François Spitz received his PhD from Université Paris VI in 1998, working on transcriptional regulation during muscle differentiation. He carried out his postdoctoral research at the University of Geneva with Denis Duboule, where he studied the long-range regulatory elements that control homeotic gene clusters. He joined the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Heidelberg) as an independent group leader in 2006. At the end of 2015, he moved to the Pasteur Institute (Paris) where he leads a research unit in the Developmental and Stem cell Biology Department. His laboratory combines genome-scale chromatin characterization with genome engineering and editing to understand the mechanisms organizing the regulatory architecture of animal genomes.
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