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Chiara Sinigaglia

CNRS researcher

After a Master at the  University of Padua (Italy, Chiara did her PhD at the Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (University of Bergen, Norway), studying axial patterning mechanisms in the sea anemone Nematostella. She then contributed to establishing Clytia jellyfish as a tractable system to study regeneration, at the Developmental Biology Laboratory of Villefranche-sur-Mer (Sorbonne University, France). She later studied limb regeneration in the crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis at the Institute for Functional Genomics of Lyon (France), before obtaining the ATIP-Avenir lab starting grant. She became a CNRS permanent researcher in 2022.

Lucas Leclere

CNRS researcher

Lucas obtained his PhD from Sorbonne University (France), studying life cycle evolution across hydrozoans and contributing to developing Clytia hemisphaerica as a tractable model. During his post-doc at the Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (Bergen, Norway), he studied embryonic development in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. He then pursued an independent research program on medusozoan biology and evolution at the Developmental Biology Laboratory of Villefranche-sur-Mer (Sorbonne University, France), becoming a CNRS permanent researcher in 2015. He further obtained his Habilitation in 2021.

Frédéric Sanchez

CNRS Engineer (IE)

Fred joined the team in September, to work on the development of new molecular tools for our jellyfish. Fred, CNRS researcher assistant, has a strong experience of plants and algae biology, and decided to challenge himself with Clytia and Pelagia.

Bastien Salmon

PhD student

Bastien studies the molecular structure and development of jellyfish sarcomeres, using Pelagia noctiluca as a main experimental model.

Florian Pontheaux


Florian studies the mechanical regulation of Clytia regeneration. Funded by ATIP-Avenir, Florian is focusing on live imaging approaches.

Meghana GC

PhD student

Clara Deleau

Engineer (IE)

Clara is developing transgenesic and knock-out methods on our jellyfish models.

  • Vita Plaza-Floquet (Master 1 student 2024)
  • Chris Latimer (Bachelor Student 2024)
  • Manon Boosten (PhD student 2019-2023)
  • Alix Decobert (Master 1 student 2023)
  • Capucine Le Cam Ligier (Master 2 student 2023)
  • Marti Poch (Bachelor student 2023)
  • May Line Goëb (Master 1 student 2023)
  • Nicolas Schlick (Jellyfish facility technician, 2021-2022)
  • Camille Sant (Bioinformatics engineer, 2021-2022)
  • Linnea de Waal (Bachelor student, 2022)
  • Achille Villeneuve (Bachelor student, 2022)
  • Alexandre Jan (Jellyfish facility technician, 2020-2021)
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