Jean-Luc Desseyn, Ph.D. Biology in Health and Diseases

Course and current status

Group Leader

Senior Scientist Inserm (competitive secure position)
INFINITE U1286; Inserm/Univ. Lille/CHU Lille, Lille
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  • Certified for research on animals
  • Qualification for professorship (CNU 64-Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 2015, 2020)
  • Diploma of veterinary surgery
  • Accreditation to supervise PhD students (HDR–2008)
  • Scientific Advisory Board for the French Foundation Vaincre la Mucoviscidose (2018-now)
  • Acquisition of funding, via government, industry, and independent foundations (French & international)


  • Molecular Biology, L3 of genetic engineering, IUP ILIS–Univ. Lille
  • Transgenesis, Master of Biological and Medical Sciences, Master of Agronomy, Master Drug design, Univ. Lille
  • Lecturer for the authorization to animal experiment (National formation) – Transgenesis, homologous recombination, mouse genetics (2002-2019)

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
  • Mouse transgenic / Large transgenic animals

Scientific summary

I completed my Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Lille in 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 labooratory EA3925 in 2009 to create a group within the Inserm Unit U995 (now INFINTE lab, U1286) at the faculty of Medicine, University of Lille.

My current research interests are focused on the role of gel-forming mucins. I am studying mucins in several diseases using mainly genetically-modified mouse models.

Keywords: mucus, mucins

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