I'm a plant epi/geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. After completing my Master Degree in Genetics, Development and Cellular Biology, I obtained my PhD thesis describing the role of histone variants and chaperones on chromatin dynamics during Arabidopsis development (Clermont Auvergne University - France).
My research program aims at understanding the significance of genomic and epigenetic variation in development, domestication, and breeding of tomato. Using development, genetics, genomics, epigenomics and gene editing approaches, I explore the contribution of genomic structural variation and epiallelic diversity to plant architecture and fruit production, focusing on providing innovative methods and tools for tomato improvement.
Career Status: Postdoctoral Scholar
Research Areas: Gene Regulation, Genetics, Genomics, Molecular Biology
Benoit M, Drost H-G, Catoni M, Gouil Q, Lopez-Gomollon S, Baulcombe D, Paszkowski J (2019) Envirnmental and epigenetic regulation of Rider retrotransposons in tomato. bioRxiv 517508; DOI:
Cho J, Benoit M, Catoni M, Drost H-G, Brestovitsky A, Oosterbeek M, Paszkoski J (2018) Sensitive detection of pre-integration intermediates of long terminal repeat retrotransposons in crop plants. Nature Plants DOI: 10.1038/s41477-018-0320-9.
Benoit M, Simon L, Desset S, Duc C, Cotterell S, Poulet A, Le Goff S, Tatout C, Probst A V. (2018) Replication-coupled histone H3.1 deposition determines nucleosome composition and heterochromatin dynamics during Arabidopsis seedling development. New Phytol.
Duc C, Benoit M, Détourné G, Simon L, Poulet A, Jung M, Veluchamy A, Latrasse D, Le Goff S, Cotterell S, et al. (2017) Arabidopsis ATRX Modulates H3.3 Occupancy and Fine-Tunes Gene Expression. Plant Cell 29: 1773–1793.
Poulet A, Duc C, Voisin M, Desset S, Tutois S, Vanrobays E, Benoit M, Evans DE, Probst A V., Tatout C (2017) The LINC complex contributes to heterochromatin organisation and transcriptional gene silencing in plants. J Cell Sci 130: 590–601.
Duc C, Benoit M, Le Goff S, Simon L, Poulet A, Cotterell S, Tatout C, Probst A V. (2015) The histone chaperone complex HIR maintains nucleosome occupancy and counterbalances impaired histone deposition in CAF-1 complex mutants. Plant J 81: 707–722.
Benoit M, Layat E, Tourmente S, Probst A V. (2013) Heterochromatin dynamics during developmental transitions in Arabidopsis — a focus on ribosomal DNA loci. Gene 526: 39–45.
Organisation of the 15th Doctoral School for Life Sciences, Health, Agronomy and Environment Days (May 2012): a 3 days event allowing PhD students of the university to present their work to the fellow students, University Clermont-Auvergne
Cambridge Science Festival (March 2016): activity on plant mutants available at the supermarket, focus on tomato, The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge
Festival of Plant (May 2016): ambassador at the Pop Up Science Tent, Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Career in Plants Day (July 2016): Speed Dating Activity on Careers in Plant Sciences, The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge
Cambridge University’s Realise programme for children in care (August 2016): Animation of a workshop dedicated to Plant Genetics, The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge
Scientific Discovery Trail by Gatsby Plant Science Education program (August 2016): Animation of a workshop dedicated to mutations and what they mean in plants, The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge
Big Biology Day (October 2016): celebrating the life sciences and engaging the general public with an array of biological topics - activities on plant trichome mutants, Hills Road Sixth Form College Cambridge
Cambridge Science Festival (March 2017): Plant Science Pop Up Tent, Downing Site, Department of Plant Sciences Cambridge