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Dr. A. Camus is a CNRS senior scientist and leader of the group "Stem Cells and Axial Skeleton Development" at Inserm U1229-RMeS, Nantes University, a center of excellence and a national leader in skeletal aging and regenerative medicine. A. Camus has a long-standing interest in deciphering basic cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate cell fate choice and tissue patterning during embryogenesis and stem cell differentiation. She initially studied gastrulation and central nervous system development. Today, her research focuses on studying mechanisms of axial skeleton development using genetic tools in the mouse model and human stem cells tissue engineering for regenerative medicine. She is developing systems biology approaches to identify gene networks and signalling pathways associated with notochordal cells differentiation as progenitors and regulators of the intervertebral disc in human and mouse.