Govindan Dayanithi

University of Montpellier 2, France

Govindan Dayanithi was educated in India (The University of Madras) as a zoologist, parasitologist, comparative anatomy and physiologist, and crustacean endocrinologist. He came to Europe in 1983 as a French Ministry of Education Postdoctoral Fellow (CROUS), followed by a French Medical Foundation Fellowship (FRM-France) and an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellowship (Germany). He was a Senior Research Assistant at the Department of Anatomy of the University of Oxford before being permanently employed by the French Ministry of Research (CNRS) as a Senior Researcher in 1989 and then as a Research Director since 1998. He was awarded the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Fellowships (2004 and 2008) to conduct research and teaching activities at the UOEH School of Medicine-Kitakyushu, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Tottori University, and Jichi Medical School. He is currently performing research at the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, an EU Center of Excellence in Prague. He serves as an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology and Cell Calcium. He is a constant expert reviewer for many journals and is a multidisciplinary expert in various EU research programs who has published many interesting papers in various peer-reviewed journals over many years. His major research focus is to understand the role and physiology of calcium and calcium signalling in various tissue models, especially in the CNS (hypothalamo-neurohypophysial system) and the PNS (DRGs and motoneurons). In recent years, in collaboration with Japanese and British colleagues, he has employed newly developed genetically modified rat models for visualizing fluorescent vasopressin and oxytocin in order to understand the physiology of these neuropeptides in various tissue models. Currently, he is also studying the molecular physiology of calcium signalling in human embryonic stem cells.

Biography Updated on 20 December 2009

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