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Julien Rossignol, Ph.D.

College of Medicine

Specialty: Neuroscience

1280 S. East Campus Drive, CMED 2428
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
rossi1j@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3405
Lab: 989-774-3192
  


Julien Rossignol received bachelor of science degrees in cellular biology and biochemistry from the University of Nantes, France. He received a master's degree in molecular biology and biophysics from the University of Orleans, France and a Ph. D. in neuroscience from the University of Nantes, France. His graduate work involved studies on the therapeutic effect of adult stem cell transplantations in Huntington's disease rat model. Following post-doctoral fellowships at INSERM U643 in Nantes, France and in the Neuroscience Program and the Department of Psychology at Central Michigan University where he continued his work with stem cells as a potential cure for neurodegenerative diseases. As a faculty member in the College of Medicine Rossignol is conducting his research in the Field Neurosciences Institute Laboratory for Restorative Neurology.

Rossignol's present laboratory research is to determine the best adult stem cell candidate to transplant in the brain to treat neurodegenerative diseases. His group studied specifically mesenchymal stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. Previous work has shown that mesenchymal stem cells slowed the deficits in a transgenic rat model of Huntington's disease but failed to create new neurons. Induced pluripotent stem cells have the ability to become neurons and may prove to have greater therapeutic utility.

Education & Fellowships:
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow
    • Field Neurosciences Institute Laboratory for Restorative Neurology
      Program in Neuroscience and Department of Psychology
      Central Michigan University
      2007-2011
    • INSERM U643, University of Nantes
      Nantes, France
      2007
  • Doctorate
    • INSERM U643, University of Nantes
      Nantes, France
      2003-2007
  • Graduate
    • University of Orleans
      Orleans, France
      2003
  • Undergraduate
    • University of Nantes
      Nantes, France
      1998-2002
Specialty Interests:
Stem cell biology, stem cell therapies, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, motor behavior deficits, immumohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry and microscopy.

Awards & Honors:
  • SfN Postdoctoral Trainee Travel Award, November 2011
    • 41th SfN Meeting, Washington D.C. (USA).
  • Postdoctoral travel award, September 2011
    • World Huntington Disease Congress 2011, Melbourne (Australia).
  • Postdoctoral poster award, May 2011
    • Michigan Chapter Society for Neuroscience 2011, Lansing (USA).
  • INTR student travel award, May 2011
    • INTR 2011, Clearwater Beach (USA).
  • SfN Postdoctoral Trainee Travel Award, October 2009
    • 39th SfN Meeting, Chicago (USA).
  • Travel Award, July 2006
    • 5th Forum of European Neuroscience, Vienna (Austria).
  • Oral Communication Award, May 2006
    • 3rd National Stem Cell Meeting, Nantes (France).
  • Oral Communication Award, May 2005
    • 2nd National Stem Cell Meeting, Nantes (France).
Memberships:
  • SFN (Society For Neuroscience)
  • FENS (Federation for European Neuroscience Society)
  • French Society for Neuroscience
  • French CGB (Basal Ganglia Club)
  • European Huntington's Disease Network
Specialty in Diseases and Conditions: 
November 2011: SfN Postdoctoral Trainee Travel Award, 41th SfN Meeting, Washington D.C. (USA).

Languages Spoken:
  • French
  • English