Senior researcher CNRS

Marine microbiologist

Fred Partensky

Frédéric Partensky is a specialist of marine picocyanobacteria, the smallest and most abundant microorganisms of the marine phytoplankton



Senior scientist at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)



2000      Habilitation to supervise students (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches)
1989      PhD University of Paris VI in Biological Oceanography. Station Biologique de Roscoff, France. Advisor: D. Vaulot. (French Research & Education Ministry grant)



1989-1990 Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Dartmouth, Canada). Advisor: W.K.W Li (NSERC grant)    



2009  Ocean Sciences Award ("Prix des Sciences de la Mer"), attributed by the French Academy of Sciences



    Ecological distribution and diversity of marine picocyanobacteria
    Genomics and evolution of light-harvesting complexes in marine picocyanobacteria





  • Sanfilippo JE, Nguyen AA, Garczarek L, Karty JA, Strnat JA, Partensky F, Schluchter WM & Kehoe DM (2019) Interplay between differentially expressed enzymes contributes to light color acclimation in marine Synechococcus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. 116 (13) 6457-6462
  • Partensky F., Mella-Flores D., Six C., Garczarek L., Czjzek M., Marie D., Kotabova E., Prasil O, (2018). Oxygen production rates of marine picocyanobacteria with different configurations of the oxygen evolution complex. Photosynthesis Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11120-018-0539-3
  • Partensky F., Six C., Ratin M., Garczarek L., Vaulot D., Probert I., Calteau A., Gourvil P., Marie D., Grébert T., Bouchier, Le Panse S., Gachenot M.., Rodríguez F. & Garrido J.L. (2018). A novel species of the marine cyanobacterium Acaryochloris with a unique pigment content and lifestyle. Scientific Reports. 8; 9152. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-27542-7
  • Grébert T., Doré H., Partensky F., Farrant G.K., Boss E., Picheral M., Guidi L., Pesant S., Scanlan D.J., Wincker P., Acinas S.G., Kehoe D.M. & Garczarek L. (2018). Light color acclimation: a key process in the global ocean distribution of Synechococcus cyanobacteria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 115(9): E2010-E2019
  • Pittera J., Jouhet J., Breton S., Garczarek L., Partensky F., Maréchal E., Nguyen N.A., Doré H., Ratin M., Pitt F.D., Scanlan D.J. & Six C (2018). Thermoacclimation and genome adaptation of the membrane lipidome in marine Synechococcus. Environmental Microbiology. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13985.