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Alain Ghysen PhD

Course and current status

Born July 31, 1945 at Uccle (Belgium)

Ph D, 1971, Université Libre de Bruxelles, with Prof. R. Thomas

post-docs: Jan.1971 - Jan.1973, with Prof. J. Allende, Universidad de Chile, Santiago (Chile)  Fellowship Ford Foundation

Mar.1973 - Jul.1973, with Dr. J. Smith, M.R.C. Cambridge (U.K.)

Sep.1973 - Jun.1975, with Prof. S. Benzer, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (USA)

present position: Senior Scientist (Directeur de Recherche) at INSERM, France

Scientific summary

1. Development of sensory organs in Drosophila. Role of proneural genes (achaete, scute, asense) in this development; identification and role of the prepattern gene iroquois, and of the sensory type specification gene pox-neuro.


2. Development of the sensory lateral line system in zebrafish. Identification of the molecules underlying long-distance migration; demonstration of a progressive, multi-step development of the system; evolutionary comparison between zebrafish and tunafish; discovery of somatotopy in the reinnervation and role of GDNF as guidance factor.

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