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Professor Isabelle Carre

Job Title
Life Sciences
Research Interests

My current work aims to (i) investigate and model the function of gene networks underlying circadian oscillators and photoperiodic flowering, and (ii) decipher the regulatory logic within gene promoters that underlies specific temporal patterns of transcription.


As part of my PhD degree at Stony Brook University (New York)1992, I demonstrated the role of cyclic AMP in the circadian control of cell division in Euglena, a unicellular alga. Frustrated by the lack of genetics in this system, I chose during my post-doctoral training to work on Arabidopsis thaliana, then an emerging system for plant molecular genetics. As part of the NSF centre for Biological Timing at The University of Virginia, I studied the control of rhythmic transcription by the plant circadian clock. In 1996 I took up an independent position as a Warwick Research Fellow. My early work investigated the role of the circadian clock in the seasonal control of flowering, and led to the identification of some of the key components of the clock mechanism. This led to a lectureship in 2002 and an associate professorship in 2005.

  • Thomas, Brian, Carré, Isabelle A., Jackson, Stephen D., 2006. Photoperiodism and flowering. Jordan, B. (ed.), The Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of Flowering, CAB International
  • Carré, Isabelle A., Spensley, Mark, Kim, J., 2008. Dual oscillator control of LHY transcription in Arabidopsis. Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Experimental-Biology, Marseille, France, Jul 06-10, 2008, Published in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, pp. S152-S152
Title Funder Award start Award end
An N-fix in time (Responsive Mode) BBSRC 01 Jun 2020 30 Nov 2023
UK-Brazil International Partnering Award: Development of novel strategies to address plant-microbes interactions in planta BBSRC 01 Apr 2022 31 Mar 2023
Keeping time for better nitrogen fixation MLSRF application for Emma Picot Medical and Life Sciences Research Fund 01 May 2021 30 Apr 2022
Access agreement at Observatoire Oceanologique de Banyuls-sur-Mer Sorbonne Universite 02 Apr 2019 26 Apr 2019
International Exchanges Scheme - Cost Share Programme (China) - GABA-regulation of circadian rhythms in Arabidopsis Royal Society 01 Jun 2014 31 Oct 2016
Biosciences KTN Studentship - Control of environmental stress responses by the circadian clock and abscisic acid Bayer Crop Science 01 Oct 2012 30 Jun 2015
Global control of rythmic gene expression by transcription factor LHY BBSRC 01 Jun 2008 31 May 2012
A Novel, membrane-bound regulator of circadian rhythms in plant cells Genetics Society 04 Jul 2011 11 Sep 2011
Probing the transcriptional network underlying circadian rhythms in Ostreococcus BBSRC 01 Oct 2009 31 May 2010
Genetics Society Summer Studentship for Harriet Hurdle. Genetics Society 26 Jun 2006 25 Aug 2006
Conference Grant - Biannual meeting of the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms. Royal Society 22 Jun 2004 27 Jun 2004
Automated Luciferase Imaging Royal Society 01 May 2003 30 Apr 2004