Jean-Marc Verbavatz received his B.S. degree in biological chemistry in 1987 from the Ecole Centrale Paris, France, and completed his Ph.D. degree in cell biology at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, in 1990. His Ph.D. thesis was on the purification of membrane proteins forming water channels. Then, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Dennis Brown at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he studied two such water channels that had just been cloned: aquaporin-1 and aquaporin-2. In 1994, he received a research position at the CEA-Saclay (France), where he pursued his work on aquaporins (AQPs), in particular on the ultrastructure of AQPs in membranes using electron microscopy, on their function and regulation in kidney, and later in human skin. In 2003, his interest started to shift to biological membranes, cell endomembranes, and membrane proteins. In 2009, he became the Electron Microscopy Leader of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (Dresden, Germany). There, he has been using electron microscopy and electron tomography as a primary approach for the study of intracellular trafficking and the 3-dimensional organization of cellular compartments.
Biography Updated on 31 May 2012