Marie Manceau

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Marie Manceau

Current position

Group Leader, CNRS CR1

Host institution

Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology, Collège de France

Formation of skin patterns in birds


Marie Manceau and her research team study the developmental mechanisms that control the formation and the evolution of the exquisitely diverse patterns that adorn the coat of animals. To identify pattern-forming dynamics, they survey and model natural variation in the plumage pattern. Specifically, they study the propagation of patterning waves, the events generating periodicity (motif repetition), and the establishment of local pattern geometries. They use a range of bird species, from poultry to emus, ostriches, finches, or penguins.

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- 2007 PhD, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France, Pr. Christophe Marcelle’s lab

- 2007-2013 : Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, United States, Pr. Hopi Hoekstra’s lab

- 2014-present Appointed CR1, CNRS, Paris, France

- 2013-present Appointed Group Leader, Collège de France, Paris, France


- Laureate of the CNRS Bronze Medal, 2019
- Laureate of the Richard Lounsbery Prize, 2019
- ATIP-Avenir Grant, 2013
- Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), 2015
- IDEX-PSL Research Grant, 2015
- Labex Memolife Collaborative Grant, 2017
- HFSP Collaborative Grant, 2019