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IGFL is growing up...

The IGFL has welcomed three new research teams to the new building.

Dr Leulier has secured a young researcher chair from the Innovations in Infectiologie Foundation (FINOVI) as well as an ERC starting grant to establish his team "Functional Genomics of Host / Intestinal bacteria Interactions". The team's projects aim to elucidate effector mechanisms and regulations orchestrating beneficial / mutualistic interactions between commensal intestinal bacteria and their host using, among others, the Lactobacillus plantarum bacterial species and the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as partner models.

Dr. Samir Merabet has joined IGFL to establish his team "Hox-cofactor interactions: developmental and pathological aspects". While the role of Hox proteins during developmental or pathological processes are quite clearly established, the underlying molecular mechanisms (modes of action) remain poorly understood. His team proposes to decipher the molecular rules that are intrinsic to the specificity of action of Hox proteins in vivo by identifying their protein partners.

Finally, Dr. Michalis Averof benefits from a 3 year ANR funded “Chair of Excellence”, relocating his team "Comparative Biology of Development and Regeneration" from Crete to Lyon. As established model organisms (such as mouse and drosophila) allow to survey only a small fraction of the morphological and functional diversity present in the animal kingdom, emerging arthropod models provide opportunities to investigate processes that are not represented (or well studied) in the established models. His team uses the beetle Tribolium castaneum and the crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis to establish novel developmental genetics tools.