Laurent Journot

Current position

Group leader, CNRS Research Director (DR2), Director of BioCampus Montpellier, Head of the MGX-Montpellier GenomiX core NGS facility

Host Institution

Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle, Montpellier, France

Functional Genomics of Imprinted Genes



Parental genomic imprinting is an epigenetic mechanism of gene regulation. It is understood as a mechanism aimed at controlling the amount of maternal resources allocated to the offspring from conception to weaning. Laurent Journot is performing a holistic analysis of imprinted gene function to understand the role of these genes in embryonic development, cell differentiation, and tumorigenesis.

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• 1981-1984, Undergraduate studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Cachan, France

• 1991, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of Montpellier, France, Joël Bockaert’s Lab

• 1991-1993, Postdoctoral fellow at the Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie der Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, Peter H. Seeburg’s Lab.

• 1993, Appointed CNRS Staff Scientist, Centre de Pharmacologie-Endocrinologie, Montpellier, France

• 1998, Appointed CNRS Research Director, Group Leader, Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle, Montpellier, France


• Award of the Ligue Nationale contre le Cancer, 1997

• CNRS Bronze Medal, 1995

• EMBO Fellow, 1991