Christina Schmitz PhD Neuroscience

Course and current status

2005-current: Research fellow (tenure position) at the CNRS (CR1)

  • 2011-present: Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (U1028-UMR5295-UCBL1), DYCOG team, Lyon.
  • 2008-2010: Lab. Neurosciences Intégratives et Adpatatives (UMR 6149), Marseille.
  • 2005-2007: Lab. Plasticité et Physio-Pathologie de la Motricité (UMR 6196), Marseille.

2001-2004: Post-doctoral fellow at the Karolinska Institutet, Neuropediatric Unit, under the supervision of Pr. H. Forssberg - Stockholm, Sweden. Marie Curie European individual fellowship. 

2001: PhD. in Neuroscience. “Development of postural anticipation in healthy children and in children with autism. Kinematics and EMG analysis during a bimanual load-lifting task”. Supervisor: Dr. C. Assaiante - University of Aix-Marseille II. 3-year scholarship from the French Research and Education Ministry.

1997: Graduate diploma (DEA) in Neuroscience (Cum Laude). University of Aix-Marseille II

1996: Master’s degree in Neuroscience (with distinction). University of Aix-  Marseille II

1995: Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. University of Aix-Marseille II

1994: University degree in Life Sciences. University of Aix-Marseille II

1992: Baccalaureate, scientific section (with distinction). Lycée Thiers, Marseille

Scientific summary

I aim at using the knowledge about the dynamic of a developing brain to understand its alteration in pathological aging. My second main goal is to uncover reliable markers of early social dysfunctions across the life span that might help to develop rehabilitation.I am more specifically interested in brain maturation in relation to motor and social development. I use motion analysis techniques (kinematics and EMG) as well as neuroimaging (fMRI) and electrophysiology (EEG and MEG) to try to sound brain development in relation to the build-up of sensori-motor, action and social representations. My favorite experimental paradigms are the bimanual unloading task to explore the build-up, the learning and the integrity of sensori-motor representations used to anticipate, and human motion perception tasks based on point-light displays to explore how actions and social interactions are understood throughout typical and atypical ontegenesis. I am especially interested in Autism Spectrum Disorders, as they constitute a fascinating challenge of an alternative path to typical development. 

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