Faculté des Sciences
Département des sciences de la vie
Biologie végétale translationnelle
Integrative Biological Sciences (InBioS)

ULiège address
Bât. B22 Biologie végétale translationnelle
Quartier Vallée 1
chemin de la Vallée 4
4000 Liège 1
ULiège phone number
+32 4 3663844
ULiège Fax
+32 4 3662960
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Conseil sectoriel à la recherche et à la valorisation
Sciences et Techniques
University degrees
1999 : Licence en Sciences Biologiques (orientation végétale) (Université de Liège)
2003 : Doctorat en Sciences (Université de Liège)


Holding a university degree in Plant Science (University of Liege, 1999), Marc Hanikenne worked on cadmium tolerance mechanisms in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii during his PhD thesis.

After graduation in 2003, he joined as a Post-Doc the group of Dr. Ute Krämer at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Molecular Physiology, in Potsdam, Germany, in the frame of the EU-funded Research Training Network ¿Metalhome¿. While pursuing his interest for metal homeostasis in algae, he mostly worked on the mechanisms of metal hypertolerance and hyperaccumulation in the pseudometallophyte Arabidopsis halleri. He contributed to the discovery of genes playing major roles in these extreme traits. In 2006, he returned to Liege as a FNRS Postdoctoral Researcher and joined the Functional Genomics and Plant Molecular Imaging Laboratory directed by Prof. Patrick Motte. He pursued his work on A. halleri and algae.

Since October 2010, Marc Hanikenne holds a permanent position as F.R.S.-FNRS Research Associate in the laboratory and heads the metal homeostasis group. He was promoted to Senior Research Associate in 2019. His research interest remains focused on metal homeostasis in plants and algae, examining the acclimation and adaptation of photosynthetic organisms to metal imbalance (excess or deficiency) in a number of models: A. thaliana, A. halleri, C. reinhardtii and more recently Alliaria petiolata, Brassica napus and Brachypodium dystachion. To examine these questions, the group has developed expertise in plant physiology, genetics, genomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics and has extensive collaborations with several labs in Belgium and abroad.

In addition to the scientific supervision of bachelor and master students, Marc Hanikenne is involved in teaching at ULiège, with Genomics (Master in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology) and Practical Genomics (Master in Bioinformatics and Modelization, with D. Baurain) courses as well as a phytoremediation segment of an Ecotoxicology course (Master in Biology of Organisms and Environment, with M. Carnol and C. Joachim-Justo). He is contributing to a Bioinformatics training at GIGA-Forem.

Research field

  • Génétique des plantes
  • Biologie cellulaire
  • Biologie moléculaire
  • Mutagenèse et technologie génétique
  • Environnement et pollution

Duties or mandates

  • 01/10/2006-30/09/2009 Chargé de Recherche FRS-FNRS
  • 01/10/2010-30/09/2019 Chercheur Qualifié FRS-FNRS
  • 01/10/2019-présent Maître de Recherche FRS-FNRS

ULiège Course

Boîte à Outils : Techniques d'analyse des acides nucléiques, 20h Th, 16h Pr, 4h AUTR, BAURAIN Denis, DEQUIEDT Franck, HANIKENNE Marc, MEYER Patrick

Adaptation, Evolution et Diversité, 40h Th, 10h Pr, 30h AUTR, BAURAIN Denis, DEQUIEDT Franck, DRUET Tom, GALLENI Moreno, HANIKENNE Marc, MOUTON Alice, N..., REMACLE Claire, SADZOT Catherine, WILMOTTE Annick

Réponses à l'environnement, 40h Th, 20h Pr, 20h AUTR, BOUCHÉ Frédéric, DEQUIEDT Franck, HANIKENNE Marc, N..., PÉRILLEUX Claire, RIGALI Sébastien

Génétique et introduction à l'écologie moléculaire, 20h Th, 10h Pr, HANIKENNE Marc

Practical genomics, 10h Th, 30h TD, BAURAIN Denis, HANIKENNE Marc

Ecotoxicologie des sols et bioremédiation, 24h Th, 12h Pr, CARNOL Monique, HANIKENNE Marc, JOAQUIM-JUSTO Célia

Biologie I, 28h Th, 36h Pr, HANIKENNE Marc

Génomique, 20h Th, HANIKENNE Marc

Bioinformatics applications: Technological survey, 40h Proj., BAURAIN Denis, HANIKENNE Marc, MEYER Patrick, TOCQUIN Pierre

Activité de soutien à l'apprentissage en Biologie I pour les vétérinaires, 40h REM, HANIKENNE Marc

Activité de soutien à l'apprentissage en Biologie I pour les vétérinaires, 8h REM, HANIKENNE Marc

Stages ou travaux pratiques intégrés (y compris séminaires), 8sem St., BAURAIN Denis, DEQUIEDT Franck, GALLENI Moreno, HANIKENNE Marc, MATAGNE André, MEYER Patrick, MICHAUX Johan, MOTTE Patrick, N..., PÉRILLEUX Claire, REMACLE Claire, SADZOT Catherine, THIRY Marc

Stage en laboratoire, 6sem St., BAURAIN Denis, BEAUFAY François, BOUCHÉ Frédéric, BRANS Alain, CARDOL Pierre, DEQUIEDT Franck, DI VALENTIN Emmanuel, DUMOULIN Mireille, FETTWEIS Grégory, GALLENI Moreno, HANIKENNE Marc, HERKENNE Stéphanie, KERFF Frédéric, LEBRUN Marielle, LEGRAND Sylvie, MATAGNE André, MEYER Patrick, MICHAUX Johan, MOTTE Patrick, PEERS Bernard, PÉRILLEUX Claire, REMACLE Claire, RIGALI Sébastien, SADZOT Catherine, STRUMAN Ingrid, TERRAK Mohammed, THELEN Nicolas, THIRY Marc, TOCQUIN Pierre, VANDEVENNE Marylène, VOZ Marianne, WILMOTTE Annick