Yohanns Bellaïche

2006 Laureate

Current position

Senior Group leader, Research Director (DR1), Deputy director of the Genetics and Developmental Biology unit

Host institution

Curie Institute, Paris, France CNRS, France


Polarity, Divison, Morphogenesis and Mechanical forces



Yohanns Bellaïche aims at understanding how cell fate diversity is generated during development and how organs acquire their shape. Using the Drosophila fruit fly model, his interdisciplinary group develops and uses complementary approaches including multi-scale confocal microscopy, physical measurements and opto-genetics to probe both the physical and genetics regulations that regulate collective cell movements during tissue reshaping.

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• 1990 : Admis à l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France

• 1998 Ph. D., Harvard Medical School, Boston. USA. Norbert Perrimon's lab

• 1998 - 2003 Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. France. François Schweisguth's laboratory

• 2003 : Junior Group Leader, Curie Institute, Pasteur, France


• Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), 2013

• Elected EMBO member, 2011

• Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), 2008

• EMBO Youg Investigator, 2005

• Bronze Medal of the CNRS (Best Young Researchers), 2002