Jérôme Déjardin

Host Institution

Group leader, INSERM Research Director (DR2)

Current position

Institute of Human Genetics, CNRS Montpellier France

Biology of repetitive sequences


Jérôme Déjardin and his research group are investigating how the ‘non coding’ fraction of the genome is controlled by specialized proteins known as heterochromatin factors. More than half of our genome is made of repetitive DNA which does not contain genes. Yet this fraction of the genome plays important roles, as any defect in its regulation can drive genome instability, premature aging, or cancer. They use mouse primary cell lines to study these questions.

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• 2004 PhD, University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France, Giacomo Cavalli's lab

• 2004-2009 Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA, Bob Kingston’s lab.

• 2009-2015 Appointed Junior Group Leader (INSERM CR1, permanent position) Research associate (CNRS CR, permanent position), IGH Montpellier, France.

• 2015-present Appointed Senior Group Leader (INSERM, DR2 permanent position), IGH Montpellier, France.


• Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), 2017

• Olga Sain award from La Ligue contre le Cancer comite de Paris, 2011

• RISE1 award from the Epigenesys Network of Excellence, 2011

• Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), 2010

• Laureate of an EMBO Long Term Fellowship 2005