Raphael Laurenceau

Postdoctoral Scholar

Civil and Environmental Engineering

MIT 48-
15 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

617.253.8686 (lab)
617.258.7009 (fax)
Email: rlauren at mit dot edu




2014 Ph.D. in Microbiology, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
2010 M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. ENSCR, Rennes, France


Research interests

I am interested in horizontal gene transfer in bacteria, especially the mechanisms by which it occurs: I study how DNA can travel from one cell to another. I try to understand how bacteria naturally exchange genetic information, and how genetic information can be artificially added to them. 
Prochlorococcus is a great challenge in that respect, it is a microscopic fortress that has never been breached!



R. Laurenceau, P. V. Krasteva, A. Diallo, S. Ouarti, M. Duchateau, C. Malosse, J. Chamot-Rooke, and R. Fronzes, (2015). Conserved Streptococcus pneumoniae Spirosomes Suggest a Single Type of Transformation Pilus in Competence. Plos Pathogens, doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1004835.s006

R. Laurenceau, G. Pehau-Arnaudet, S. Baconnais, J. Gault, C. Malosse, A. Dujeancourt, N. Campo, J. Chamot-Rooke, E. Le Cam, J.-P. Claverys, and R. Fronzes, (2013). A type IV pilus mediates DNA binding during natural transformation in Streptococcus pneumoniae. Plos Pathogens, doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003473