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Florent Figon


I am an associate professor (Maitre de conférences in French) of Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), working at the Laboratoire d'écologie alpine (LECA, UMR 5553 CNRS-Université Grenoble Alpes-Université Savoie Mont-Blanc, France) and the Institut national supérieur du professorat et de l'éducation (INSPÉ) of Grenoble. I am deeply interested in understanding organismal biology with an integrative approach, i.e. at a multiscale and interdisciplinary level.

My research at the Alpine Ecology Laboratory focuses on the ecophysiology of pigmentation in insects, particularly on the link between global change (temperature and metal pollutants) and pigments (ommochromes, pterins and melanins) of butterfly wings. By deciphering the structural and functional diversity of wing pigments along thermal and urban gradients in the Alps, the aim is to provide a better understanding of how animals can adapt to human impacts on their ecosystems. This project is deeply interdisciplinary, with methods ranging from quantum chemistry to correlative Synchrotron-based and electron imaging.


Journal articles9 documents

  • Florent Figon, Ian Baldwin, Emmanuel Gaquerel. Ethylene is a local modulator of jasmonate-dependent phenolamide accumulation during Manduca sexta herbivory in Nicotiana attenuata. Plant, Cell and Environment, Wiley, 2021, 44 (3), pp.964-981. ⟨10.1111/pce.13955⟩. ⟨hal-03200880⟩
  • Florent Figon, Ilse Hurbain, Xavier Heiligenstein, Sylvain Trépout, A. Lanoue, et al.. Catabolism of lysosome-related organelles in color-changing spiders supports intracellular turnover of pigments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , National Academy of Sciences, 2021, 118 (35), pp.e2103020118. ⟨10.1073/pnas.2103020118⟩. ⟨hal-03413508⟩
  • Florent Figon, Leila Deravi, Jérôme Casas. Barriers and Promises of the Developing Pigment Organelle Field. Integrative and Comparative Biology, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2021, ⟨10.1093/icb/icab164⟩. ⟨hal-03319372⟩
  • Florent Figon, Jérôme Casas, Ilaria Ciofini, Carlo Adamo. Electronic coupling in the reduced state lies at the origin of color changes of ommochromes. Dyes and Pigments, Elsevier, 2021, 185, pp.108661. ⟨10.1016/j.dyepig.2020.108661⟩. ⟨hal-02954670⟩
  • Florent Figon, J. Casas. The Integrative Biology of Pigment Organelles, a Quantum Chemical Approach. Integrative and Comparative Biology, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2021, ⟨10.1093/icb/icab045⟩. ⟨hal-03319375⟩
  • Florent Figon, Thibaut Munsch, Cecile Croix, Marie-Claude Viaud-Massuard, Arnaud Lanoue, et al.. Uncyclized xanthommatin is a key ommochrome intermediate in invertebrate coloration. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Elsevier, 2020, 124, pp.103403. ⟨10.1016/j.ibmb.2020.103403⟩. ⟨hal-02886293⟩
  • Florent Figon, Jérôme Casas. Ommochromes in invertebrates: biochemistry and cell biology. Biological Reviews, Wiley, 2019, 94 (1), pp.156-183. ⟨10.1111/brv.12441⟩. ⟨hal-02333637⟩
  • Léa Ripoll, Xavier Heiligenstein, Ilse Hurbain, Lia Domingues, Florent Figon, et al.. Myosin VI and branched actin filaments mediate membrane constriction and fission of melanosomal tubule carriers. Journal of Cell Biology, Rockefeller University Press, 2018, 217 (8), pp.2709 - 2726. ⟨10.1083/jcb.201709055⟩. ⟨hal-03059386⟩
  • Ana Llandres Lopez, Florent Figon, Jean-Philippe Christidès, Nicole Mandon, Jérome Casas. Environmental and hormonal factors controlling reversible colour change in crab spiders. Journal of Experimental Biology, The Company of Biologists, 2013, 216 (20), pp.3886-3895. ⟨10.1242/jeb.086470⟩. ⟨hal-01310186⟩

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Theses1 document

  • Florent Figon. Photobiochimie et biologie cellulaire des ommochromes : implications dans le changement de couleur. Sciences du Vivant [q-bio]. Université de Tours, 2020. Français. ⟨tel-03413931⟩