Khady Nani Dramé



Position held:

Molecular Biologist

Year of Employment:



2005 PhD, University Paris XII-Val de Marne, France
2002 Master-II, University Paris XII-Val de Marne, France
2000 Master-I, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
1999 BSc, University of Caen Basse-Normandie, France
Specialization/Expertise: Molecular Biology, Plant Physiology, Plant Breeding


Since Aug 2010, I work at AfricaRice as a molecular biologist with a focus on mineral deficiencies (phosphorus) and toxicities (iron)
Aug 2008 Post-Doc fellow (AfricaRice) working on the development of iron toxicity-tolerant varieties using conventional and molecular tools
Mar 2007 L’OREAL-UNESCO visiting fellow at AfricaRice, working on drought tolerance in O. glaberrima species
2001 Intern (8 months), UMR 5546 UPS-CNRS, Pole of Plant Biotechnology, Toulouse (France)
2001-2005 Part-time lecturer, Microbiology/Plant biology,  BSc level, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse  and Plant physiology/Molecular Biology, MSc level, University Paris XII

Major Achievements:

Since 2005  Publications in peer-reviewed journals

2007  L’OREAL-UNESCO award For Women In Science

2012  At least two iron-toxicity tolerant lines identified through PVS on the  way to release


Selected papers

Dramé K.N., Passaquet C., Repellin A., Zuily-Fodil Y. (2013) Cloning, characterization and differential expression of a Bowman-Birk inhibitor during progressive water deficit and subsequent recovery in peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.). Journal of Plant Physiology 170: 225–229

Dufey I., Hiel M.-P., Hakizimana P., Draye X., Lutts S., Koné B., Dramé K.N., Konaté A., Sie M. and Bertin P. (2012) Multienvironment Quantitative Trait Loci mapping and consistency across environments of resistance mechanisms to ferrous iron toxicity in rice. Crop Science 52(2): 539–550

Dramé K.N., Sanchez I., Gregorio G. and Ndjiondjop M.N. (2011) Suitability of a selected set of simple sequence repeats (SSR) markers for multiplexing and rapid molecular characterization of African rice (Oryza glaberrima Steud.) African Journal of Biotechnology 10 (35): 6675–6685

Ndjiondjop M.N., Manneh B., Cissoko M., Dramé K.N., Glele R.K., Bocco R., Baimey H. and Wopereis M. (2010) Drought resistance in an interspecific backcross population of rice (Oryza spp.) derived from the cross WAB56-104 (O. sativa)×CG14 (O. glaberrima). Plant Science 179: 364–373

Dramé K.N., Clavel D., Repellin A., Passaquet C., Zuily-Fodil Y. (2007) Water deficit induces variation in expression of stress-responsive genes in two peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) cultivars with different tolerance to drought. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 45: 236243.

Gaulin E., Dramé K.N., Lafitte C., Torto-Alibo T., Martinez Y., Ameline-Torregrosa C., Khatib M., Mazarguil H., Villalba-Mateos F., Mazars C., Kamoun S., Dumas B., Esquerre-Tugaye M.-T., Bottin A., Rickauer M. (2006) Cellulose binding domains of a Phytophthora cell wall protein are new pathogen-associated molecular pattern. Plant Cell 18: 17661777.

Clavel D., Dramé K.N., Roy-Macauley H., Braconnier S., Laffray D. (2005) Analysis of early responses to drought associated with field drought adaptation in four sahelian groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) cultivars. Environmental and Experimental Botany 54: 219230.