Neurobiologist, Alain Prochiantz is a former fellow of the École normale supérieure (ENS) and has prepared his PhD at University René Diderot in Paris. He has been head of the CNRS unit “Development and Evolution of the Nervous System” and has chaired the Department of Biology at ENS.
Alain Prochiantz after defending a thesis on the structure of plant viral RNAs has been involved in studies on brain morphogenesis. The main scientific contribution of his laboratory is the discovery of a novel signaling mechanism based on the intercellular transfer of homeoprotein transcription factors and the study of the developmental and physiological functions of this pathway.
Based on the analysis of how these proteins travel across biological membranes, his laboratory has identified the first transduction peptides capable of addressing pharmacological substances to the cell interior.
In addition to these biological studies, Alain Prochiantz has written several books at destination of a larger public.
He is today head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology at Collège de France.