Marc Libault - Reseacrh Scientist


Dr. Marc Libault

Assistant Professor
Department of Botany and Microbiology
770 Van Vleet Oval, room 32
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019

Contact information
Division of Plant Sciences
202 Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO  65211
e-mail: libaultm at
office: (573) 884 3045
cell: (573) 239 4212


2005-present       University of Missouri, National Center for Soybean Biotechnology
Postdoctoral Research Associate
NSF and MSMC fellow
Research subject: Investigation of soybean root hair cells response toBradyrhizobium japonicum inoculation.
Supervisor:  Dr. Gary Stacey


2000-2004           Paris 11 University (Orsay, France), IJPB, INRA of Versailles
PhD in Molecular and Cellular Plant Physiology
Research subject: Characterization of the Arabidopsis thaliana LHP1 (Like Heterochromatin Protein 1) protein.
Supervisor: Dr. Valerie Gaudin

1999-2000           Paris 6 Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris, France)
MS in Molecular and Cellular Plant Physiology

1998-1999           Paris 7 Denis Diderot University (Paris, France)
BS in Cellular Biology and Physiology, Molecular and Cellular Genetic section, Applied Genetic option



March-July 1999    Undergraduate Research Assistant (Laboratoire de Physiologie Cellulaire et Moléculaire des Plantes, Paris 6 University/CNRS)
Research subject: Molecular and biochemical characterization of Arabidopsis thaliana mutants potentially affected in phosphoinositide biosynthesis.
Supervisor: Dr. Sylvie Collin

Summer 1998      Undergraduate Research Assistant (Laboratoire de physicochimie des macromolécules biologiques (Institut Pasteur).
Research subject: Recognition of DNA targets by RNA and DNA polymerases
Supervisor: Dr. Annie Kolb


Libault M and Stacey G. Invited to write an article for Plant Signal Behav. Addenda to ” A member of the highly conserved FWL (tomato FW2.2-like) gene family is essential for soybean nodule organogenesis.” The Plant Journal.

Libault M, Brechenmacher L, Cheng J, Xu D and Stacey G. Invited to write a review article on the topic “Root hair systems biology” for Trends in Plant Science.

Brechenmacher L, Lei Z, Libault M, Findley S, Sugawara M, Sadowsky MJ, Sumner LW and Stacey G. Soybean metabolites regulated in root hairs in response to the symbiotic bacterium Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Plant Physiol.

1- Libault M, Farmer A, Joshi T, Takahashi K, Langley RJ, Levi FD, He J, Xu D,  May GD and Stacey G. (2010) An integrated transcriptome atlas of the crop model Glycine max and its use in comparative analyses in plants. The Plant Journal. Accepted, in press.

2- Libault M, Zhang XC, Govindarajulu M, Ong YT, Brechenmacher L, Berg H, Hurley-Sommer A, Qiu J, Taylor CG and Stacey G. (2010) A member of the highly conserved FWL (tomato FW2.2-like) gene family is essential for soybean nodule organogenesis. The Plant Journal. Accepted, in press.

3- Libault M, Farmer A, Brechenmacher L, May GD and Stacey G. (2010) Soybean root hairs: a valuable system to investigate plant biology at the cellular level. Plant Signal Behav. 19; 5(4). Addenda to ”Complete transcriptome of soybean root hair cell, a single cell model, and its alteration in response to Bradyrhizobium japonicum infection.” Plant Physiol. 152(2):541-52

4- Wang Z, Libault M, Joshi J, Valliyodan B, Nguyen HT, Xu D, Stacey G and Cheng J. (2010) SoyDB: A Knowledge Database of Soybean Transcription Factors. BMC Plant Biol. 10(1):14.

5- Libault M, Farmer A, Brechenmacher L, Drnevich J, Langley RJ, Bilgin DD, Radman O, Neece DJ, Clough SJ, May GD and Stacey G. (2010) Complete transcriptome of soybean root hair cell, a single cell model, and its alteration in response to Bradyrhizobium japonicum infection. Plant Physiol. 152(2):541-52. Plant Systems Biology Special Issue 2010.

6- Schmutz J, Cannon SB, Schlueter J, Ma J, Mitros T, Nelson W, Hyten DL, Song Q, Thelen JJ, Cheng J, Xu D, Hellsten U, May GD, Yu Y, Sakurai T, Umezawa T, Bhattacharyya MK, Sandhu D, Valliyodan B, Lindquist E, Peto M, Grant D, Shu S, Goodstein D, Barry K, Futrell-Griggs M, Abernathy B, Du J, Tian Z, Zhu L, Gill N, Joshi T, Libault M, Sethuraman A, Zhang XC, Shinozaki K, Nguyen HT, Wing RA, Cregan P, Specht J, Grimwood J, Rokhsar D, Stacey G, Shoemaker RC and Jackson SA. (2010) Genome sequence of the paleopolyploid soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.). Nature. 463(7278):178-83.

7- Joshi T, Yan Z, Libault M, Jeong DH, Park S, Green PJ, Sherrier J, Farmer A, May GD, Meyers B, Xu D and Stacey G. (2010) Prediction of novel miRNAs and associated target genes in Glycine max. BMC Bioinformatics. 11(Suppl 1):S14 (18 January 2010).

8- Libault M, Joshi T, Takahashi K, Hurley-Sommer A, Puricelli K, Blake S, Finger R, Taylor CG, Xu D, Nguyen HT, and Stacey G. (2009) Large scale analysis of soybean transcriptional regulatory genes expression allows the identification of a MYB gene involved in nodule development. Plant Physiol. 151(3):1207-20. Legume Special Issue 2009.

9- Libault M, Joshi T, Benedito V, Xu D, Udvardi M and Stacey G. (2009) Legume transcription factor genes; what makes legumes so special? In press, Plant Physiol. 151(3):991-1001. Legume Special Issue 2009.

10- Brechenmacher L, Lee J, Sachdev S, Song Z, Nguyen THN, Joshi T, Oehrle N, Libault M, Mooney B, Xu D, Cooper B and Stacey G. (2009) Establishment of a protein reference map for soybean root hair cell. Plant Physiol. 149(2):670-82.

11- Govindarajulu M, Kim SY, Libault M, Berg RH, Tanaka K, Stacey G and Taylor CG. (2009) GS52 ecto-apyrase plays a critical role during soybean nodulation. Plant Physiol. 149(2):994-1004.

12- Libault M, Thibivilliers S, Bilgin DD, Radwan O, Benitez M, Clough SJ, and Stacey G (2008) Identification of four soybean reference genes for gene expression normalization. Plant Gen. 1:44-54.

13- Brechenmacher L, Kim MY, Benitez M, Li M, Joshi T, Calla B, Lee MP, Libault M, Vodkin LO, Xu D, Lee SH, Clough SJ and Stacey G. (2008) Transcription profiling of soybean nodulation byBradyrhizobium japonicum. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact. 21:631-45.

14- Libault M, Wan J, Czechowski T, Udvardi M and Stacey G (2007) Identification of 118 Arabidopsis transcription factor and 30 ubiquitin-ligase genes responding to chitin, a plant-defense elicitor, Mol Plant Microbe Interact. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact. 20:900-11.

15- Zhang XC, Wu X, Findley S, Wan J, Libault M, Nguyen HT, Cannon SB, Stacey G (2007) Molecular Evolution of LysM Type Receptor-like Kinases in Plants. Plant Physiol. 144:623-36.

16- Stacey G, Libault M, Brechenmacher L, Wan J, May GD (2006) Genetics and functional genomics of legume nodulation. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 9:110-21

17- Libault M, Tessadori F, Germann S, Snijder B, Fransz P, Gaudin V (2005) The Arabidopsis LHP1 protein is a component of euchromatin. Planta 222:910-25

18- Gaudin V, Libault M, Pouteau S, Juul T, Zhao G, Lefebvre D, Grandjean O (2001) Mutations in LIKE HETEROCHROMATIN PROTEIN 1 affect flowering time and plant architecture in Arabidopsis. Development 128:4847-4858.

Wan J, Ramonell K, Zhang X, Clough S, Zhang R, Libault M, Stacey M, Hong JC, and Stacey G (2008) Chitin signaling in Arabidopsis. In: Biology of Plant Microbe Interactions, Vol. 6 (Lorito M, Woo SL, and Scala F, eds). The American Phytopathological Society.

Stacey G, Brechenmacher L, Libault M, Sachdev S (2007) Functional Genomics of Soybean Root-Hair Infection Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture. Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture Volume 42:181-182.

2009  9th International Plant Molecular Biology (IPMB) Congress at St. Louis, MO (October 25-30, 2009). Dynamic expression profile of soybean transcription factor genes during nodulation. (invited by Dr. Maria Monteros, Noble foundation).

2008 12th Biennial Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Soybean Conference at Indianapolis, IN (July 20-23, 2008). A member of the highly conserved FWL (tomato FW2.2-like) gene family is essential for soybean nodule organogenesis. (invited by Dr. Scott Jackson, University of Purdue)

2008 16th Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) Meeting at San Diego, CA (January 12-16, 2008). Atlas of soybean transcription factor expression. (invited by Dr. Gary Stacey, University of Missouri).


1- Soybean root hair infection by Bradyrhizobium japonicum
2- Soybean nodule development
3- Identification, expression pattern and characterization of the function of soybean transcription factor genes

2010: Invited lecturer for PS8505 Introduction to Plant Stress Biology
2010: Several times invited lecturer for PS9540 Genetics of the Plant-Microbe Interaction
2007, 2008 and 2009: Co-instructor to high school teachers as part of NSF program
2006 and 2008: Invited reviewer for the Molecular Plant Physiology course

Mentoring of Research specialists
June-December 2005                                                                 Christine Schramm
September 2005-July 2006                                                        Kaori Takahashi
June 2006-December 2006                                                       Dr. Sherri Sachdev
May 2007-Febuary 2008 and December 2008-May 2009     Andrea Hurley-Sommer

Mentoring of Graduate students
June 2005-December 2006                                                     Hyojin Cho (master)
October 2008 to July 2009                                                       Jeongmin Choi (PhD)
May 2008 to present                                                                 Zhe Yan (PhD)

Mentoring of Undergraduates
February 2005-Febuary 2006                                                 David Sprowls
September 2005-August 2006                                                Chia Rou Yeo
July 2006-April 2007                                                                Yee Tsuey Ong
September 2006-April 2007                                                     Leremie Shaffer
April 2007-May 2008                                                                Asa Shaffer
January 2008-May 2008                                                          Ashley Kell
March 2008-July 2009                                                              Kari Puricelli
June 2009-October 2009                                                          Ceili Cornelison
August 2009-present                                                                Charles Jones
September 2009-January 2010                                                Jalisa Ray
September 2009-February 2010                                              Joshua Lilly
January 2010-present                                                              Amanda Straight

Mentoring of High school Students
Summer 2006                                                                            Britney Anne Koepf