Eric Gontier (http://www.gontierlab.eu/) studied plant biotechnology at the University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV) in Amiens, France, where he received his M.D. degree in 1988 working on the study of tropane alkaloid bioproduction in immobilized Datura innoxia (Mill.) cells. In 1993, he completed his Ph.D. thesis at the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Androgenesis and at the Laboratory of Cell Engineering in Amiens, France, on the study of tropane alkaloid production using calcium alginate immobilized cells under a joint supervision of Professor B. S. Sangwan and Professor J. N. Barbotin. He then worked as a postdoctoral Assistant Professor for two years in biochemistry, studying hairy root metabolism and lipid modification using dedicated lipases. In 1994, he developed his research activities on the lipase catalyzed synthesis of triglyceride within the Laboratory of Professor D. Thomas as a postdoctoral fellow working on a collaborative program with Total France Company. Then, in 1996, Gontier joined the Laboratory Agronomy and Environment INPL-INRA as an Assistant Professor (http://www.lae.inpl-nancy.fr/). Under the authority of Professors A. Guckert and S. Plantureux, he developed his own research in the group of Professor F. Bourgaud for ten years. The main activity was devoted to plant metabolism and more specifically on plant secondary metabolism. His scientific production led to numerous publications and patents, one of these leading to the foundation of a company in 2005: http://www.plantadvanced.com/. In 2006, Gontier joined the UPJV as a Professor and became the Head of the Plant Biology Laboratory (BIOPI: http://www.u-picardie.fr/labo/biopi/) specialized in plant physiology and biotechnology. The main research programs are devoted to the study of cell wall and pectines biosynthesis and modification as well as plant primary and secondary metabolism through metabolomics approach for the development of bioproduction processes.
Biography Updated on 13 November 2011