The Experts

Christophe GOZE-BAC, Ph.D

Research Director CNRS, Head of the MRI user facility BioNanoNMRI University of Montpellier, Leader of the “NMR Spectroscopy and Imaging” group at the Charles Coulomb Laboratory UMR5221, UM / CNRS Institut of Physics

Farida DJOUAD, Ph.D

Senior Researcher (CR1) at Inserm U1183, Montpellier, FRANCE

Dr Farida Djouad, is a recognized molecular and cellular biologist who has a strong expertise in stem cell biology and immunology. During the past 15 years, F. Djouad has provided a significant contribution to the understanding of the in vitro and in vivo mechanisms involved in mesenchymal stem cell immunosuppressive properties 1-10. In 2011, she obtained funding (‘Chercheur d’Avenir’) from the Languedoc-Roussillon governing body, which permitted her to establish her group at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine & Biotherapy (IRMB), Inserm U1183. Furthermore, her group was the first to identify macrophage subsets in zebrafish and describe their behaviour and fate during the process of inflammation. This uncovered the diversity and plasticity of zebrafish macrophage subsets and underlined the similarities with mammalian macrophages, establishing a new system to study macrophage functional dynamics 11. In parallel, the group of F. Djouad has developed a strong expertise in 4-Dimentional high resolution imaging, inflammation, embryology and zebrafish genetics.

Most relevant publications : Djouad, F. et al. Blood 102, 3837-3844, doi:10.1182/blood-2003-04-1193 (2003), Djouad, F. et al. Arthritis research & therapy 7, R1304-1315 (2005), Djouad, F. et al. Arthritis and rheumatism 52, 1595-1603 (2005), Djouad, F. et al. Stem Cells 25, 2025-2032, doi:10.1634/stemcells.2006-0548 (2007), Luz-Crawford, P. et al. PloS one 7, e45272, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045272 (2012), Luz-Crawford, P. et al. Stem Cell Res Ther 4, 65, doi:10.1186/scrt216 (2013), Luz-Crawford, P. et al. Arthritis & rheumatology 67, 1514-1524, doi:10.1002/art.39069 (2015), Luz-Crawford, P. et al. Stem cells, doi:10.1002/stem.2244 (2015), Luz-Crawford, P. et al. Stem cells 34, 483-492, doi:10.1002/stem.2254 (2016), Luz-Crawford, P. et al. Annals of the rheumatic diseases, doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-208696 (2016), Nguyen-Chi, M. et al. eLife 4, e07288, doi:10.7554/eLife.07288 (2015).


Dr Dora Sapède has a PhD in Neurosciences and 15-year experience in developmental neurobiology working with the zebrafish model. During her PhD and postdoctoral research, she developed a strong expertise in the study of molecular and cellular mechanisms of development and regeneration in two related mechanosensory systems: the lateral line and inner ear. From 2016, she joined the team of Farida Djouad at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine & Biotherapy (IRMB)/Inserm U1183 and contributes to the emerging Zebrafish R&D program of Cilcare based on the study of hair cell regeneration in this species.

Most relevant publications : Sapède D, Dyballa S, Pujades C (2012). J Neurosci 32(46):16424-16434, Sapède D and Pujades C (2010). J Neurosci 30(10):3612-23., Sarrazin A et al. (2010). J Neurosci 30(24):8234-44, Cubedo N et al. (2009) Mol Cell Neurosci. 40(4)474-84, Sapède D, Rossel M, Dambly-Chaudière C, Ghysen A (2005). PNAS 102(5)1714-18, David NB et al. (2002) PNAS 99(25)16297-302, Sapède D et al. (2002) Development 129(3):605-15.


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