Meet the team

Mounia Lagha

Group leader

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I grew up in Algeria and moved to France when I was 13 (Besançon). My passion for biology started in high school thanks to an amazing biology teacher. I then moved to Paris to enter a ‘grande école’ (AGRO-INA-PG). This is when I had the chance to enter to a research lab, first as a summer internship, than for my master.

I did my PhD at the Pasteur Institute in Paris where I studied myogenesis in mouse developing embryos. To dig into the mechanisms of gene regulation operating during development, I decided to change model organism and worked on Drosophila. I moved to Berkeley for my post doc in 2010.

My main post-doctoral finding was that minimal promoter sequences control polymerase pausing, essential for transcriptional coordination operating during gastrulation. I started my own independent group in Montpellier in 2015.

Maria Douaihy

PhD student

Antonio Trullo

Research Engineer

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I come from a small village in the south of Italy. After a degree and a PhD in theoretical physics, I decided to move into some more applied fields. First I joined the microscopy core facility at the CNIC (Madrid) working on the development of analysis techniques in the field of the Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy.

Since 2015, I moved to Montpellier and joined the IGMM to develop softwares to perform quantitative analysis on imaging data of transcription in drosophila embryos. I work on statistical tests too, to confirm or reject our working hypothesis and on mathematical modeling with our external collaborators.

Amandine Palandri

Research Assistant

Ronan Bouzignac

PhD student

Morgane Verbrugghe

Research Assistant

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Louise Maillard

PhD student

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Matthieu Angles

Research Assistant

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Virginia Pimmett

Post Doc

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Collaborations

S. De Rossi and V. Georget / Imaging (Montpellier Imaging Plateform)
E. Bertrand and E. Basyuk / Improved MS2 method (IGMM, Montpellier, France)
O. Radulescu and L. Ciandrini / Modeling (Universite de Montpellier)
M. Harrison / Production of Zelda-GFP fly line (University of Wisconsin Madison, USA)
K. Jagla and G. Junion / Cardiogenesis (Université Clermont-Ferrand, France)
J. Zeitlinger and J. Johnston / Bioinformatic analysis (Stowers Institute, Kansas City, USA)

Alumni

Maelle Bellec / PhD student / current position: post doc in Stainier lab
Jeremy Dufourt / CNRS Researcher
Heloïse Faure-Gautron / Trainee
Gabriel Sellam / Trainee M1
Olivier Messina / Trainee
Maelys Gicquel / Research Assistant
Hélène Lenden / Research Assistant
Matthieu Dejean / Research Assistant - CNRS
Marie Lamarque / Trainee
Carola Fernandez / PhD Student - CNRS
Jennifer Hunter / Post-Doc - CNRS
Marilyn Kajdan / Trainee - UM
Lucas Morales / Trainee - UM
Yayoi Wada / University of Kyoto, master 2 visiting student
Elisa Atger / Lycee Simone Weil, Montpellier, Le Puy en Velay
Rachida el Youssfi / BTS, Lycee Jean Mermoz (Montpellir), 8 weeks
Matilde Gauchier / Master 2, Université de Grenoble, 5 months (is now performing a PhD at IGH, Montpellier)
Matilde Montovani / Master 2, Université de Milan, Erasmus 10 months
Louis Redonnet / licence, Ecole centrale de Lyon, 3 months
Jonathan Lapine / licence, Université de Montpellier, 2 months
Quentin Dessables / Licence, Université de Poitiers, 3 months
Yasmine Hadj-Messaoud / Licence, Université Marseille, 4 weeks