Alice BS, MSc, PhD

The University of Tokyo
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The University of Tokyo, PhD in Plant Epigenetics
École Normale Supérieure of Paris, BSc Biology, MSc in Molecular and Cell Biology

Plant Biology, Genetics and Epigenetics, Cell Biology, Sequencing Analysis

Alice is a passionate biologist who was born and raised in Paris, France. At just 11 years old she decided that one day she would become a researcher in plant genetics. A few years later, Alice was accepted at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS), France’s most prestigious university, where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors. She further completed her curriculum by taking a course in Genome Analysis at the esteemed Institut Pasteur.

Throughout her academic journey, Alice performed several laboratory internships at renowned institutions such as IBENS in France, the Salk Institute in the United States and RIKEN in Japan, where she ultimately settled. She secured a highly selective scholarship for international students to pursue her doctoral studies at the University of Tokyo, during which she explored the roles of epigenetics in plant regeneration. She had the honor of receiving her PhD diploma directly from the dean and was granted the Graduate School of Science Research Encouragement Award for her discovery of the regulatory link between ambient temperature and regeneration. Until recently, she was investigating the relationships between cell types, cell cycle states and epigenetic marks as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Tokyo.

Alice has extensive experience in applying for funding and scholarships, as well as in communicating her research results at international conferences – she notably received the “Best Poster” award for her most recent presentation. Her work has led to a patent and several publications in high-impact scientific journals. She has also tutored high school students in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology, as well as served as an oral examiner in biology for undergraduate students. Drawing from her own success with admission processes at top-tier universities, she joined Tokyo Academics to share her love for science with the young minds of today, assist them in reaching their academic goals and, why not, help them become the researchers of tomorrow.

When she is not working, Alice enjoys exploring the parks of Tokyo in search for a good spot to read her latest fantasy novel. If it is raining, you will probably find her in her kitchen, baking cakes while listening to vintage jazz records.

Selected publications:

  • Alice Lambolez, Ayako Kawamura, Tatsuya Takahashi, Bart Rymen, Akira Iwase, David S. Favero, Momoko Ikeuchi, Takamasa Suzuki, Sandra Cortijo, Katja E. Jaeger, Philip A. Wigge, Keiko Sugimoto, “Warm temperature promotes shoot regeneration in Arabidopsis thaliana”, Plant and Cell Physiology, Vol. 63, No. 5, pp. 618–634, May 2022
  • David S. Favero, Alice Lambolez, Keiko Sugimoto, “Molecular pathways regulating elongation of aerial plant organs: a focus on light, the circadian clock, and temperature”, The Plant Journal, Vol. 105, No. 2, pp. 392-420, January 2021
  • Bart Rymen, Ayako Kawamura, Alice Lambolez, Soichi Inagaki, Arika Takebayashi, Akira Iwase, Yuki Sakamoto, Kaori Sako, David S. Favero, Momoko Ikeuchi, Takamasa Suzuki, Motoaki Seki, Tetsuji Kakutani, François Roudier, Keiko Sugimoto, “Histone acetylation orchestrates wound-induced transcriptional activation and cellular reprogramming in Arabidopsis”, Communications Biology, Vol. 2, No. 1, 404, November 2019
  • Momoko Ikeuchi, Akira Iwase, Bart Rymen, Alice Lambolez, Mikiko Kojima, Yumiko Takebayashi, Jefri Heyman, Shunsuke Watanabe, Mitsunori Seo, Lieven De Veylder, Hitoshi Sakakibara, Keiko Sugimoto, “Wounding triggers callus formation via dynamic hormonal and transcriptional changes”, Plant Physiology, Vol. 175, No. 3, pp. 1158-1174, November 2017
    Selected presentations:
    “Warm temperature promotes shoot regeneration in Arabidopsis via depletion of histone variant H2A.Z”, Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conference: Integrative epigenetics in plants, Awaji (Japan), December 13th 2022
  • “Histone modifications controlling the chronology of the wound response”, IRN France Japan: Frontiers in plant biology, online, June 28th 2021
  • “Histone acetylation orchestrates wound-induced transcriptional activation and cellular reprogramming in Arabidopsis”, Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conference: Plant cell & developmental biology, Gyeongju (South Korea), November 4th 2019
  • “The epigenetic regulation of wound-induced regeneration in Arabidopsis”, Plant epigenetics consortium in Japan, Mishima (Japan), August 19th 2019

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