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About: MichelVervoort

I'm full Professor of developmental and evolutionary biology at the Université Paris Diderot and group leader at the Institut Jacques Monod in Paris. Our group compares the genetic networks that regulate the developmental patterning of key aspects of the body plan across metazoans, in order to reconstruct the early stages of animal evolution. Recent publications Demilly A, Simionato E, Ohayon D, Kerner P, Garcès A, Vervoort M. (2011) Coe genes are expressed in differentiating neurons in the central nervous system of protostomes. PLoS One. 6(6):e21213. Janssen R, Le Gouar M, Pechmann M, Poulin F, Bolognesi R, Schwager EE, Hopfen C, Colbourne JK, Budd GE, Brown SJ, Prpic NM, Kosiol C, Vervoort M, Damen WG, Balavoine G, McGregor AP. (2010) Conservation, loss, and redeployment of Wnt ligands in protostomes: implications for understanding the evolution of segment formation. BMC Evol Biol 10:374. Dray N, Tessmar-Raible K, Le Gouar M, Vibert L, Christodoulou F, Schipany K, Guillou A, Zantke J, Snyman H, Béhague J, Vervoort M, Arendt D, Balavoine G. (2010) Hedgehog signaling regulates segment formation in the annelid Platynereis. Science 329:339-42. Richards G., Simionato E., Perron M., Adamska M., Vervoort M., & Degnan B.M. (2008). Evolutionary origins of the neurogenic circuit: evidence from sponges. Curr Biol 18:1156-61.

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Postdoctoral position to study annelid stem cells and regeneration at the Institut Jacques Monod in Paris

Posted by on April 12th, 2017

Regeneration, the ability to restore lost parts of the body, is a widespread phenomenon in animals. Whilst this ability is somehow limited in classical developmental model organisms, a variety of animals are able to regenerate complex structures, such as limbs or important parts of their body. Regeneration is often based on the presence of populations[…]

Post-doc position in evolution and development in Paris

Posted by on January 31st, 2013

A two-year post-doctoral positionis available in the group of Guillaume Balavoine and Michel Vervoort ( at the Institut Jacques Monod (IJM) in Paris (France). The IJM is a leading French biological research institute, comprising about 25 interactive research groups and high-quality technological facilities, including a cutting-edge imaging platform. The primary research focus of the group is to[…]