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Research interests:


Aquatic host-pathogen interactions

Abiotic stress in algae


HAPAR (Laure Guillou): The paradox of being a specialist for a parasite of marine blooming


ENVICOPAS (Laure Guillou): Impact of environmental changes on coastal pathogen systems


Education / career:

2014 – 2016: Postdoctoral research assistant at SAMS (Oban,United Kingdom)

Projects: HERDIR, AEID (Funding: Genomia Funds)

2011 – 2014: Ingénieur d’Etudes at the Station Biologique de Roscoff (France)

Project: Development of gene silencing techniques in brown algae (Funding: Marinexus, Interreg)

2007 – 2011: PhD thesis at SAMS (Oban, UK)

Project: Molecular Biology of the Ectocarpus / Eurychasma pathosystem (Funding:

ECOSUMMER Marie Curie fellowship for Early Stage Researchers)

2001- 2006: Diplom (equivalent to MSc) in Biology with emphasis on Plant Biochemistry and Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of Konstanz (Germany)


Publications in peer-reviewed journals:

19.) Macaisne N, Liu F, Scornet D, Peters AF, Lipinska A, Perrineau M-M, Henry A, Strittmatter M, Coelho SM and Cock JM (accepted). The Ectocarpus IMMEDIATE UPRIGHT gene encodes a member of a novel family of cysteine-rich proteins that have an unusual distribution across the eukaryotes. Development

18.) Gachon CMM, Strittmatter M, Badis Y, Fletcher K, van West P and Müller DG (accepted). The pathogens of brown algae Anisolpidium ectocarpii and Anisolpidium rosenvingei define a new order of marine anteriorly uniciliate oomycetes. European Journal of Phycology

17.) Küpper FC, Peters AF, Shewring D, Sayer M, Mystikou A, Brown H, Azzorpardi E, Dargent O, Strittmatter M, Brennan D, Asensi A, van West P and Wilce R. (first online: 10.1111/jpy.12417). Arctic marine phytobenthos of Northern Baffin Island. Journal of Phycology.

16.) Strittmatter M, Guerra T, Silva J and Gachon CMM (2016). A new flagellated dispersion stage in Paraphysoderma sedebokerense, a pathogen of Haematococcus pluvialis. Journal of Applied Phycology 28: 1553-1558

15.) Tarver JE, Cormier A, Pinzόn N, Taylor RS, Carré W, Strittmatter M, Seitz H, Coelho SM and Cock JM (first online doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv578). microRNAs and the evolution of complex multicellularity: Identification of a large, diverse complement of microRNAs in the brown alga Ectocarpus. Nucleic Acids Research.

14.) Strittmatter M, Grenville-Briggs LJ, Breithut L, van West P, Gachon CMM and Küpper FC (2016). Infection of the brown alga Ectocarpus siliculosus by the oomycete Eurychasma dicksonii induces oxidative stress and halogen metabolism. Plant, Cell and Environment 39: 259-271

13.) Rautenberger R, Fernandez PA, Strittmatter M, Heesch S, Cornwall CE, Hurd CL and Roleda MY (2015). Saturating light and not increases carbon dioxide under ocean acidification drives photosynthesis and growth in Ulva rigida (Chlorophyta). Ecology and Evolution 5: 874-888.

12.) Yan EC, Peters AF, Kawai H, Stern R, Hanyuda T, Bárbara I, Müller DG, Strittmatter M, Prud’Homme van Peine WF and Küpper FC (2014). Ligulate Desmarestia (Desmarestiales, Phaepphyceae) revisited: D. japonica sp. nov. and D. dudresnayi differ from D. ligulata. Journal of Phycology 50: 149-166.

11.) Farnham G*, Strittmatter M*, Coelho S, Cock JM and Brownlee C (2013). Gene silencing in Fucus embryos: Developmental consequences of RNAi-mediated cytoskeletal disruption. Journal of Phycology (49): 819-829. *joint first authors

10.) Strittmatter M, Gachon CMM, Müller DG, Kleinteich J, Heesch S, Tsirigoti A, Katsaros, C, Kostopoulou M and Küper FC (2013). Intracellular eukaryotic pathogens in brown macroalgae in the Eastern Mediterranean, including LSU rRNA data for the oomycetes. Eurychasma dicksonii. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (104):1-11.

9.) Zambounis A, Strittmatter M and Gachon CMM (2013). Chronic stress and disease resistance in the genome model marine seaweed Ectocarpus siliculosus. Aquatic Botany (104): 147-152.

8.) Cock JM, Arun A, Godfroy O, Macaisne N, Strittmatter M, Peters AF and Coelho SM (2012). Genomics of brown algae: current advances and future prospects. Genes and Genomics 34 (1): 1-5

7.) Zambounis A, Gaquerel E, Strittmatter M, Salaün J-P, Potin P and Küpper FC (2012). Prostaglandin A2 triggers a strong oxidative burst in Laminaria: a novel defense inducer in brown algae? Algae 27 (1): 21-32.

6.) Grenville-Briggs LJ, Gachon CMM, Strittmatter M, Sterck L, Küpper FC and van West P (2011). A molecular insight into algal-oomycete warfare: cDNA analysis of Ectocarpus siliculosus infected with the basal oomycete Eurychasma dicksonii. PLoS ONE 6 (9): e24500.

5.) Lohscheider JN, Strittmatter M, Küpper H and Adamska (2011). Vertical distribution of benthic freshwater cyanobacterial Synechococcus spp. strains depends on their ability for photoprotection. PLoS ONE 6 (5): e20134

4.) Gachon CMM, Sime-Ngando T, Strittmatter M, Chambouvet A, and Kim GH (2010). Algal diseases: Spotlight on a black box. Trends in Plant Science 15 (11): 633-640.

3.) Cock JM, (…), Strittmatter M (…) and Wincker P. The Ectocarpus genome and the independent evolution of multicellularity in the brown algae. Nature 465: 617-621.

2.) Gachon CMM, Strittmatter M, Kleinteich J, Müller DG and Küpper FC (2009). Detection of differential host susceptibility to the marine oomycete pathogen Eurychasma dicksonii by Real-Time PCR: Not all algae are equal. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75 (2): 322-328.

1.) Küpper H, Setlik I, Seibert S, Prasil O, Setlikova E, Strittmatter M, Levitan O, Lohscheider J, Adamska I and Berman-Frank I (2008). Iron limitation in the marine cyanobacterium Trichodesmium reveals new insights into regulation of photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation. New Phytologist 179, 784-798.

Book chapters:

IV.) Cock JM, Godfroy O, Strittmatter M, Scornet D, Uji T, Farnham G, Peters AF, Coelho SM (2015). Emergence of Ectocarpus as a model system to study the evolution of complex multicellularity in the brown algae. In: Evolutionary Transitions to Multicellular Life, Advances in Marine Genomics 2. Ed. by Ruiz-Trillo I and Nedelcu AM. 153-162.

III.) Cock JM, Sterck L, (…), Strittmatter M, (…) and Wincker P (2012). The Ectocarpus Genome Consortium. The Ectocarpus genome and brown algal genomics. In: Advances in Botanical Research. Ed. by Piganeau G

II.) Marano AV, Pires-Zottarelli CLA, de Souza JI, Glockling SL, Leaño E, Gachon CMM, Strittmatter M and Gleason FH (2012). Hyphochytriomycota, Oomycota and Perkinsozoa (Supergroup Chromalveolata). In: Marine Fungi and fungal-like organisms. Ed. by Jones GEB and Pang K-L., pp. 167-214.

I.) Strittmatter M, Gachon CMM and Küpper FC (2009). The ecology of lower oomycetes. In: Oomycete Genetics and Genomics: Diversity, Interactions and Research Tools. Ed. by Kamoun S and Lamour K., pp. 25-46.