Marie Manceau


Marie Manceau

Current position

Research Director, DR2 CNRS

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 Appointed CR1, CNRS, Paris, France

- Since 2013 Appointed Group leader at Collège de France, Paris, France

- Since January 2020 Appointed DR2 CNRS


- Laureate of the 2020 Bettencourt Prize "Coups d'Elans pour la Recherche Française"
- Laureate of the Richard Lounsbery Prize, 2020
- HFSP Collaboration Grant, 2019
- Laureate of the CNRS Bronze Medal, 2019
- Labex Memolife Collaborative Grant, 2017
- Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), 2015
- IDEX-PSL Research Grant, 2015
- ATIP-Avenir Grant, 2013