) in 2011. He has been appointed by the European Seed Association (ESA) as an External Advisory Member in the international genomic research program “Triticeae Genome,” and he is part of the coordinating committee of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC). He is an IP Expert in Genoplante and in the Union Française des Semenciers (UFS). He belongs to the scientific steering group of ADAPTAWHEAT, an FP7-KBBE EU-granted research programme on wheat.
Biography Updated on 22 January 2013