Curriculum vitae Javier Pizarro-Cerda



Javier PIZARRO-CERDA Professional address :
Bacteria-cell interactions Unit – INSERM U604 – INRA USC2020
Department of Cell biology and Infection
25 rue du Docteur Roux -75724 PARIS Cedex 15-France.
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Present position and status:        Research Associate, Institut Pasteur



1998     Ph.D. in Immunology, Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille/Luminy, France
1995     Master in Immunology (DEA), Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy, France.
1994     Master in Biology (National University, Heredia- Costa Rica)
1989     Bachelor in Biology (University of Costa Rica – San José, Costa Rica)


2001-Present         Research Assistant, Unité des Interactions Bactéries-Cellules, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. " Membrane dynamics during invasion of target cells by Listeria monocytogenes".
February 2004       Visiting researcher, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA. "Small Interfering RNAs assays".
1999-2001              Post-doctoral Fellow, Unité des Interactions Bactéries-Cellules, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. "Proteomics of vacuolar compartments containing Listeria monocytogenes".
Novembre 1999     Visiting researcher, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel. "Quantitative Confocal Microscopy of Bacterial Invasion".
October 1997         Visiting researcher, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. "Electron Microscopy of Bacterial Invasion".
1995-1998              Ph.D. in Immunology, Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille/Luminy, France. "Intracellular trafficking of Brucella abortus in mammalian non-phagocytic cells".
1994-1995              Master in Immunology (DEA), Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy, France. "Intracellular trafficking of Brucella abortus LPS in macrophages".
1990-1994              Master in Biology, National University, Heredia, Costa Rica. "Activity of cationic peptides on Brucella abortus cell envelope".


2004     Intracellular Pathogens and Phagocytosis Course, AMSUD-Pasteur/EMBO, Mendoza, Argentina.
2002     Molecular and Cellular Microbiology Course, AMSUD-Pasteur Regional Course, Rosario, Argentina. "Bacterial and cellular factors involved in Listeria monocytogenes motility". Theoretical lectures and practical laboratory courses.


2005     "Strategies for cell invasion by Listeria monocytogenes". Umea University, Department of Molecular Biology, Umea, Sweden.
2005     "Role of type II PI4-kinases during Listeria monocytogenes invasion of target cells". Gordon Conference: Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Adhesion, Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
2005     "Septin 9, a new cellular effector modulating cell invasion by Listeria". European Initiative for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
2004     "Involvement of PI4-kinase II in Listeria monocytogenes invasion". University of Texas, Department of Physiology, Dallas, USA.
2000     "Interaction of Listeria monocytogenes with mammalian cells". 4th Annual Meeting French Society for Microscopy. National Institute of Applied Sciences, Toulouse, France.
1999     "Exploitation of the cell resources by intracellular parasites". National Parliament, San José, Costa Rica.
1999     "Brucella survival within non-professional phagocytes." Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel.
1998     "Intracellular trafficking of Brucella abortus in host cells". Meeting: The Immune System and its Encounters with Tropical Pathogens, Karolinska Institute Training Program, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
1997     "Retrograde transport of Brucella abortus in HeLa cells". University of Queensland, Department of Cell Biology, Brisbane, Australia.
1996     "Brucella abortus: association to non-professional phagocytes". Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy, France.


2000: French Ministry for National Education, Research and Technology Grant in Microbiology. "Identification of proteic and lipidic components of Listeria internalisation vacuoles".


1999: Costarrican National Award for Science and Technology ‘Clodomiro Picado Twight’.


2004-Present     Consulting Expert for the USA-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund.


1. Pizarro-Cerdá, J, and Cossart, P. 2006. Subversion of cellular functions by Listeria. J. Pathol. 28, 215-223.
2. Dussurget, O, Pizarro-Cerdá, J, and Cossart, P. 2004. Molecular determinants of Listeria monocytogenes virulence. Annu. Rev. Microbiol. 58, 587-610.
3. Pizarro-Cerdá, J, and Tedin, K.. 2004. The bacterial signal molecule, ppGpp, regulates Salmonella virulence gene expression. Mol. Microbiol. 52, 1827-1844.
4. Pizarro-Cerdá, J, and Cossart, P. 2004. Subversion of phosphoinositide metabolism by intracellular bacterial patoghens. Nat. Cell Biol. 6, 1026-1033.
5. Pizarro-Cerdá, J, Jonquières, R, Gouin, E, Garin, J, Vandeckerkove, J, and Cossart, P. 2002. Distinct protein patterns associated with InlA- and InlB-phagosomes. Cell. Microbiol. 4, 101-115.
6. Jonquières, R, Pizarro-Cerdá, J, and P. Cossart. 2001. Synergy between N- and C-terminal domain of InlB for efficient invasion of non-phagocytic cells by Listeria monocytogenes. Mol. Microbiol. 42, 955-965.
7. Lecuit, M, Hurme, R, Pizarro-Cerdá, J, Ohayon, H, Geiger, B, and Cossart, P. 2000. A role for alpha- and beta-catenins in bacterial uptake. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 97, 10008-10013.
8. Pizarro-Cerdá, J, Akira, S, Desjardins, M, Moreno, E, and Gorvel, JP. 1999. Endocytosis modulation in activated NF-IL6 (-/-) macrophages is responsible for a high susceptibility to B. abortus infection. J. Immunol. 162, 3519-3526.
9. Pizarro-Cerdá, J, Moreno, E, Sanguedolce, V, Mège, JL, and Gorvel, JP. 1998. Virulent Brucella abortus avoids lysosome fusion and distributes within autophagosome-like compartments. Infect. Immun. 66, 2387-2392.
10. Pizarro-Cerdá, J, Méresse, S, Parton, RG, van der Goot, G, Sola-Landa, A, Lopez-Goni, I, Moreno, E, and Gorvel, JP. 1998. Pathogenic Brucella abortus transits through the autophagic pathway and replicates in the endoplasmic reticulum of non-professional phagocytes. Infect. Immun. 66, 5711-5724.

Updated on 12/05/2014



Lab address

Unité Interactions Bactéries-Cellules

Institut Pasteur
25, Rue du Docteur Roux
75724 Paris Cedex 15 FRANCE


Phone: + 33 (1) 45 68 88 41

Secretary: + 33 (1) 40 61 30 32

Fax: + 33 (1) 45 68 87 06


Our laboratory is located on the ground floor at the 53C entrance of the Roux Building (25, rue du Docteur Roux)

The metro stations Pasteur (line 6) and Volontaires (line 12) are within a 5 min walking distance from the Pasteur Institute.

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