Dr Cécile Le Guillard

BSc., MSc., PhD.

Contact Details

Post Doctoral Researcher
Ryan Institute
Room 311 - Ryan Institute
Botany and Plant Science
School of Natural Sciences
NUI Galway

E: cecile.leguillard@nuigalway.ie


Dr Cécile Le Guillard holds a MSc in "Bioprocesses and Marine Biotechnologies" from Université de Nantes (France) after working on the enzymatic hydrolysis of green seaweeds to produce fermentable sugars. Then, for her PhD in Marine Biotechnology from Université de Nantes (France), she worked in collaboration with IFREMER (Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la MER) and Université de Nantes within the COSELMAR project (Compréhension des Socio-Ecosystèmes Littoraux et MARins, Comprehension of coastal and maritime socio-ecosystems). Her PhD research was dedicated to promoting the use of a non‑native red seaweed from the French Atlantic coast: Grateloupia turuturu. The overall aim was to develop sustainable processes to intensify the biomass liquefaction for the recovery of various compounds of interest with a focus on a pigment : R-phycoerythrin (R-PE). Different extraction methods were carried out : enzyme-assisted extraction (EAE), ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE) and ultrasound-assisted enzymatic hydrolysis (UAEH).

Today, Dr Le Guillard is Postdoctoral Researcher in Dr Dagmar B. Stengel's group working on the project "Seaweed-Microbe Interactions to enhance Bioactive yields for food applications" (SMI-Bio). This project is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and is carried out by three Irish collaborating institutions: the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), University College Cork (UCC) and Teagasc Ashtown.