Françoise Praz received her Ph.D. degree in immunology in 1983 and a Doctorat dʼÈtat ès Sciences in genetics in 1987 from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris VI) in Paris, France. She was appointed in 1985 by the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France, a government-funded research organization, under the administrative authority of the French Ministry of Research. Praz currently serves as the Director of Research at the Saint-Antoine Research Centre (UMR_S 938-UPMC) in Paris, France, and serves as a Coleader of the team of Biology and Treatment of Hepatobiliary Tumors. Her main scientific contributions have been in the fields of basic immunology and immunopathology, unraveling the role of the complement system in lymphocyte activation and describing T-cell receptor repertoires in autoimmune diseases and in antitumor responses. Praz later contributed in elucidating the involvement of genetic instability in cancer, with special emphasis on tumor progression and response to treatments. Praz served as an Elected Member of the Management Committee of Gustave-Roussy Research Institute, Villejuif, France (from 2002 to 2005); Member of the Scientific Evaluation Committee of UPMC in cell biology (since 2005); Elected Member of the Council of Direction of Saint-Antoine Research Centre (since 2005); Board Member of the Scientific Council of the Department of Biology, UPMC (since 2009). Praz is a Member of the Editorial Boards of Cellular Oncology and Analytical Cellular Pathology.
Biography Updated on 9 April 2012