Jean-Louis Bessereau

Université de Lyon /MD-PhD schools

Jean-Louis Bessereau is a neurobiologist , Professor in cell biology at the “Lyon Est” medical school, and hospital practitioner at the “Hospices Civils de Lyon”. He earned a medical degree from the University “Paris 6”, and completed a residency in neurology in Paris. He concurrently made a PhD thesis at the Pasteur Institute with the Pr. J-P Changeux. In 1995 J.-L. Bessereau obtained a permanent researcher position at the INSERM. He stayed for 2 years at the “Pasteur Institute”, before moving to the University of Utah, USA, where he worked on the genetics and neurobiology of the worm C. elegans. In 2000, he founded his own team in the biology department of the “Ecole Normale Superieure” in Paris wherein he launched a very fruitful research program on the formation and regulation of synaptic connections in the nervous system. J.-L. Bessereau was appointed PU-PH in Lyon in 2012 and moved his team to the University Claude Bernard one year later. In 2016 he was awarded a prestigious grant from the European Research Council ("ERC advanced") to support his researches on the synapse. One of the reasons to moving to Lyon was to participate to the structuration of the Institut NeuroMyoGene (INMG), a novel research institute dedicated to the physiology and pathology of the neuromuscular system. He has been Deputy Scientific Director of the INMG since its creation in January 2016, as well as Director of the microscopy platform “Lyon Bio-Image”. In addition to research, J.-L. Bessereau has been involved in the MD-PhD program of the “Ecole de l'INSERM - Liliane Bettencourt” since its creation in 2003. This program offers early research training to a small number of medical or pharmacy students. Since moving to Lyon J.-L. Bessereau has coordinated the creation of a local MD-PhD program involving the “University Claude Bernard Lyon 1” and the “Ecole Normale Superieure of Lyon” – it was sucessfully launched in 2016.


Global medical education & training

Tuesday April 4th from 03:30 pm to 06:00 pm
Workshop A