Joëlle Roche is a Professor of molecular biology at the University of Poitiers (France) and is presently doing a sabbatical for the 2009–2011 period at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC, USA). She obtained a first Ph.D. degree (Doctorate of the third cycle) from the University of Lyon and a second Ph.D. degree (State Doctorate) from the University of Grenoble (France) in 1978 and 1985, respectively. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Lyon until 1995. For these last 15 years, she has been mainly interested in the semaphorin/neuropilin pathway in lung cancer in general and more recently in the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). She studied SEMA3F gene organization, expression, and regulation. She has a strong interest in epigenetics and in particular in chromatin modifications. She is involved in a collaborative work with chemists of the University of Poitiers to test potential histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) in vitro.
Biography Updated on 12 July 2010