Thomas Préat

2005 Laureate

Current position

Group leader, Unit director (Plasticité du Cerveau, UMR 8249), Research Director (DR1)

Host institution

ESPCI Paris Tech, France CNRS, France

Olfactory learning and memory in Drosophila


Thomas Préat’s “Genes and Dynamics Memory of Systems” team studies the mechanisms of olfactory aversive and appetitive learning and memory. They develop in fruit flies (drosophila) an integrated approach ranging from molecular studies to behavioral analyses, through the functional study of networks. The activity of biochemical pathways of interest is studied in vivo with genetically-encoded fluorescent probes. They use drosophila as a model system to study aspects of the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease.

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• 1989 Ph. D., Center for Molecular Genetics, CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, Claudie Lamour-Isnard’s lab

• 1989-1992 Postdoctoral fellow, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA, Tim Tully’s lab

• 1992-1993 Postdoctoral fellow, Würzburg University, Germany, Martin Heisenberg’s lab

• 1994 Appointed Research Scientist (CNRS CR1) and Group Leader at the Alfred Fessard Institute, CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France


• Elected EMBO member, 2012

• Team Foundation for the Medical Research (FRM), 2006 and 2012

• Foundation Schueller-Bettencourt Award, 2005

• Starting grant ATIPE, 1994