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Current Members

Permanent scientist(s):

Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla: Mexican
Group leader.
Maria-Elena did her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Sciences of the UNAM, Mexico and obtained her Ph.D at the Institut Pasteur in Paris in 2002. She was a postdoctoral fellow at The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK between 2002 and 2006. She then worked as scientist with Laszlo Tora until 2008.

Máté Borsos: Hungarian
Ph.D student.
Máté studied Biology at the ELTE University in Budapest and holds also a degree on English and American Studies. During his Masters at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, he focused on the how phosphorylation could regulate protein nuclear localization. Máté has worked also at IMBA, in the group of Kikue Tachibana-Konwalski, where he studied aspects of meiosis and chromosome segregation in mouse oocytes. He joined the lab in January 2015 and holds a Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds fellowship.
Research interest : Nuclear organisation in the regulation of cell fate and potency.

Adam Burton:British
Post doctoral fellow.
Adam did his undergraduate studies at the University of Sheffield in Biochemistry. He obtained his Ph.D in 2010 at the MRC LMCB, University College London on the signalling role of IP6 kinases. He joined the lab in May 2010.
Research interest: Epigenetic basis of cell fate in the early embryo.

André Eid: Lebanese
Ph.D student.
André did his undergraduate studies in the University of Aix-Marseille and the University of Strasbourg. He obtained his Master 1 degree in the group of Oliver Pourquié at the IGBMC on the analysis of gene expression during somite formation. Andre joined the lab in September 2011 for his Master 2 and started his Ph.D in october 2012. Andre holds a scholarship from the Ministry for Research, Education and Technology.
Research interest: Epigenetic basis of cell fate and potency.

Xavier Gaume: French
Post doctoral fellow.
Xavier obtained a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the ENS Lyon, where he analysed the functional domains of the HIRA histone chaperone. After an internship in the lab of Marco Bianchi, in Milan during his Master’s studies, Xavier obtained his Ph.D in the lab of Philippe Bouvet at ENS Lyon, where he focused on the nucleolin and its interplay with microtubule dynamics and the centrosome. Xavier joined the lab in February 2015.
Research interest: Molecular regulators of totipotency.

Joanna Jachowicz: Polish
Ph.D student.
Joanna did her undergraduate studies in the Department of Embryology, Warsaw University. She holds a major degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology. Joanna did her experimental Master’s work with Ewa Borsuk in the Faculty of Biology of Warsaw University, where she studied the presence and function of Cdc6 in meiotic maturation in mouse oocytes. She joined the lab in october 2012.
Research interest: Mechanisms and dynamics of heterochromatin during mouse preimplantation development.

Tsunetoshi Nakatani: Japanese
Post-doctoral fellow.
Tsunetoshi obtained his Master’s degree at the Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, on the roleof P2X7 receptor in neuronal death. He performed his Ph.d under the supervision of Dr. Toru Nakano in Osaka University, where he studied DNA replication and its interrelationship with ectopic accumulation of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine upon Stella deletion in mouse zygotes. He joined the lab in September 2015.
Research interest: Chromatin integrity and regulation of totipotency.

Julien Pontabry: French
Post doctoral fellow.
Julien did his Master in Computer Science and Imaging at the University of Strasbourg and his Ph.D in Image, Sciences and Information Technologies at the ICube laboratory, where he focused in the 3D analysis of foetal brain by constructing a probabilistic atlas based on IRM and generating 3D models. Juien joined the lab in September 2013.
Research interest: Julien is working to develop and implement methods of image analysis to understand the epigenetic mechanisms regulating early mammalian development.

Diego Rodriguez-Terrones: Mexican
Diego is an undergraduate student from the Programme in Genomic Sciences from the Centre for Genomic Sciences of the National University of Mexico. Diego joined the lab in September 2014.
Research interest: Modelling of cellular fate states.

Céline Ziegler-Birling: French
Research Assistant.
Celine assists the lab with transgenesis, genotyping, embryo manipulation, molecular biology amongst others and participates in various research projects in the lab.

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