Muriel Gros-Balthazard

Senior Research Scientist Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BS University of Grenoble, France & University of Sussex, UK; MS University of Montpellier & University of Grenoble; PhD University of Montpellier

Research Areas: evolutionary biology; date palm; domestication; archeobotany

Dr. Muriel Gros-Balthazard was born in Grenoble, France (1985). She received her Bachelor in Biology from Université J. Fourier, Grenoble (2011), spending one year in Brighton, UK, at the University of Sussex, as a recipient of Erasmus scholarship. She received her MS in Biodiversity, ecology, and environment from the Université J. Fourier, Grenoble (2009). Then, she moved to Montpellier, where she earned her PhD in Biology from the University of Montpellier under the supervision of Professor Jean-Frédéric Terral & Doctor Jean-Christophe Pintaud (2012). She then started a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Wegmann Group at the University of Fribourg. She moved back to Montpellier for a Marie Curie fellowship at SupAGro. In January 2018, she joined the CGSB at NYUAD and the Purugganan Lab.

Her research focus on the origins of crops and especially the date palm. Her interests include evolutionary genomics, archaeosciences, and ethnobotany.


My research activities include the coordination of the date palm genomics project. My personal project consists in refining the origins of the date palm using a large genomic dataset. Since Novembre 2019, I am also Principal Investigator on a self-funded project on the diversity and origins of date palms in al Ula, Saudi Arabia.