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Heather Etchevers


Short CV

1992 Wellesley College, Massachusetts (USA)
1998 Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, California (USA)
1999 Ph.D. Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 (equivalence for France)
1999-2002 Postdoc with N. Le Douarin at the IECM, Nogent-sur-Marne, France
2002-2003 Postdoc with S. Lyonnet and M. Vekemans, INSERM, Necker Children’s Hospital, Paris, France
since 2003 Group leader (Avenir), Necker Children’s Hospital, Paris, France
2004 Chargé de recherche, INSERM

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Where I've been to learn things:

1988 Pathology Department, Newton-Wellesley Hospital Massachusetts, USA
1990 Management Basics Program, Wellesley College Massachusetts, USA
1990 Summer Student Program, The Jackson Laboratory Maine, USA
1992 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Germany
2002 Course in Scientific Management, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Maryland, USA
2004 Personne Compétente en Radioprotection, (Radiation Safety Officer qualification) Université Réné Descartes – Paris 5 Paris, France

Awards and Distinctions

Programme Avenir, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale 2002-2005

Predoctoral Fellow in the Biological Sciences, Howard Hughes Medical Institute 1993-1998

Director, Conseil Médico-Scientifique de l’Association Naevus 2000 France-Europe depuis 1999

Phi Beta Kappa (humanities) and Sigma Xi (sciences) since 1992

Conference organization

Organizer : “ The congenital giant nevus : research and treatment. ” Satellite symposium for the 18th International Pigment Cell Conference, Egmond-aan-See (Pays-Bas), 13-sept-2002

Session moderator, scientific committee : « Congrès Jeunes Chercheurs de l’Université Paris V», Paris, 19-oct-2005 (and 2006, and 2007)

Moderator, scientific committee : « Naevus Géant Congénital, les soins et la recherche associée » Marne-la-Vallée, 12-nov-2005

Publication list on PubMed

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Below is a picture of chicken embryos. On the left, unoperated. The right two frames show degrees of synophthalmia and holoprosencephaly (with reduction of forebrain tissue) in cephalic neural crest-ablated subjects. The forebrain territory itself had not been operated. This demonstrates that neural crest cells are vital to the survival of the telencephalon and much of the diencephalon. The effect is a phenocopy of interfering with the Sonic hedgehog signaling cascade either through gene mutations or teratogen exposure. No one cites this work very much because a colleague at the time carried it further and published in 2004. I just posted it so I could copy the link over to my blog.

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