Associate Professor Frederic Gachon

Associate Professor - Group Leader

Institute for Molecular Bioscience
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Frédéric Gachon received his PhD in 2001 from the University of Montpellier for research on transcriptional regulation of the retrovirus HTLV-I promoter by a complex of viral and cellular proteins. Between 2001 and 2006, he performed his post-doctoral training with Prof. Ueli Schibler at the department of Molecular Biology of the University of Geneva, where he worked on the physiological functions of the circadian clock regulated PARbZip transcription factors. In 2006, he joined the Institute of Human Genetic (CNRS UPR 1142) in Montpellier where he started an independent research group studying the role of circadian clock-orchestrated post-transcription modifications on mouse metabolism. He joined in 2009 the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Lausanne as an assistant professor, and then joined the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences in 2012 where he pursued his work on the role of feeding and circadian rhythms on mouse and human physiology. He’s now Associate professor at the Institute of Molecular Bioscience of the University of Queensland.

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Trained as a chemical engineer, I obtained a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology in 2001. Starting in the field of chronobiology during my time as a post-doctoral assistant at the University of Geneva, I acquired the competencies required to develop projects in this area, meaning animal biology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, omics technology and associated data analysis. I further developed these skills with scientific independence and I am now a recognized expert in system chronobiology and its impact on metabolism and physiology. My expertise has allowed me to teach chronobiology and chronopharmacology in the various institutions I have worked at during my career.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Montpellier II University


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