Jean-Sébastien Parent, Ph.D.

Research and/or project statements

  • Increasing agricultural yields
  • Control gene flow from crops to wild relative
  • Improve the quality of the gene pool of crops

Education and awards

Ph.D. Biochemistry, Université de Montréal, Canada, 2011

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Université de Montréal, Canada, 2004

Key publications

  • H. Turcotte, J. Hooker, B. Samanfar, J.-S. Parent (2022) Can epigenetics guide the production of better adapted cultivars?. Agronomy 12(4):838.
  • J.-S. Parent, J. Cahn, R. P. Herridge, D. Grimanelli, R. A. Martienssen (2021) Small RNAs guide histone methylation in Arabidopsis embryos. Genes Dev., 35(11-12): 841–846.
  • J.-S. Parent, F. Borges, A. Shimada, R.A. Martienssen (2019) Small RNA Function in Plants: From Chromatin to the Next Generation. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology, Volume LXXXIV.
  • F. Borges, J.-S. Parent, F. van Ex, P. Wolff, G. Martínez, C. Köhler, R. A. Martienssen (2018) Transposon-derived small RNAs triggered by miR845 mediate genome dosage response in Arabidopsis. Nat. Genet. 50(2): 186–192.
  • J.-S. Parent, V. Jauvion, N. Bouché, C. Béclin, M. Hachet, M. Zytnicki, H. Vaucheret (2015) Post-transcriptional gene silencing triggered by sense transgenes involves uncapped antisense RNA and differs from silencing intentionally triggered by antisense transgenes. Nucleic Acids Res. 43, 8464–8475.
  • J.-S. Parent, N. Bouteiller, T. Elmayan, H. Vaucheret (2015) Respective contributions of Arabidopsis DLC2 and DCL4 to RNA silencing. Plant J., 81, 223–232.

Research facility

960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6


2019-              Ottawa Research Center for Development, Ottawa, Canada

2013-2018      Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, USA

2010-2013      Institut National de Recherche Agronomique, Versailles, France

2004-2010      Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada