Maître de conférence Sorbonne Université

Enseignant-chercheur à l'Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)


  • 2015            Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches
  • 2008            Nomination aux fonctions de Maître de Conférences de l’Université Pierre et
                         Marie Curie (Paris VI), section 66 « Physiologie »
  • 2005-07      Stage post-doctoral à l’Université de Mt Allison (Canada)
  • 2002-05      Doctorat en Biologie Marine de l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)
  • 2001            Master d’Océanologie biologique et Environnement Marin, Université Pierre et
                         Marie Curie de Paris (Paris VI).



Niveau Licence : Botanique des milieux terrestres, Ecologie végétale, Physiologie végétale, Biochimie structurale des composés lipidiques

Niveau Master : Phycologie fondamentale, Physiologie des végétaux marins, Biologie intégrative du phytoplancton




  • 2016    Pittera J, Partensky F & C Six. Adaptive thermostability of light-harvesting complexes in marine picocyanobacteria. The ISME Journal, in press.
  • 2014     Pittera J, Humily F, Ratin M, Thorel M, Garczarek L & C Six. Connecting thermal physiology and latitudinal niche partitioning in marine Synechococcus. The ISME Journal 1-16 doi:10.1038.
  • 2013     Humily F, Partensky F, Six C, Farrant G, Ratin M, Marie D, Kehoe DM & L Garczarek. A specific gene island with a dual evolutionary origin is involved in chromatic acclimation in marine Synechococcus. PLoS One 8(12) e84459.
  • 2013     Bretaudeau A, Coste F, Humily F, Garczarek L, Six C, Ratin M, Collin O, Schluchter W & F Partensky. CyanoLyase: a database of phycobilin lyase sequences, motifs and functions. Nucleic Acids Research, 1–6 doi:10.1093/nar/gks1091.
  • 2012     Mella-Flores D, Six C, Ratin, M, Partensky F, Boutte C, Marie D, Blot N, Kolowrat C & L Garczarek. Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus have evolved different adaptive mechanisms to cope with light and UV stress. Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00285.
  • 2011     Blot N, Mella-Flores D, Six C, Le Corguillé G, Boutte C, Peyrat A, Monnier A, Ratin M, Gourvil P, Campbell DA and Garczarek L. Light history influences the response of the marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. WH7803 to oxidative stress. Plant Physiology, 156(4):1934-54.
  • 2008     Boulay C, Abasova L, Six C, Vass I & Kirilovsky D, Occurrence and function of the  orange carotenoid protein in photoprotective mechanisms in various cyanobacteria.  Biochimica Biophysica Acta Bioenergetics 1777 (10):1344-1354.
  • 2008     Garczarek L, Dufresne A, Cockshutt AM, Peyrat A, Campbell DA, Joubin L & Six C,  Function and evolution of the psbA gene family in marine Synechococcus : Synechococcus  sp. WH7803 as a case study. The ISME Journal 2 (9) 937-953.
  • 2007     Six C, Finkel ZF, Irwin AJ & Campbell DA, Light variability illuminates niche partitioning among marine picocyanobacteria. Public Library of Science One 2 (12) e1341.
  • 2007     Six C, Thomas JC, Garczarek L, Ostrowski M, Dufresne A, Blot N, Scanlan D, &. Partensky F, Diversity and evolution of phycobilisomes in marine Synechococcus spp. – a comparative genomic study. Genome Biology 8 (12).
  • 2007     Six C, Joubin L, Partensky F, Holtzendorff J & Garczarek L. UV-induced phycobilisome dismantling in the marine picocyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. WH8102. Photosynthesis Research 92(1):75-86.
  • 2006     Everroad C & Six C, Thomas JC, Holtzendorf J, Partensky F & Wood M, Biochemical bases of the chromatic adaptation group IV in marine Synechococcus. Journal of Bacteriology 188(9) 3345-3356.
  • 2005     Six C, Thomas JC, Thion L, Palenik B, Lemoine Y, Zal, F & Partensky F, Two novel phycoerythrin-associated linker proteins in the marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. WH8102. Journal of Bacteriology 187(5) 1685-1694.
  • 2004     Six C, Thomas JC, Brahamsha B, Lemoine Y & Partensky F, Photophysiology of the marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. WH8102, a new model organism. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 35:17-29.



  • 2015    Lavaud J, Six C & DA Campbell. Photosystem II repair in marine diatoms with contrasting photophysiologies. Photosynthesis Research 127(2):189-99.
  • 2014    Nézan E, Siano R, Boulben S, Six C, Bilien G, Chèze K, Duval A, Lepanse S, Quéré J & N Chomérat. Genetic diversity of the toxigenic family Kareniaceae (Gymnodiniales, Dinophyceae) in France, with the description of Karlodinium gentienii sp. nov.: a new harmful dinoflagellate. Harmful algae 40:75-91.
  • 2010     Key T, McCarthy A, Campbell DA, Six C, Roy S & Finkel ZV. Cell size trade-offs govern light exploitation strategies in marine phytoplankton. Environmental Microbiology 12(1):95-104.
  • 2009     Six C, Sherrard R, Lionard M, Roy Suzanne & DC Campbell. Photosystem II and Pigment Dynamics among ecotypes of the green alga Ostreococcus. Plant Physiology 151(1):379-90.
  • 2008     Six C, Finkel Z, Rodriguez F, Marie D, Partensky F & Campbell D. Contrasting photoacclimatation costs in ecotypes of the marine picoplankter Ostreococcus. Limnology & Oceanography 53:255-265.
  • 2005     Six C & Worden AZ, Rodriguez F, Moreau H & Partensky F, New insights in the nature  and phylogeny of the photosynthetic antenna of Prasinophytes : Ostreococcus tauri, a case  study. Molecular Biology and Evolution 22(11):2217– 2230.



  • 2013     Noisette F, Duong G, Six C, Davoult D & S Martin. Combined effects of elevated pCO2 and temperature on the metabolism of a temperate rhodolith Lithothamnion Corallioides. Journal of Phycology, 49:756-757.