Alessandra PIERANI
Research Director
Available to host a PhD student
Role of synaptic proteins during embryogenesis


The neocortex represents the brain structure that has been subjected to a major expansion in its relative size and complexity during mammalian evolution. Cognitive functions depend on the accurate...



2006-present DR2, Institut Jacques Monod, Paris
2002-2006 CR1, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
2002 HDR, Univ. Paris XI
1996-2001 Visiting Scientist, Columbia University, New York
1993-1996 CR1 CNRS, Institut Curie, Paris
1990-1994 Ph.D., Biology, Univ. Paris XI
1990-1993 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut Curie, Paris
1987-1990 Postdoctoral Fellow, The Rockefeller University, New York
1981-86 Ph.D., Biology, Univ. of Florence, Italy


2006 Laureat Ville de Paris
1999 ATIPE-CNRS grant
1994 Graduated cum laude with Ph.D in Biology
1991-1993 EEC Research Fellowship
1990-1991 NATO-CNR Research Fellowship
1988-89 AIRC USA Fellowship
1987-88 WHO Fellowship
1986-87 AIRC Italian Fellowship
1986 Graduated cum laude with Ph.D in Biology

Research Experience

2006-present Principal Investigator, IJM. Molecular control of cerebral cortex development and evolution.
2002-2006 Principal Investigator, ENS, Dr. Wassef's laboratory. Molecular control of cell fate allocation and function in the embryonic and adult telencephalon.
1996-2001 Visiting Scientist, Columbia University, Dr. Jessell’s laboratory. Molecular control of interneurons generation and function during spinal cord development.
1995 Cold Spring Harbor Course on "Developmental Neurobiology" (New York).
1990-1996 Research Fellow, since 1993 CR1 CNRS, Institut Curie, Dr. Calothy's laboratory. Tissue specific and developmental regulation of transcription of the QR1 gene in the developing neural retina.
1987-1990 Postdoctoral Fellow, The Rockefeller University, Dr. Roeder, Advisor. Molecular and functional characterization of the ubiquitous octamer transcription factor OTF-1 and associated proteins.
1986-87 Postdoctoral Fellow, CNR, Dr. Righi, Advisor. Expression and rearrengements of oncogenes in Radiation Leukemia Virus induced murine T cell lymphomas.
1986 EMBO Practical Course "Genetic Engineering- Basic Techniques", (Galway).
1984-86 Graduate Thesis Research, CNR, Center of Cytopharmacology, Univ. of Milan, Dr. Ricciardi Castagnoli and Dr. Righi advisors.
1983 Graduate research in the Laboratory of Radiobiology, Univ. of Florence, Prof. Becciolini advisor.
Scientific Supervising activities

Post-doctoral fellows
2007-present M. Barber, Y. Arai, F. Causeret (INSERM CR2)