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  Dr. Olivier Raineteau - INSERM Research Director (DR2)


Stem Cell and Brain Research Institute
Unité INSERM U846
Lyon, France

Postnatal forebrain development and plasticity laboratory

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Olivier Raineteau received its Ph.D. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (2000) where he became interested in the capacity and limitations of the central nervous system to reorganize after a lesion. His PhD work was awarded by the Silver medal from the ETH Zürich. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Beat Gahwiler (2001-2004) in the Department of Neurophysiology of the University of Zurich, investigating neurogenesis in the central nervous system.
This scientific work was further developed when he joined the Cambridge Center for Brain Repair as an independant group leader in 2004.

Olivier Raineteau joined the Brain Research Institute in Zürich in 2008. His work aims at better understanding the basic mechanisms controlling the behavior of neural stem cells in the postnatal central nervous system in order to design innovative approaches to recruit these cells after lesion or in pathologies.

In 2014, he obtained a position of Research Director at INSERM (DR2) and joined the Stem Cell and Brain Research Institute (SBRI - INSERM U846) in Lyon. He is a recipient of the package PALSE (Programme d'Avenir Lyon St-Etienne) and an associate member of the LABEX Cortex.

He received the Ulrich Schellenberg Price in 2010. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journals Translational Neuroscience and Frontiers in Neurogenesis.


Selected publications




  2014- present INSERM Research Director (DR2), Stem-Cell and Brain Research Institute, Inserm U846, Lyon (FR)  
  2008- 2014 Independant Group leader, Brain Research Institute, ETH Zürich (CH)  
    Associate Editor "Frontiers in Neurogenesis", "Translational Neurociences"  
    Scientific advisory committee member “Foundation IRME” (Institut pour la Recherche sur la Moelle épinière et l’Encéphale)  
    Selection committee member “Life Science Zurich Graduate School”, for interviews of PhD applicants  
  2004-2008 Group leader, Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge (UK)  
    Senior Member of the Wolfson College, Cambridge (UK)  
  2001-2004 Postdoctoral position, Dept. of Neurophysiology, Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich (CH)  


  1998-2001 PhD in Neuroscience, Dept. of Neuromorphology, Brain Research Institute, ETH Zürich (CH)  
  1997 Master in Neurosciences, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (France)  


  2008-Present Lecturer, Center for Neuroscience Zurich, D-Biol ETHZ (CH)  
    Habilitation received from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ)  
  2004-2008 College Supervisor for second year medical students (Neurobiology and human behavior), Wolfson College, Cambridge (UK)  
    Lecturer for 3rd year medical students - Lectures topic: "Neural Stem Cells", University of Cambridge (UK)  
    Laser safety officer of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge (UK)  


  2010 Ulrich Schellenberg Prize for research in spinal cord injury, International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia  
  2004 Invitation to the Roche Symposium for Leading Bioscientists of the Next Decade  
  2000 Medal award from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich for outstanding thesis  




Azim K, Zweifel S, Klaus F, Yoshikawa K, Amrein I, Raineteau O.
Early decline in progenitor diversity in the Maroset lateral ventricle.
Cereb Cortex
. 2013 Apr;23(4):922-31 |Abstract|

Fernández ME, Croce S, Boutin C, Cremer H, Raineteau O.
Targeted electroporation of defined lateral ventricular walls: a novel and rapid method to study fate specification during postnatal forebrain neurogenesis.
Neural Dev
. 2011 Apr 5;6:13. |Abstract|

Winpenny E, Lebel-Potter M, Fernandez ME, Brill MS, Götz M, Guillemot F, Raineteau O.
Sequential generation of olfactory bulb glutamatergic neurons by Neurog2-expressing precursor cells.
Neural Dev
. 2011 Apr 5;6:12. |Abstract|

Geoffroy CG, Critchley JA, Castro DS, Ramelli S, Barraclough C, Descombes P, Guillemot F, Raineteau O.
Engineering of dominant active basic helix-loop-helix proteins that are resistant to regulation by postnatal CNS anti-neurogenic cues.
Stem Cells
. 2009 Apr 5;6:13. |Abstract|

Brill MS*, Ninkovic J*, Winpenny E, Hodge RD, Ozen I, Yang R, Lepier A, Gascón S, Erdelyi F, Szabo G, Parras C, Guillemot F, Frotscher M, Berninger B, Hevner RF, Raineteau O*, Götz M* (* equal contribution).
Adult generation of glutamatergic olfactory bulb interneurons.
Nat Neurosci.
2009 Dec;12(12):1524-33. |Abstract|

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