Laure Bally-Cuif

Laure Bally-Cuif

2008 Laureate

Current position

Unit leader, Research Director (DR1)

Host institution

Pasteur Institute, Paris, France

Neural stem cells and neurogenesis in the vertebrate brain

Neural stem cells (NSCs) are at the origin of the neurons and glia generated in the adult vertebrate brain. The success of NSC maintenance and mobilization varies widely among species, brain territories, pathological conditions and individual environment, with important physiological impacts.

Laure Bally and her team are using the zebrafish model (Danio rerio) to uncover molecular and cellular processes involved in controlling NSC pools homeostasis and fate along life.

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• 1987 Admission to the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

• 1994 PhD in Biology-Biochemistry, Salpêtrière Hospital and University Paris 6, France; Marion Wassef's lab

• 1994-1996 EMBO Postdoctoral fellow, Princeton University, USA; Robert K Ho's lab

• 1997-2000 Postdoctoral fellow, Helmholtz Zentrum, Germany; Wolfgang Wurst's lab

• 2000 Appointed Junior group leader, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, Germany

• 2006 Appointed Research Department Head, Helmholtz Muenchen, Germany

• 2009 Appointed CNRS Research Director, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

• 2016 Appointed DR (Research Director) at the CNRS and Unit Leader at the Pasteur Institute, Paris


• Silver medal of the CNRS 2017

• Elected EMBO Member 2016

• Jansen Price of the French National Academy of Medicine 2016

• Advanced Investigator Grant, European Research Council (ERC), 2012

• Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale team, 2012

• Scientific Excellence Award, CNRS, 2010

• Chaire d’Excellence, Paris Neurosciences Graduate School, 2010

• Chaire d’Excellence Senior, French National Agency for Research (ANR), 2008

• Heinz Maier-Leibnitz award, German Research Foundation, 2006