DRINNENBERG Ines Anna - Lauréate 2022 - Portrait

Ines Anna Drinnenberg

Current position

Group leader, CNRS Research Director (DR2)

Host Institution

Institut Curie, Paris, France


Evolution of centromeres: Conserved function yet diverse architectures


Ines Drinnenberg and her research group are investigating the evolutionary diversity of centromeres, regions on eukaryotic chromosomes, which are essential for cell division. Despite their important role, centromeres are highly diverse across species. Using evolution-guided approaches the group studies the architecture and regulation of unconventional centromeric to understand the causes and consequences of centromere divergence.

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• 1st permanent position: Appointed Group leader at the Institut Curie, Paris, France ((CNRS CRCN, permanent position), since 2021 CNRS DR2)

• Postdoc: 2012-2015, Postdoctoral fellow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, US, Steve Henikoff’s and Harmit Malik’s lab

• PhD: 2011, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA, US, David Bartel’s lab


• CNRS Bronze Medal, 2021

• EMBO Young Investigator, 2020

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

• ATIP-Avenir Grant, 2016