"Plant model virtuoso"
Jan Traas receiving his award - Photos Christophe Maitre © Inra
Head of the Joint Research Unit for Plant Reproduction and Development (RDP) at the ENS de Lyon, Jan Traas has been awarded the 2015 INRA Award for Scientific Excellence. Throughout his scientific career, Jan Traas has explored the mechanisms that determine the growth and differentiation of plant organs. He developed a groundbreaking approach with an integrative vision of this complex process. The 2015 INRA Award for Scientific Excellence recognises the international impact his research has had on the field.
Thierry Mandon, French Junior Minister for Higher Education and Research, and François Houllier, President of the opened the INRA Awards ceremony. Along with Frédéric Dardel, President of INRA's Scientific Advisory Board and of the international INRA Awards jury, Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs at INRA, and Claude Ronceray, Deputy Director General for Research Support Services at INRA, they presented the awards to the six winners for their commitment and results in various areas of agricultural research.
MorphodynamicsIn 2011 Jan Traas obtained an ERC advanced grant for his project "Morphodynamics" - 2,37 M€ - More
BiographyBorn in the Netherlands, 58 years old, married, three children
1982-1987: Doctoral studies at the University of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and post-doctoral studies at the John Innes Institute (Norwich, Great Britain) on the mechanisms that control cell expansion and division in plants
1987: Agricultural Research Department of the Netherlands (DLO)
1987: INRA Avignon and later INRA Dijon
1991: Cell Biology Laboratory (INRA Versailles-Grignon), became head in 1996
2005: Research Director at the Plant Reproduction and Development Laboratory (RDP Director of the RDP since 2007)
70 articles published in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.