When I started to work on stem cells, the possibilities to me were infinite; if science could understand the mode of action, many new therapeutic options would be the result. My research focus has been on the use of stem cells, derived from adult tissues, as treatment for behavioral deficits in rodent models of Huntington’s disease (HD) and neurodegenerative diseases in general.
Neuroscience is an ideal field to test out the efficacy of stem cell medicine and open a large field of investigations. With the new discoveries related to the potential link between viral infection and neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease). understanding the mechanisms of infection from virus is becoming very important. Definitively understanding better the effect of Zika virus on brain cells is needed to help fighting the infection.
I received bachelor of science degrees in cellular biology and biochemistry from the University of Nantes, France. I received a master's degree in molecular biology and biophysics from the University of Orleans, France and a Ph. D. in neuroscience from the University of Nantes, France. My graduate work involved studies on the therapeutic effect of adult stem cell transplantations in Huntington's disease rat model. Following post-doctoral fellowships at INSERM U643 in Nantes, France and in the Neuroscience Program and the Department of Psychology at Central Michigan University where I continued my work with stem cells as a potential cure for neurodegenerative diseases. As a faculty member in the College of Medicine I am conducting my research in the Field Neurosciences Institute Laboratory for Restorative Neurology.