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Arrival of Eglantine Heude at IGFL

We are delighted to welcome Eglantine Heude in September 2024. Eglantine is a researcher at the CNRS, focusing on the evolution and development of the head-trunk junction in vertebrates, using genetic and comparative approaches. Eglantine was selected following the last recruitment symposium organized at the IGFL and she is highly motivated to start a new team within the Institute.

Welcome to IGFL!

Un aperçu de ses projets de recherche :

As a permanent CNRS researcher for more than four years, I am happy to join soon the IGFL to establish my team and to study the embryonic development and the evolution of vertebrates.

Vertebrates constitute a large group of animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. A remarkable step in their evolution was the transition from the aquatic to terrestrial lifestyle, some 350 million years ago, which was enabled by the emergence of anatomical innovations such as the appearance of the limbs and the neck, specific to tetrapods. The neck, absent in fish, allows the mobility of the head on land and contains essential elements for air breathing, food intake or vocalization. By studying different conventional and unconventional vertebrate models, our aim is to elucidate the molecular and cellular actors which may have been at the origin of the emergence and evolution of the neck and would have allowed to adapt to new environments. In addition, our studies seek to provide new perspectives for the understanding of some human birth malformations for which the cervical musculoskeletal system is specifically affected.

Funding: ANR Jeune Chercheuse projet MorphoNeck (