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Heather Etchevers, Ph. D.

Staff scientist (CR1), INSERM
Marseille, France

Research field: Biological Sciences - Embryology
congenital malformations, genetics, epigenetics, stem cells


Awards and Grants

  •  Sep 2010 
    Nevus Outreach, Inc. research grants View website
  •  Sep 2008 
    Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale: Role of the FGF10-FGFR2b pathway in cardiac morphogenesis View website
  •  Sep 2006 
    Programme National de Recherche en Dermatologie: Physiopathology of giant congenital melanocytic nae View website
  •  Sep 2004 
    Association Française contre les Myopathies: Transcriptome and differentiation analysis of multipote View website
  •  Mar 2003 
    “Avenir” program, INSERM (150K euros consumables, 126K euros salaries) View website
  •  Sep 2001 
    Sturge-Weber Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow View website
  •  Aug 2001 
    Travel award from the Société Française de la Biologie du Développement to attend the 14th Internati View website
  •  Dec 1993 
    Predoctoral Fellow in the Biological Sciences, Howard Hughes Medical Institute View website

Biographical Information

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Professional Experience

2003 - Present
Staff scientist (CR1) at INSERM
Marseille, France
Sep 2001 - Mar 2003
Jun 1999 - Sep 2001
Postdoc at Institut d‟Embryologie - CNRS UMR 7218
Nogent-sur-Marne, France

Sep 2011 - Feb 2012
Université Aix-Marseille II in Marseille, France
Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches
Sep 1994 - Jun 1999
Université de Paris 06 - Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Ph. D.
Sep 1992 - Dec 1998
University of California - Berkeley
Ph. D.
Sep 1988 - Jun 1992
Consulting Services

1992- Member, Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa honors societies (USA)
1993-2003 Member, Society for Neuroscience (USA)
1995- Member, Société Française de la Biologie du Développement (France)
1999- Senior scientific advisor, Naevus 2000 France-Europe
2006-2010 Member, International Society for Stem Cell Research
2007- Scientific advisor, Nevus Outreach, Inc.
2010 Strategic planning committee, Nevus Outreach, Inc.

2011 Co-organizer, International Expert Meeting on Large Congenital Melanocytic Nevi and Neurocutaneous Melanocytosis, Tübingen, Germany
2010-2011 Member, national committee for the International Pigment Cell Conference 2011
2009 Moderator of national conference on congenital giant nevus, Vichy
2008 Selection committee, “Journées scientifiques” of the IFR30 and IFR31, Toulouse
2005-2008 Selection committee, Congrès Jeunes Chercheurs (Université Paris Descartes)
2005 Co-organizer of national conference on congenital giant nevus, Marne-la-Vallée
2002 Organizer and moderator of symposium on congenital giant nevus, satellite to the International Pigment Cell Conference, Egmond-aan-See, Holland

2010 Grant Reviewer, Association Française contre les Myopathies
2008- Reviewer, Human Molecular Genetics, Human Genetics, Anatomical Record, Journal of Visualized Experiments and Human Reproduction journals
2008 Invited scientific advisory committee representative for Naevus 2000 France-Europe by Drug Information Association Euromeeting, Barcelona,
2-5 March 2008
2006-2008 Grant Reviewer, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France), National Science Foundation (Georgia), Rappaport Institute (Israel)
2005 Report for the scientific directions workgroup "Stem cells and therapy" of the future IMAGINE Institute of Genetic Disease, Paris, France
2004-2009 Radiation safety officer, INSERM U781. Designed training presentation available at (3729 views; used beyond our research unit.)

M.D. thesis committees: A. Vigouroux (2008), L. Benouaiche (2009), M. Chaabouni (2009)

Ph.D. thesis committees: C. Bonnart (2007); C. Golzio (as co-director, 2009); S. Mercier (2012)

Animal experimentation, level I. Training at CNRS center Joseph Aiguier, Marseille, from 21 June to 2 July 2011.
Radiation safety officer training for qualification as “personne compétente en radioprotection”, Hôpital Pitié-La Salpêtrière, Paris, December 2003.
Course in Scientific Management for the. Beginning Academic Investigator by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, Bethesda, MD (USA), July, 2002.
Summer student program at the Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine (USA), June-Aug,1990.

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