Homaira NAWABI, PhD, Associate Professor

Homaira was born in Kabul (Afghanistan) and moved to Lyon (France) when she was 9. She did her PhD in Valérie Castellani’s lab in Lyon (France). She was into understanding how the nervous system is shaped. Then she moved to Boston (USA) to do her post doc in Zhigang He’s lab (Boston Childrens Hospital-Harvard Medical School). It was so exciting to grow back axons in the damaged central nervous system. Since 2016 she is a INSERM researcher and group leader at the Grenoble Institute of Neuroscience in France.
Homaira loves reading (she always reads the last chapter first! She is a huge fan of Preston & Child), baking cakes (it’s eatable and fun kind of bench work) and spending time with her daughter and husband.

Stephane BELIN, PhD, Associate Professor

Stephane was born and raised in Saint-Etienne (France). He did his PhD in Jean-Jacques Diaz’s team in Lyon (France). He started there a long-lasting love with ribosome and translation regulation. Then he moved to Boston (USA) to do his post doc jointly in Zhigang He’s lab and Judith Steen’s lab (Boston Childrens Hospital-Harvard Medical School). He developed in vivo proteomics analysis to decipher the neuronal injury response and highlight new neuroprotective and regenerative targets. He became at INSERM researcher in 2017. Now he is very excited about translation regulation in neurons. 
Stephane is supporting the best soccer team in the whole world... AS-Saint Etienne (Allé les Verts!!!!). He enjoys reading comic books and everything related to History. He's a great cook!


Celine TARDY, PhD Student

Céline was born and raised in Echirolles (France). She studied at the Grenoble Alpes University where she obtained her Master’s degree in Neurobiology in 2017. Céline is interested about the axon guidance during Central Nervous System regeneration. She also participates to make science more accessible to the public as a Pint of Science volunteer. Céline enjoys sailing, surfing and spending time with her friends. 

Marie BRUNCHAULT , PhD Student

Marie (Roxanne) was born and raised in Mauritius. She moved to Lyon for her studies, at Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University, where she obtained a Master's degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology : Cell Genetics and Pathologies in 2018. She is interested in understanding the role of ribosomes during neuronal regeneration. She enjoys singing, discovering new places (and food) and hiking. She is also a soccer fan ( Allez l'OL!!!!! )

Vinicius BARROS, PhD, Post-Doc

Born in Recife – Brazil, Vinicius (Vini) finished his PhD in early 2017. As a Pharmacist he graduated from the  Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE  - Brazil) in 2010 and obtained a master's degree in Drug Design and Synthesis at the same University in 2012. In early 2013, he started a PhD in collaboration between the UFPE and the Grenoble Alpes University (UGA – France), in the field of Chemistry and Life Sciences. After the end of his thesis (2017) Vini relied on the voluntary collaboration with researchers from the Pierre et Marie Curie Univeristy, Paris France, and the UGA, where he held two volunteer postdoctoral internships to develop his own research. He has experience in the field of Organic Synthesis to Drug Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Chemometrics and Neglected Tropical Diseases.




Julia SCHAEFFER, PhD, Post doc

Julia was born and raised in Paris (France). After two years of class prépa in maths and physics, Julia graduated as an Engineer, from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique-Paris, but fell back in love with biology after her Master’s degree. She did her PhD in Developmental Neurobiology at the University of Cambridge, working on the development of spinal nerves in the chick embryo. Julia likes to play volleyball, hike in mountains and gather with friends in pubs.


Noémie VILALLONGUE, Master Student

Noémie was born in Perpignan (France). After her scientific bachelor’s degree graduation, she went to Montpellier where she spent 2 years at the medical school and then, she did the second year of the biology degree. Noémie achieved her degree at Grenoble University and she recently validated her first master year. She completed her internship in the team and she is happy to continue her cursus in the lab even during summer! Noémie likes drawing, cooking and spend time with her family. 

Floriane ALBERT, Research Assistant

I was born in Grenoble. After obtaining my baccalaureate, I became a pharmaceutical assistant, before obtaining a BTS ANABIOTEC . I did my internship at the Institut Albert Bonniot in the team of Béatrice Eymin working on lung cancer. I stayed with them for 2 years as a Technician. I then obtained a permanant position asResearch Technician in Lyon at the team of Professor Jean François Nicolas. I worked for 4 years on "Immunology of cutaneous allergy and vaccination". Since 2017 I joined Homaira & Stephane's team at GIN.

 Mehdi BOUGHANMI, Research Assistant

Mohamed-ElMehdi was born in Bourgoin-Jallieu and raised in Villefontaine (France). He spent 2 years at medical school to finally find his way in the Bachelor of Biology, obtained in 2018. He likes computing, discovering other cultures and learning various things.

 Léa DI MASCIO, Research Assistant

Léa was born in Toulon. She is freshly graduated of a Master’s Degree in Human Pathology: Molecular Biology, Genetics and Oncology. Meticulous and ambitious, she aspires to become one of the greatest engineer! She has to leave the sunny beaches of La Cote d’Azur but is happy to find nice hiking spot in our beautiful mountains.