Gregor Mendel Institute

Dr Frederic Berger is a Senior Group Leader researching the impact of histone variants on indexing and structuring genetic information

Nationality: French

Academic Qualifications

  • Student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENSL)
  • PhD, Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, U.K./ Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, 1994.
  • Post Doc at John Innes Centre (Norwich, U.K.). Work on the role of positional information in Arabidopsis root development. 1995-1996.

Current and Former Positions

  • INRA, Lyon, France Research Scientist. Research assistant professor. 1997-2004
  • Temasek Lifesciences Laboratory, Group Leader, Singapore 2004-2014.
  • Senior Group leader at Gregor Mendel Institute, Vienna, Austria. Current position.

Selected Publications

Berger F, Taylor AR & Brownlee C (1994) Cell fate determination by the cell wall in early Fucus development. Science 263:1421-1423

Berger F ,Haseloff J, Schiefelbein J & Dolan L (1998) Positional information in root epidermis is defined during embryogenesis and acts throughout plant life as domains with strict boundaries. Cur. Biol. 8: 421-430.

Rotman, N., Durbarry, A., Wardle, A., Yang, W. C., Chaboud, A., Faure, J-E., Berger, F., Twell, D. (2005). A Novel Class of MYB factors control sperm-cell formation in plants. Cur. Biol. 15, 244-248.

Ingouff, M., FitzGerald, J.N., Guérin, C., Robert, N., Sørensen, M., Van Damme, D., Geelen, D., Blanchoin, L. and Berger, F.  (2005). Plant formin AtFH5 is an evolutionarily conserved actin nucleator involved in cytokinesis. Nat. Cell Biol. 7 :374-380.

Ingouff, M., Hamamura, Y., Gourgues, M., Higashiyama, T. and Berger F. (2007) Distinct dynamics of HISTONE3 variants between the two fertilization products in plants. Cur Biol 17 : 1032-1037.

Jullien, P.E., Mosquna, A., Ingouff, M., Sakata T., Ohad, N. and Berger, F. (2008). Retinoblastoma and its Binding Partner MSI1 Control Imprinting in Arabidopsis. Plos Biology 6 : e94.

Ingouff M, Rademacher S, Holec S, Šoljić L, Nie Xin, Readshaw A, Foo SH, Lahouze B, Sprunck S, Berger F (2010) Zygotic Resetting of the HISTONE 3 Variant Repertoire Participates in Epigenetic Reprogramming in Arabidopsis   Curr Biol,  20: 2137-2143.

Wollmann H, Holec S, Alden K, Clarke ND, Jacques P-E, Berger F (2012). Dynamic Deposition of Histone Variant H3.3 Accompanies Developmental Remodeling of the Arabidopsis Transcriptome Plos Genetics, 10.1371/journal.pgen.1002658

Jullien PJ, Susaki D, Yelagandula R, Higashiyama T, and Berger F (2012) DNA methylation dynamics during sexual reproduction in Arabidopsis thaliana. Curr Biol 22 : 1825-1830

Vu TM, Nakamura M, Calarco JP, Susaki D, Lim PQ, Kinoshita T, Higashiyama T, Martienssen RA, Berger F. (2013) RNA-directed DNA methylation regulates parental genomic imprinting at several loci in Arabidopsis. Development. 140:2953-60.

Yelagandula R, Stroud H, Holec S, Zhou K, Feng S, Zhong X, Muthurajan U, Nie X, Kawashima T, Groth M, Luger K, Jacobsen S, Berger F. (2014) The Histone Variant H2A.W Defines Heterochromatin and Promotes Chromatin Condensation in Arabidopsis. Cell, 158 :98-109.

Xin, N, Wang, H, Li, J, Holec, S and Berger, F. (2014). The HIRA complex that deposits the histone H3.3 is conserved in Arabidopsis and facilitates transcriptional dynamics. BiolOpen, doi: 10.1242/bio.20148680

Kawashima T, Maruyama D, Shagirov M, Li J, Hamamura Y, Yelagandula R, Toyama Y, and Berger F (2014). Dynamic F-actin movement is essential for fertilization in Arabidopsis thaliana eLife 10.7554/eLife.04501

Berger, F. and Twell, D (2011) The plant Germline. Ann Rev in Plant Biol. 62:461-84. 

Li J and Berger F (2012) Tansley review. Endosperm, fodder for discoveries and mankind. New Phytologist, 195: 290-305. 

Talbert PB, et al., (2012). A unified phylogeny-based nomenclature for histone variants.Epigenetics Chromatin 21;5:7.

Kawashima T and Berger F (2014). Reprograming mechanisms in plants . Invited review at Nature Reviews Genetics, doi:10.1038/nrg3685

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