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 knowledge about the dynamics of a developing brain to understand its alteration in neurodevelopmental disorders, and vice-versa. My second goal is to uncover reliable markers of dysfunctions across the life span that might help developing rehabilitation. I am more specifically interested in brain maturation in relation to motor and social development. 
In our group, we use behavioural testing, eye-tracking measurements as well as neuroimaging (fMRI) and electrophysiology (EEG and MEG) to try to understand brain development in relation to the build-up of perceptive, sensori-motor, action and social representations. 
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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