Francois Guillemot: Biography

Francois Guillemot is group leader and Head of Division of Molecular Neurobiology.

He studied in Paris and obtained his PhD at the Institut d'Embryologie directed by Nicole Le Douarin, working on the development of the immune system and the structure of the major histocompatibility complex in the chick.

During postdoctoral trainings with Connie Cepko at Harvard Medical School and with Alex Joyner at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, he studied the differentiation of the nervous system in chick and mouse embryos.

He established a research group in 1994 at the Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Cellulaire et Moléculaire in Strasbourg, where he studied the role of proneural transcription factors in differentiation of the peripheral and central nervous system.

He moved to the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research (now part of the Francis Crick Institute) in 2002, where he continued to study transcriptional programmes promoting neurogenesis in the embryonic and adult brain.


Francois Guillemot
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  • Qualifications and history
  • 1989 PhD Institut d'Embryologie du CNRS, Paris, France
  • 1989-1991 Postdoctoral fellow Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
  • 1991-1994 Postdoctoral fellow Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
  • 1994 Group Leader, IGBMC, Strasbourg, France
  • 2002 Group Leader, Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK
  • 2015 Group Leader, the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK