Dr. Morgane Batzenschlager

Morgane obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Strasbourg, France in 2014. She did her thesis in the team of Prof. Anne-Catherine Schmit, IBMP – CNRS UPR 2357 (« Role of spindle assembly factors in the regulation of mitosis and genome maintenance »). For three years, she pursued the work on molecular and functional characterization of GIP/MOZART1 proteins, conserved microtubule-nucleating factors that are also key determinants of centromere maintenance and cohesion in Arabidopsis.

After this experience and curious about the animal and human health fields, she decided to pursue her post-doctoral training in the team of Dr. François Lanza (Inserm UMR_S949, French Blood Center – EFS, Strasbourg). Her research aimed at better understanding the assembly of the marginal band, a unique network of microtubules that sustains the disc shape of blood platelets and their normal function in the arrest of bleeding.

Morgane has joined our group as a PostDoc in December 2017. As part of the ENSA project, she will now focus on the identification and characterization of molecular players that are essential to the first steps of rhizobial infection.


Batzenschlager M, Lace B, Zhang N, Su C, Egli S, Krohn P, Salfeld J, Ditengou FA, Laux T and Ott T (2023)
Competence for transcellular infection in the root cortex involves a post-replicative, cell-cycle exit decision in Medicago truncatula
eLife (reviewed pre-print): https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.88588.1
pre-print deposited at: bioRxiv; https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.03.28.534635

Lace B, Su C, Invernot-Perez D, Rodriguez-Franco M, Vernié T, Batzenschlager M, Egli S, Liu CW, Ott T (2023)
RPG acts as a central determinant for infectosome formation and cellular polarization during intracellular rhizobial infections
eLife; 12:e8074 (open access)

Gaurav S, Batzenschlager M, Tomkova D, Herzog E, Hoffmann E, Houlné G, Schmit AC, Berr A, Chabouté ME (2022)
GIP1 and GIP2 Contribute to the Maintenance of Genome Stability at the Nuclear Periphery.
Front. Plant Sci. 27;12:804928.

Su C, Klein ML, Hernandez-Reyes C, Batzenschlager M, Ditengou FA, Lace B, Keller J, Delaux PM, Ott T (2020)
The Medicago truncatula DREPP protein triggers microtubule fragmentation in membrane nanodomains during symbiotic infections
Plant Cell; 32 (5): 1357-1358.

Ribba AS, Batzenschlager M., Rabat C., Buchou T., Moog S., Khochbin S., Bourova-Flin E., Lafanechère L., Lanza F and Sadoul K (2020)
Marginal band microtubules are acetylated by αTAT1.
Platelets. 2;1-5.

Strassel C., Magiera MM., Dupuis A., Batzenschlager M., Hovasse A., Pleines I., Guéguen P., Eckly A., Moog S., Mallo L., Kimmerlin Q., Chappaz S., Strub JM, Kathiresan N., de la Salle H., Van Dorsselaer A., Ferec C., Py JY, Gachet C., Schaeffer-Reiss C., Kile BT, Janke C. and Lanza F (2019)
An essential role for α4A-tubulin in platelet biogenesis.
Life Sci Alliance. 13;2(1):e201900309.

Batzenschlager M., Schmit AC, Herzog E., Fuchs J., Schubert V., Houlné G. and Chabouté ME (2017).
MGO3 and GIP1 act synergistically for the maintenance of centromeric cohesion.
Nucleus 8(1):98-105. 

Batzenschlager M., Lermontova I., Schubert V., Fuchs J., Berr A., Koini M., Houlné G., Herzog E., Rutten T., Abdelmalek A., Fransz P., Schmit AC and Chabouté ME (2015).
Arabidopsis MZT1 homologs GIP1 and GIP2 are essential for centromere architecture.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 112(28):8656-60.

Batzenschlager M., Herzog E., Houlné G., Schmit AC and Chabouté ME (2014).
GIP/MZT1 proteins orchestrate nuclear shaping.
Front. Plant Sci. 5:29 (review article).

Batzenschlager M.,  Masoud K.,  Janski N.,  Houlné G.,  Herzog E.,  Evrard JL., Baumberger N., Erhardt M., Nominé Y., Kieffer B., Schmit AC and Chabouté ME (2013).
The GIP gamma-tubulin complex-associated proteins are involved in nuclear architecture in Arabidopsis thaliana.
Front. Plant Sci. 4:480.

Janski N., Masoud K., Batzenschlager M., Herzog E., Evrard JL., Houlné G., Bourge M., Chabouté ME and Schmit AC (2012).
The GCP3-interacting protein GIP1 and GIP2 are required for gamma-tubulin complex protein localization, spindle integrity, and chromosomal stability.
Plant Cell 24(3):1171-87.