1995-1999: Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Lille, France
1994: M.S. in Animal Physiology, University of Paris XI, Orsay, France
1993: B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Paris XI, Orsay, France
2006-Present: Head of the Inserm Research Team “Development and Plasticity of the Postnatal Brain”, Inserm U837, Jean-Pierre Aubert Research Centre.
2009-Present: Research Director at Inserm
2002-2009: Tenured Assistant Professor (“Chargé de Recherche”), French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm)
1999-2002: Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health and Science University, Beaverton, Oregon. Dr. Sergio R Ojeda Laboratory.
1995-1999: French Department of Research Predoctoral Trainee. Inserm, Lille, France. Dr. Jean-Claude Beauvillain Laboratory (Inserm U422).
Boards of Directors
2008-2009: Treasurer of the French Society for Neuroscience
2009-2011: Treasurer of The French Society for Neuroendocrinology
2008-Present: Contributing Editor in the European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN)
2010: Invited editor of the EJN special issue on « Plasticity of Neuroendocrine systems » Volume 32, number 12.
2011-Present: Editorial board of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology
Science, Endocrinology, European Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, Neuroendocrinology, Journal of Physiology, Journal of Neurochemistry, Journal of comparative neurology, Biol Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Peptide, Brain research
• French Society of Neuroscience, 1998-present
• French Society for Neuroendocrinology, 1998-present
• Federation of European Neuroscience Society (FENS), 1998-present
• International Neuroendocrine Federation (INF), 2004-present
• Society for Neuroscience (SFN), 2000-present
• The Endocrine Society, 2000-present
The research undertaken in my laboratory uses a combination of genetic, primary cell culture and co-culture, biochemical, electrophysiological, neuroanatomical, immunofluorescent, electron microscopy, advanced imaging techniques and physiological approaches to study neuronal-glial-endothelial communication processes regulating GnRH neurosecretion, endothelial and neuronal nitric oxide signaling, glial erbB signalling, onset of puberty, ovarian cycle-induced brain plasticity and reproduction. In parallel, we are interested in studying how peripheral hormones (estrogen, leptin, insulin…) impact hypothalamic development and function as well as in determining the importance of non-neuronal cells (tanycytes, astrocytes and endothelial cells) in this dialogue, which is set between the periphery and the central nervous system. Our researches also evaluate how pathologies (such as obesity, diabetes) may affect these neurobiological events and, conversely, how impairment of brain communication with the periphery renders the organism prone to develop pathologies (obesity, diabetes, precocious and/or delayed puberty, and infertility).