Mrs Lygie Esquirol

PhD Candidate
CSIRO, Black Mountain, building 179



Bachelor of plant sciences (2008), Master of biotechnology (2009), Master of applied statistics (2012)


Lygie completed a Master’s degree in biotechnology in Denmark and a Master’s degree in applied statistics in France. She moved to Australia in 2012, where she worked for two years as a pharmaceutical patent searcher in Sydney, before starting her PhD in enzyme engineering with CSIRO/ANU in the Biocatalysis Team and the Chris Easton lab.  Lygie is investigating the enzymes of the bacterial atrazine degradation pathway.


Structural and biochemical characterization of the biuret hydrolase (BiuH) from the cyanuric acid catabolism pathway of Rhizobium leguminasorum bv. viciae 3841. PLoS One 13(2): e0192736. Esquirol L, Peat TS, Wilding M, Lucent D, French NG, Hartley CJ, Newman J, Scott C. 2018.

An unexpected vestigial protein complex reveals the evolutionary origins of an s-triazine catabolic enzyme. Esquirol L, Peat TS, Wilding M, Liu JW, French NG, Hartley CJ, Onagi H, Nebl T, Easton CJ, Newman J, Scott C. 2018. J Biol Chem doi:10.1074/jbc.RA118.001996.

Structural and genomic insights into AtzH, a protein dynamo in the cyanuric acid catabolism found in Pseudomonas sp. strain ADP. Lygie Esquirol*, Thomas S. Peat*, Matthew Wilding, Carol J. Hartley, Janet Newman, Colin Scott. (Manuscript in preparation).

Bacterial catabolism of s-triazine herbicides: biochemistry, evolution and application. Lygie Esquirol, Thomas S. Peat, Elena Sugrue, Sahil Balotra, Janet Newman, Sarah Rottet, Matthew Wilding, Carol J. Hartley, Colin J. Jackson, Colin Scott. (Manuscript in preparation).

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