Norbert Perrimon is the James Stillman Professor of Developmental Biology at Harvard Medical School, Boston. He is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (Boston), and associate member of the Broad Institute (MIT, Boston).
Dr. Perrimon received his PhD in Developmental Genetics from the University of Paris VI (1983). He has 30 years of experience in the fields of developmental genetics, signal transduction and genomics. His group develop a number of genetic techniques and established high-throughput genome-wide RNAi screens to systematically interrogate the entire Drosophila genome in various cell-based assays. In 2003 he created the Drosophila RNAi Screening Center at Harvard Medical School to make this technology available to the community. In addition, in 2008, he initiated the Transgenic RNAi Project to generate transgenic RNAi lines for the community using optimized shRNA vectors that his lab developed.
Currently, his laboratory is applying large-scale RNAi and proteomic methods to obtain a global understanding to the structure of a number of signaling pathways and their crosstalks. In addition, he is studying the roles of signaling pathways in homeostasis and tissue remodeling in Drosophila muscles and gut stem cells.
Dr. Perrimon has trained more than 90 students and postdoctoral fellows, with most of them currently holding academic positions. He has been an Investigater of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1986, and recipient of, among other honours, the Chaire d’Etat of the College de France, Paris (2003), the George W. Beadle Medal, of the Genetics Society of America (2004) and the RNAi Innovator Award (2009). He is an elected member of the American Association of Arts and Sciences (2009), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011), the EMBO (2011), and the National Academy of Sciences (2013). He is an associate editor of a number of journals including Genetics, Developmental Cell, Molecular Systems Biology and EMBO Reports.
Professor Perrimon will be hosted by dr. Angela Giangrande, USIAS Fellow 2014 of the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC), Strasbourg. He will give a public lecture on Wednesday 10 May 2017 at 15:30 in the Salle des Conférences in the MISHA building, titled Entering the Golden Age of Drosophila for understanding and treating human diseases.