Major: Molecular Biology & Genetics
Field: Regulation of gene expression
Research Director of Exceptional Class at C.N.R.S.
2016 - Present -Head of "Signalling Through Chromatin" Department, in the "CNRS/Inserm/Grenoble-Alpes
University” Institute for Advanced Biosciences (Grenoble, France),
2007-2016 -Head of "Cell Differentiation and Transformation" Department, in the "Inserm/Joseph Fourier
University” Research Centre U823, Institute A. Bonniot Research Centre (Grenoble, France),
2002-2016 -Head of Epigenetics & Cell Signalling Laboratory (Institute A. Bonniot Research Centre),
2002-2006 Director of "INSERM Research Unit” U309 encompassing four laboratories, Institut Albert
Bonniot (Grenoble, France)
1995-2006 Team leader in "INSERM Research Unit” 309, Institut A. Bonniot (Grenoble, France)
1993-1995 Team leader in "Laboratoire de Biologie Moléculaire du Cycle Cellulaire", Centre d'Etudes
Nucléaires de Grenoble (Grenoble, France).
2014 Promotion to the grade of “Exceptional Class Research Director" at CNRS
2005 Promotion to the grade of "First Class Research Director" at CNRS
1998 Promotion to the grade of "Second Class Research Director" at CNRS
1993 First Class Investigator at CNRS
1989 Permanent Investigator position at CNRS
Education & diploma
1977- 1980 General Biology (Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran)
1982- 1985 Bsc, (Maîtrise) Biochemistry (Paris 7 University, France)
1986 Msc, (DEA) Molecular & Cellular Biology (Grenoble University, France)
1990 Ph D (Grenoble University, France)
1991-1992 Post-doctoral training in Alan Wolffe's laboratory, NIH (Besthesda, USA)
1995 “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” diploma (French University Research Supervisor Diploma)
Honors & Distinctions
2010 - present Salary upgrade for Scientific Excellence (prime d’excellence scientifique)
2010 - 2013 Salary upgrade for Translational Research (contrat d’interface)
2014 CNRS Silver Medal
2015 “Equipe à l’honneur 2015” award from Fondation ARC
2015 Elected member of “Société Philomatique de Paris”: http://www.philomathique.org
2017 USERN advisory board member (Universal Scientific Education and Research Network : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USERN)
-Member of scientific council of several National Grant Agencies:
Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) (past member).
Association pour la Recherche sur le Cancer (ARC) (past member).
INCa (French National Cancer Institute) (past member).
Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer (Comité d'Ile de France) (past member).
Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer (past member).
- Expert for many international research funding agencies including:
FWF Austrian Science Foundation; National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki), Poland; Aanvraagformulier Open programma
(NOW), Netherland; The India Alliance; The Croucher Foundation, Hong Kong, China; Research Grants Council, Hong Kong, China;
Cancer Research UK; Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP); Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), UK;
Association for International Cancer Research (AICR), UK; Medical Research Counsil (MRC), UK; Rustaveli National Science Foundation,
Republic of Georgia; European Science Foundation (ESF); The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada” (NSERC);
French National Research Evaluation Agency” (AERES) (member or chair of site visiting committees); Various American, Canadian and
European universities for recruitment & staff promotion,
-Member of INSERM, Institute of “Genetic & Development” advisory board (2009-2010)
-Teaching in Grenoble and other French and European Universities
-Referee for international journals (Cell & Cell groups, Nature & Nat groups, Genes & Dev, EMBO J., etc...)
-Guest editor for PNAS; editor of special issues and books and member of editorial boards of several journals.
- Co-Coordinator of National and International Research Networks, i. e., INCa, programme structurant (19 laboratories)
with E. Gilson, INSERM-JSPS cooperation program with M. Yoshida and French-Indian cooperation: CEFIPRA.
- French partner of three grants from Science & Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality
- Invited speaker to international academic (Gordon, FASEB, etc..) or industrial workshops (Novartis, Schering, etc..)
- Consulting for GSK, Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi, Pierre Fabre, Ono Pharmaceuticals, etc..
- President of NeuroMyoGene Institute (Lyon, France) Scientific Advisory Board and member of several national and
Bibliometrics: ISI web of Science h-index: 62 (Sept 2017)