Dr. Emilie Renaud


I was born and brought up in Lyon, France. I did my PhD in France at the CEA near Paris, from 2004 to 2008. The study of the cancer-prone genetic disorder Xeroderma Pigmentosum gave me first insights into the crucial role of DNA damage response in cellular transformation. My postdoctoral research at the Gustave Roussy Institute in France involved another genetic disease called Fanconi Anemia. My project focused on : 1) validating a checkpoint recovery defect in patients' cells, 2) showing impaired epigenetic modifications of chromatin leading to chromosomal aberrations and 3) identifying a new role of FANCD2 as a critical factor to maintain the proliferation and survival of melanoma cells.
Then I moved to Wiesbaden, Germany in 2015. The goal of my project at TU Darmstadt was to mimic computerized tomography scans and to assess the impact of X-rays on mouse development. To do so, different knockout and knockin mice models of homologous recombination were irradiated with X-rays, at the embryonic or new born stage. I eventually took the opportunity to work in translational research on thyroid cancer and joined Pr. Dr. Rajalingam's lab at the beginning of 2019.

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