Jean-Luc Desseyn PhD Biology / Health

Course and current status

Group Leader

Senior Research Fellow Inserm (secured competitive position)
INFINITE U1286; Inserm/Univ. Lille/CHU Lille, Lille - France
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  • Certified for research on animals
  • Qualification for professorship (CNU 64-Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 2015, 2020)
  • Diploma of veterinary surgery
  • Founding member of the regional ethics committee for animal experimentation
  • Accreditation to supervise PhD students (HDR–2008)
  • Scientific Advisory Board for the French Foundation Vaincre la Mucoviscidose (2018-now)
  • Appointed substitute for the section 64 of the Conseil National des Universités (2023-2027)
  • Acquisition of funding, via government, industry, and independent foundations (French & international)

Teaching (Univ. Lille)

  • Molecular Biology, L3 of genetic engineering, IUP ILIS
  • Transgenesis, Master of Biological and Medical Sciences, Master Drug design
  • Lecturer for animal experimentation accreditation (National training), Mouse genetics

Post Doctoral Fellowship

Dept. of Pharmacology, Univ. of WashingtonSeattle
Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale postdoc Fellowship Award
Human Frontier Science Program long-term Fellowship Award

Ph.D. Biology-Health

Inserm U377, University of Lille, France
French Minister or Research 3-yr Fellowship Award
Honors: highly recommended, Dinna-Surdin Award 1999

Areas of interest

  • Mucosal diseases
  • Mucus / Mucins
  • Transgenic mice / Transgenic large mammals

Scientific summary

I completed my PhD at the University of Lille (France) working on the human mucin gene MUC5B. I moved on to do postdoctoral work on the catalytic subunit of Protein Kinase A at the Univ. of Washington (Seattle, USA). In 2000, I was appointed to Research Scientist at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research and joined the laboratory EA3925 in 2009 to create a group within the Inserm Unit U995 (now INFINTE lab/U1286) at the University of Lille Medical School.

My current research interests focus on the role of gel-forming mucins. I study mucins and mucus gels in several diseases using mainly genetically modified mouse models.

Keywords: mucus, mucins

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