since 2011: INSERM investigator (Chargé de recherche) at the IGBMC (Institute of Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology), Departement of Developmental Biology and Stem Cells, in Illkirch (France)
2005-2010: INSERM investigator (Chargé de recherche) at the Institut Pasteur, Department of Developmental Biology
2000-2003: Harvard University, Department of Molecular and Cellular biology, supervisor: Pr Liz Robertson
2015: University of Strasbourg (France): Habilitation to conduct researches (HDR)
1995-1999: University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France): PhD in Life Sciences cum laude, supervisors: Dr Minoo Rassoulzadegan and Pr François Cuzin
1991-1995: Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)
1991-1994: University of Lyon (France), Major: Molecular Genetics and Molecular Biology (Undergraduate studies (Licence, Maîtrise) and Master Degree (Magistère) in Molecular and Cellular Biology)
1994: Institut Pasteur (France), Fundamental Virology Course
1994: University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France), Master Degree in Virology
Grants and Awards:
2000-2003: Long term Human Frontier Science Program postdoctoral fellow
1999: Post doctoral fellowship from the ARC (Association contre le cancer)
I am interested in the understanding of how a single cell; the fertilized egg, becomes, after a more or less long period, a multicellular, organized, differentiated organism.
I am an expert in the field of mouse molecular genetics and I have generated several mouse mutations. I have worked on meiosis, patterning of the embryo, heart development and myogenesis. My current topic of interest is the finding of new regulators of somitogenesis and myogenesis, focusing on miRNA and basal transcription machinery.