Lab members

Senior research staff

Julien Courchet - D.V.M., Ph.D.

I graduated from the National Veterinary School of Lyon in 2003 and subsequently joined the group of Marc Billaud at the University of Lyon where I earned a Ph.D. in cell biology and signalling in 2008. My graduate work focused on a family of RNA binding proteins termed hMex-3 and involved in the sorting of mRNA to distinct RNA granules.

I subsequently joined the lab of Franck Polleux at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008-2010), the Scripps Institute (2010-2013) and Columbia University in New York (2013-2015). My work focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying cortical axons formation, outgrowth and branching in the mouse cortex.

Since 2015 I hold a Researcher position at INSERM and joined the NeuroMyoGene Institute at the University of Lyon. My group "Energy metabolism and neuronal development" studies the local regulation of metabolic pathways in developing axons.

Evelyne Goillot, Ph.D.

Evelyne is a CNRS research director with expertise in cell signaling and kinase pathways.

Evelyne trained with Pr Jean-Louis Touraine and obtained a PhD in immunology from the University of Lyon in 1991. She then performed research on MAP kinases signaling pathways and the regulation of apoptosis at Harvard Medical School with Pr Ed Harlow. In 1996 she joined the ENS Lyon and developed her research program with Pr Gilbert Brun and Pr Laurent Schaeffer.

She joined our group in January 2019 to decipher the molecular signalling of the kinase NUAK1 in the context of axonal morphogenesis.


Postdoctoral researchers

Orianne Olivares - Ph.D.

Orianne earned a Master's degree from the University of Aix-Marseille and did her Ph.D. in the lab of Juan Iovanna working on the metabolism of pancreatic tumor cells. Following a first postdoc in the Gottlieb lab in Glasgow, she joined the lab in 2018 to work on our ERC project.

Orianne's work focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying metabolic remodeling in the developing mouse cortex.


PhD students

Audrey Garcia

Audrey joined the lab in 2017. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Lyon.

Her work focuses on the regulation of intracellular signalling pathways by extracellular cues in the context of axon morphogenesis.

Marine Lanfranchi

Marine joined the lab in 2017 after earning a Master's degree in aging from the University of Paris Saclay.

Her Ph.D. project aims at characterizing some of the molecular mechanisms involved in the local regulation of the energy metabolism in developing axon.

Research Engineers

Géraldine Dilhet

Géraldine earned a Master's degree from the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. Her expertise is in mouse behavioural analyses in neuroscience.

Géraldine joined the lab in May 2018 pursue the characterization of the functional consequences of neural circuits alterations on mouse behaviour.

Master students

Louise Fairey

Louise joined the lab in 2019 for a Master 2 in physiology at the University of Lyon.

She has a dual appointment with Rémi Mounier to work on the metabolic regulation of muscle stem cells in the context of skeletal muscle regeneration.

Maria Wehbe

Maria joined the lab in 2019 for a Master 2 in Immunology from the University of Beirut.

Her research project will aim at characterizing the function of some mutants of NUAK1 generated in the lab through a proteomic-based approach.

Luc Javin

Luc is a Master 1 student from the University of Lyon and joined the lab for a rotation early 2019.

His project focus on the characterization of mitochondria activity in developing neurons.

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