Thomas Lecuit

Current position

Professor at Collège de France, chair: Dynamics of living systems / Director, Turing Center of Living Systems, Marseille. Institut Convergences.

Host institution

Institute for Developmental Biology of Marseille (IBDM), France

Drosophila embryo epithelium ©  2014

Tissue architecture and plasticity

Thomas Lecuit and his team study how epithelial tissues maintain a robust organization and extensively remodel as they grow and change their shape during development.

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• 1991 Admitted to the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

• 1998 Ph. D. University Paris 6 UPMC, France and EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany, Steve Cohen's lab

• 1998-2001 Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, Eric Wieschaus' lab

• 2001 appointed team leader at the Institute for Developmental Biology of Marseille, Marseille, France

• 2008 appointed editor of the international jounal Development

• 2013 head of the INFORM Labex


• Life Science Prize of Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, 2015

• Silver Medal of CNRS, 2015

• Elected member of the Academia Europaea and of the French Academia of Science, 2014

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

• Victor Noury Award, French Academy of Sciences, 2011

• Antoine Lacassagne Award, Collège de France, 2009

• Elected EMBO member, 2009

• Early Career Award, European Life Science Organization, 2007