Arezki Boudaoud, researcher in plant morphogenesis, RDP



After a doctorate in physics at the École normale supérieure in Paris, Arezki Boudaoud completed his post-doctorate in the Mathematics Department of the prestigious MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He then returned to the Statistical Physics Laboratory of the ENS ULM as a research officer. His work focused on liquid films and thin solids. In parallel, he began to take an interest in morphogenesis in the living and identified the contributions of the mechanical forces to the growth of yeast and the development of plants.

In 2009 the physicist switched to study biology: he joined the École normale supérieure de Lyon as a professor in the Department of Biology and has since led an interdisciplinary team in the Reproduction and development of Plants (RDP) laboratory and the Joliot-Curie laboratory (LJC). The team, entitled "Biophysics and Development", works to understand the mechanisms of morphogenesis in plants, combining tools of biology and physics.

In 2012,  Arezki Boudaoud was awarded a Consolidated Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for his project: The physical basis of morphogenesis in plants.

Awards and honours

Georges Morel Prize from the Academy of Sciences 2016

Silver medal of the CNRS 2016

Junior IUF member in 2013

Ministry of Research Award for his RDP team in 2009