Erwan WATRIN PhD Biology

Course and current status

2008 till present: Project leader at the Research Institute of Genetics and Development of Rennes (IGDR) , France

October 2008 : Appointed researcher at the French CNRS

2004-2008: Postodctoral position in Jan-Michael Peters'lab at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria.

2003: PhD in Biology at the University of Rennes I

Scientific summary


 A 3-year postdoctoral position supported by the EU-funded ERANET programme on rare diseases is available in the team of Dr. Erwan Watrin at the Institute of Genetics and Development of Rennes (IGDR). Our research in the lab focuses on the role and regulation of cohesin in chromosome biology and their relevance in human pathologies using biochemical and cell biology approaches. We are involved in a European collaborative project aiming to identify genetic causes of the Cornelia de Lange syndrome and to characterise their functional link to the disease (

 We are seeking for highly motivated candidates, with great interests in chromosome behaviour and open to bridge basic science to human pathology. Candidates with strong background in chromatin-related field and/or with expertise in molecular and cellular approaches applied to in vitro cultured cells are encouraged to apply.

 The IGDR ( hosts 20 research teams addressing fundamental aspects of cell and development biology. All researchers have access to on-site, state-of-the-art facilities, and English is the working language. Located 2 hours from Paris and 1 hour from the sea, Rennes is the capital of Brittany and has a lively, cultural and pleasant atmosphere.

 Applicants should send their CV and a brief description of their past research experience to Erwan Watrin (, and should organise 2-3 recommendation letters to be sent directly to Erwan Watrin.

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