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The Organisation

Aix-Marseille University (AMU) was established on January 1, 2012, resulting from the fusion of the 3 former Universities of Marseille and Aix en Provence. Today, as well as being one of the youngest universities in France, it is also the largest in terms of its student body, its faculty and staff, and its budget in the French speaking world. AMU hosts 71,000 students including 10,000 international students, 7,680 faculty and staff members, 12 doctoral schools and 3,650 PhD students. Students are spread over 5 main campuses. AMU is home to 132 research facilities – 118 Laboratories and 14 federative research structures – linked to France’s largest research institutions (CNRS, INSERM, IRD, INRA, CEA), ensuring favourable conditions for in-depth exchange between disciplines – a major asset for the creation of knowledge. 

Research of AMU laboratories was described as high quality by the Academic Advisory Council as early as 2006. Technology transfer is managed by the PACA-Corse Technology Transfer Acceleration Company (SATT). 

Marseille is the second largest site for Neuroscience Research in France with 12 laboratories organizing the research activities of 60 teams supported by AMU and either CNRS or INSERM who jointly support 345 permanent researchers and academics and 153 technicians and engineers. Together with technical staffs and non-permanent researchers, the network of Neuroscience units includes nearly 950 people. The Marseille Neuroscience community covers a very broad range of approaches to investigate brain function at multiple levels of analysis, from molecular and cellular neurosciences to cognitive psychology and behavioral sciences. 

The Team

The NICN laboratory (UMR7259) is directed by Dr. Michel Khrestchatisky, supported by AMU and the CNRS, and located in one of the campuses of the Medical Faculty of Marseille. 

The laboratory hosts 35-40 people divided in 4 groups:  

  • BBB and neuroinflammation (Dr. Michel Khrestchatisky)
  • Neural plasticity and neurodegeneration (Dr. Santiago Rivera)
  • Olfactory neurogenesis and repair of the CNS (Pr. François Féron) 
  • Neurobiology of mnesic processes (Pr. François Roman)

The laboratory is fully equipped for in vitro and in vivo studies, with facilities for biochemistry, molecular biology, cell culture, imaging, access to the animal, proteomics and qPCR shared facilities of the Medical Faculty. 

Development of vector-drug conjugates will be performed on a collaborative basis with Vect-Horus, a biotechnology company with expertise and facilities for peptide chemistry and drug development and that is a spin off of the NICN laboratory.

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The ESR will have his/her bench space, will share an office with other researchers/students of the laboratory will have his/her own computer. The ESR will register at the Integrative & Clinical Neuroscience (ICN) PhD program of AMU. Attending the PhD program events including the annual meeting of the doctoral school will grant the ESR all the necessary credits to defend the PhD. The PhD program offers tutored seminars, general, advanced and specialized courses and its main goals are to provide general and specialized skills, combined academic/industrial training, promote international networks, improve employability and increase career prospects.

Contact Us

Dr. Michel Khrestchatisky
UMR 7259, N.I.C.N., Faculté de Médecine Nord, CS80011
13344 Marseille Cedex 15, France
Tel: (+33) (0)4 91 69 87 29
Secretary: (+33) (0)4 91 69 89 64
Mobile: (+33) (0)6 84 77 94 72


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