Giovanni STEVANIN Senior Researcher (DR2) at INSERM and Professor at EPHE/PSL research University in the ICM Institute; PhD and HDR in Neurosciences (Sorbonne University, Paris)

Course and current status

1991: Bachelor of sciences (immunology and molecular biology), ESTBA, Paris. Training at INSERM U289 (Prof Y. Agid), Paris.  

1993: Master of sciences (molecular genetics), Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris. Training at INSERM U289 (Prof Y. Agid), Paris.

1994: Master of sciences / DEA (neurosciences), PARIS-VI University (rank: 2/54). Training at INSERM U289 (Prof Y. Agid), Paris.

1998: PhD (Neurosciences), PARIS-VI University (highest grade). Training at INSERM U289 (Prof Y. Agid), Paris.

1999-2000: Post-doctoral fellow (Institut Génétique Biologie Moléculaire Cellulaire, Prof JL Mandel and Hopital Civil de Strasbourg, Prof J Sahel).

2001-2006: Research associate (Chargé de recherche de classe 1) at INSERM U679 (Dr E. Hirsch).

2004: Habilitation to conduct research (HDR, PARIS-VI University).

Since 2004: Consultant (Interface) at the Fédérarion de Génétique of the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital.

Since 2006:  Research Professor (Directeur de recherche de classe 2) at INSERM U679 (Dr E. Hirsch) and Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epiniere (INSERM / Uni. Paris 6 U1127, CNRS 7225), Paris.

Since 2010: Professor at the EPHE / Paris Sciences Lettres university, Paris.

Since 2010: Head teacher of a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical research at the Institute of Technology Ecole Supérieure de Techniques de Biologie Appliquée (ESTBA)

Since 2012: Member of the Scientific Council of the SVT section of the EPHE / PSL research university

Since 2014: Member of the Team Council of the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière

Since 2014: Member of the Scientific Council of the Doctoral School 472

Since 2015: Member of the Administration Council of the Institute of Technology Ecole Supérieure de Techniques de Biologie Appliquée (ESTBA)

Since 2019: Team Leader at the ICM institute (https://epheneurogeneticsteam.wordpress.com/)

Other activities:

2009-2014: Member of the ICM Laboratory Council

2014-2016: Scentific leader of the genetic facility of the ICM institute

2012-2014: Collaborator of the Dean of the SVT section of the EPHE / PSL research university

Scientific summary

Giovanni Stevanin is a neuroscientist and molecular biologist specialized on hereditary movement disorders. After a PhD at the Pité-Salpêtrière Hospital and a postdoctoral training at IGBMC (Strasbourg), he was recruited as associate professor in 2000 and is now research director at INSERM and Professor of Neurogenetics at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes / PSL university. He manages a team at ICM (Paris, France) that focuses its studies on spinocerebellar degenerations, which include cerebellar ataxias and spastic paraplegias. His current projects cover both the genetic and physiopathological aspects of these diseases with the objectives to 1) identify new genes responsible for spinocerebellar degenerations using next generation sequencing (16 causative genes identified during the last 15 years) and 2) understand the mechanisms implicated in neurodegeneration and 3) develop and design rational therapies to treat these diseases. These last aspects are investigated in several prototypes of these diseases; DRPLA, SPG11 and SPG56. He co-coordinates an international network on these diseases with Alexandra Durr: SPATAX (https://spatax.wordpress.com/).

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