Christine Petit, Board of Scientific Advisors

Christine Petit (Institut Pasteur), Professor at the Collège de France, Head of the Genetics and Physiology of Hearing Unit, Research Director at Inserm.


Christine Petit, born in 1948 in France, is Professor at College de France, Chair of Genetics and Cellular Physiology and Professor “Classe Exceptionnelle” at the Institut Pasteur, where she leads the Laboratory of Genetics and Physiology of Hearing. She is Head of Inserm UMRS 1120 Lab, Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC), Paris.


Christine Petit received her Doctorate in Medicine from the University Paris VI in 1974 after getting her Master of Sciences in biochemistry and genetics from the University of Sciences at Orsay, Paris XI, in 1973. She also earned her Doctorate in Natural Sciences and Biochemistry at the University Paris VII.




After obtaining her master degree in François Jacob’s laboratory and earning her PhD in the laboratory of Immunochemistry at the Institut Pasteur, Christine Petit completed her first postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Immunology in Basel, Switzerland (1982-1983) and her second at the Molecular Genetics Centre, CNRS in Gif-sur-Yvette, France (1983-1984) and joined Jean Weissenbach’ team in Pierre Tiollais’ laboratory at the Pasteur Institute. In 1993, Christine Petit established her own research unit of Human Molecular Genetics before becoming Head of the CNRS URA 1968 Laboratory of Mammalian Genome in 1995. She was then Head of the Laboratory of Genetics of Sensory Defects which became in 2008 the Laboratory of Genetics and Physiology of Hearing, which she still leads today. She was successively Head of the Department of Biotechnology (1998-2001) and Head of the Department of Neuroscience (2006-2010) of the Institut Pasteur.




Christine Petit has received several prestigious awards for her work, including the Pasarow Medical Research Award “Neuropsychiatry”-USA in 2011, the Grand Prix INSERM de la recherche médicale in 2007, the Louis-Jeantet for Medicine Prize-Europe in 2006, the L’Oreal-UNESCO: “For Women in Science” Award-Europe (2004). She also recently received The Brain Prize -Grete Lundbeck Foundationinternational (2012). Christine Petit is a Member of numerous academies, including the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, USA (since 2011), the French Académie des Sciences (2002), and the Academia Europae (1998). She is an Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (2011) and a Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur (2002).

Updated on 16/06/2014