1980 - 1985 Material Engineer, University Paris 13 (UP13)
1984 - 1985 Graduate Degree in Bio-engineering; Specialty : Biomaterials
1988 Ph.D. in Chemistry, University Paris 13
1994 Specialization Degree "Experimentation on Animals", University Paris 6
1997 Habilitation (Ph.D. Direction), UP13
From 2002 Research Director CNRS - DR1 in 2011
From 2005 Head of Bio-Engineering team 3 INSERM U698 & Head of Research
Technological team (ERTi U698)
From 2009 President of Biomat (French association for Biomaterials)
Cardiovascular Bio-engineering Laboratory – INSERM U 698
Headed by Didier Letourneur (research director at CNRS), this team belongs to INSERM Unit 698 (Dir. J.B. Michel). It was set up in 2002, and included now 22 permanent researchers/teachers and 4 technical staff members (from Inserm and University Paris 13) and several students (doctoral, post-doctoral and masters). As a multidisciplinary lab, it stands at the interface between chemistry, materials engineering, biology, biomedical imaging and cardiovascular research. The laboratory has also strong industrial partners and numerous patents (16 patents in the last 6 years).
One major objective of the laboratory is to develop biomaterials, based on natural and synthetic polymers, which can be used as prostheses or to reconstruct blood vessels. One direct application of this research is the development of 3D matrices for cardiovascular tissue engineering. A second program relates to local arterial gene/drug therapy, and involves developing biopolymers for functionalized stents (endovascular prostheses). A third program focus on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of atherosclerotic plaque, for which the team is developing specific new contrast agents to trigger a vascular accident, or to follow the cell therapy.