Curriculum Vitae

ALEXANDRA REBSAM                  CV Science


2018:                   Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches (HDR), Sorbonne Université, France

2000-2004 :        Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), France

2000 :                  Magistere of Biology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS), France

2000 :                  Master of Neuropharmacology at the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), France

1999 :                  B.S. in Biology-Biochemistry from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris and from the University Denis Diderot (Paris 7), France


Research Experience and Positions

2018-present:       Research Associate (CRCN INSERM) at Institut de la Vision, Paris, France (Dr. A. Chédotal)
                                Development of the visual system in normal and pathological conditions

2011-2018:            Research Associate (CRCN INSERM) at INSERM U839, Institut du Fer à Moulin, Paris, France (Dr. P. Gaspar)
Activity-dependent and independent mechanisms of visual map formation

2010 (8 months)  Research Associate at Columbia University, New York, USA  (Dr. C. Mason)
2005-2010:           Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University, New York, USA  (Dr. C. Mason)
(5 years)                  Development of retinogeniculate projections in mutant mice presenting decussation defects

1999-2004 :         Graduate student at INSERM U106, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, FRANCE (Dr. C. Sotelo)
(5 years)                  Development and plasticity of thalamocortical fibers in the somatosensory cortex of normal and MAOA-KO mice (Dr. P. Gaspar).
(2 months)              Gene expression patterns in Pax6 mutant mice  (Dr. O. Cases)

2002 :                 Internship as a graduate student at Jena University, Jena, GERMANY (Pr. J. Bolz)
(1 month)               Axon growth of thalamic explants on cortical membranes

1999 :                   Brain Science Institute Summer School « Development and plasticity of the nervous system »

1998 :                   Brain Science Institute, RIKEN, Saitama, JAPAN (Dr. T.K. Hensch)
(2 months)             Segregation of retinogeniculate fibers in the visual thalamus (Dr. M. Fagiolini)



Fondation NRJ "Pathologies rétiniennes" - 09/2014 to 08/2016

Genespoir - 2013-2019

Retina France - 07/2012 to 06/2013

Agence Nationale de la Recherche Young Researchers Programme (ARN JCJC) - 01/2012 to 12/2016



Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Organisation Long-Term Fellowship - 04/2006 to 03/2009          

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Long Term Fellowship - 2005 (Declined)

Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) Postdoctoral fellowship - 04/2005 to 03/2006

Fondation France Telecom, Mécénat Autisme Predoctoral fellowship - 10/2003 to 03/2005

French Ministry of Education and Research Predoctoral fellowship - 10/2000 to 09/2003

Travel awards

Jackson Laboratory for the meeting « Experimental Tools in Model Systems of Translational Vision Research » - 09/2006 

International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)  for the meeting IBRO2003 - 07/2003          

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for an internship in the laboratory of Dr. Jürgen Bolz  (Jena, Germany) - 10/2002

French Society of Developmental Biology for the INMED meeting « Nature and Nurture in Brain Development » - 09/2002



2012-present   Brain Awareness week coordinator at IFM

2012-present   Co-supervisor of the course "Development of the nervous system" in the Master 2 "
biologie intégrative et physiologie" at Sorbonne Université, Paris

2012 -2014      Teaching assistant in a high school class for a course on binocular vision (1h) and organization of a lab visit with microscopy sessions (2h).

2009 -2011      Teaching assistant for the hands-on session of the neuroanatomy course (1 day) for the 1st year students from the graduate program in Neurobiology at Columbia University.

2001-2004       Teaching assistant in biology (35 hr / year) for undergraduate students in Psychology at the University Lyon II.



PhD students: Ahlem Assali (2011-2014), Delphine Prieur (2015-2018), Virginie Chotard (2019-present)

PhD rotating students (3 months): Punita Bhansali, Gregory Wayne, Netonia Marshall, Austen Sitko

Master students: Esmee Van Kleef (2012), Ahlem Assali (2010), Eva Freund (2013), Alexandre Milman (2014), Delphine Prieur (2015), Virginie Chotard (2018)

Bachelor students: Esmee Van Kleef (2011)



  • French : native
  • English : fluent
  • German : intermediate knowledge
  • Japanese : fluent (maternal language)