Filippo Del Bene

Current position

Group leader, Inserm Research Director (DR2)

Host Institution

Institut de la Vision, Paris ; Sorbonne Université, INSERM, CNRS, France

Development and function of the vertebrate visual system


Filippo Del Bene and his research group are interested in the  formation and function of neurl circuits in the visual system using the zebrafish model system. They focus their analysis on the retinal ganglion cells, the cells connecting the retina to the brain, and on the main retinorecipient area of the zebrafish brain, the optic tectum. Using a combination of advanced molecular genetics and in vivo imaging approaches the goas of their research is to understand how visual inputs are processed and to reveal the development of the neurons that perform this function.

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• 2010 : Appointed Group leader at the Institut Curie, Paris, France

• 2005-2010 : Postdoctoral fellow, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, USA, Herwig Baier’s lab

• 2004, PhD, EMBL/Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany, Jochen Wittbrodt’s lab


• Elected EMBO Member 2020

• Selected FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence 2015

• Selected EMBO Young Investigator, 2014

• ERC Starting grant, 2012