Research Director
ED 515 Complexité du Vivant


The central nervous system (CNS) of vertebrates is a complex arrangement of neurons and glial cells that underlie brain physiology and animal behavior. These cells are set-up in defined numbers at...


Education and Titles :
- 1985-91 : Bachelors and Masters education at Ecole Normale Supérieure and University Paris VI, Paris, France
- 1991-94 : Doctoral student, Salpêtrière Hosp. and University Paris VI
- 1994-96 : EMBO Postdoctoral fellow, Dept of Cell and Developmental Biology, Princeton University, NJ, USA
- 1996 : CNRS Research fellow
- 1997-2000 : Post-doctoral fellow, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Mammalian Genetics, Munich, Germany
- 2000-2006 : Junior group leader, Technical University of Munich and Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Developmental Genetics
- 2006-2009 : Department leader, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Department of Zebrafish Neurogenetics
- 2009-2016 : CNRS Research Director, Institute of Neurobiology A. Fessard, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

- since Sept 2016: CNRS Research Director, Institut Pasteur, Dept of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Paris, France


Current position :
CNRS Research Director, research group leader

Research interests :
Molecular control of neurogenesis, molecular and cellular mechanisms of neural stem cell maintenance and recruitment, genetics of emotional, motivational and cognitive behavior in zebrafish, zebrafish models of aggression, addiction and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders.

Awards and Prizes :
2006 : Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for research excellence
2008 : Prize of the Schlumberger Foundation for Education and Research
2010-2013 : Prize of Scientific Excellence of the CNRS

2016: Elected EMBO Member

2016: Prix Jansen of the National Academy of Medicine