Estelle Couradeau

Photo of Estelle Couradeau Assistant Professor
Pennsylvania State University
450 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
Phone: 814-863-1615

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

soil microbiomes, geomicrobiology, cyanobacteria, activity probing, omics, biocrust, soil health

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Biographical Sketch

Estelle Couradeau completed her Ph.D. in geomicrobiology at the University of Paris-Diderot (France), she worked on the intricate relationship between microbes and their substrate. A topic that she further explored as a postdoc at Arizona State University. During her time in Arizona she started working on soils and applied her analytical skills to arid land soils built by microbes, namely biocrusts. She became passionate about soils and their potential to be a lifeline for current global challenges. She further pursued that topic as a postdoc at the Joint Genome Institute (LBNL) and worked on contaminated soils while completing her training in microbiomes characterization including omics techniques. She joined Penn State in early 2020 as an assistant professor in the Ecosystem Science and Management department. Her group focuses on the study of soil microbiomes, trying to understand which microbes are active and how their metabolism might be affected by the rapidly changing environmental conditions.

Other Research

Selected publications:

  1. Couradeau, J. Sasse , D. Goudeau, N. Nath , B.P. Bowen, R. Chakraborty, T.C. Hazen, R.R. Malmstrom, T.R. Northen “ Probing the active fraction of soil microbiomes using BONCAT-FACS.” 2019, Nature Communications 10, 2770
  2. Couradeau, U. Karaoz, H.C. Lim, U. Nunes da Rocha, T. Northen ,E. Brodie , F. Garcia-Pichel, “Bacteria increase arid land soil surface temperature through the production of sunscreens”, 2016, Nature Communications, 7 article number 10373
  3. Couradeau, K. Benzerara, E. Gérard, D. Moreira, S.Bernard, G.E.Brown Jr.and P. López-García “An early-branching microbialite cyanobacterium forms intracellular carbonates” 2012, Science, Vol. 336 no. 6080 pp. 459-462
  4. Couradeau, A. Giraldo-Silva, F. De Martini, F. Garcia-Pichel “Spatial segregation of the biological soil crust microbiome around its foundational cyanobacterium, Microcoleus vaginatus, and the formation of a nitrogen-fixing cyanosphere”, 2019, Microbiome 7: 55.

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