Ali Mteyrek

Genes Circuits Rhythms and Neuropathology

Main field of research: 

Neuropharmacology / cell signaling


Parkinson’s disease
Locomotor aging
Drosophila models

ENP label: 


Research Center / Institute: 

ESPCI Paris Tech -Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles

Research Unit Code: 

UMR 8249

Our research program aims at understanding how the brain controls locomotor activity, and how aging or neurodegenerative pathologies, such as Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, alter this function and in general brain functioning. We try to identify neuronal networks controlling locomotor activity and circadian mechanisms that modulate them in health and disease. Our approach combines genetics methods, brain imaging and behavioral assays.




Team members: 

André Klarsfeld
Baya Chérif-Zahar
Ali Mteyrek
Abdul-Raouf Issa
Alexandra Vaccaro
Mathilde Lecompte
Jun Sun

Principal Institution: 


Affiliated institutions: 



Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Doctoral School: 

ED 158 3C


Laboratoire Plasticité du cerveau

Initiatives d'Excellence: 

Labex MemoLife, Idex PSL


Cassar M.#, Issa A.-R.#, Riemensperger T.#, Petitgas C.#, Rival T.#, Coulom H.#, Iché-Torres M.#, Han K.-A. & Birman S#. (2015)A dopamine receptor contributes to paraquat-induced neurotoxicity in Drosophila. Hum. Mol. Genet. 24(1):197-212

Lavista-Llanos S., Svatoš A., Kai M., Riemensperger T.#, Birman S.#, Stensmyr M. C. & Hansson B. S. (2014) Dopamine drivesDrosophila sechellia adaptation to its toxic host. eLife Dec 9;3

Riemensperger T.#, Issa A.-R.#, Pech U., Coulom H.#, Nguy?n M.-V.#, Cassar M.#, Jacquet M.#, Fiala A. & Birman S#. (2013) Asingle dopamine pathway underlies progressive locomotor deficits in a Drosophila model of Parkinson disease. Cell Rep. 5:952–960

Pech U., Pooryasin A., Birman S#. & Fiala A. (2013) Visualization of the connections between Kenyon cells and aminergic neuronsin the Drosophila melanogaster brain using split-GFP reconstitution. J. Comp. Neurol. 521(17):3992-4026

Reinhardt A., Feuillette S., Cassar M.#, Callens C.#, Thomassin H., Birman S.#, Lecourtois M., Antoniewski C. & Tricoire H. (2012)Lack of miRNA misregulation at early pathological stages in Drosophila neurodegenerative disease models. Front. Genet. 3:226