The Nice Doctoral School has awarded its annual PhD Prize to Thomas JUAN (Maximilian FURTHAUER‘s Team). During his PhD Thomas has studied different aspects of the developmental program that governs the establishment of zebrafish left-right asymmetry. He discovered that the actin-binding motor protein Myosin 1D, which was previously identified as a key regulator of Drosophila left-right asymmetry, also controls the formation and function of the zebrafish left-right organizer. This work provides for the first time a unifying mechanism for the establishment of left-right asymmetry in both invertebrate and vertebrate organisms and  identifies Myosin1D as an evolutionarily conserved regulator of animal left-right asymmetry. Thomas’s work was published in Nature Communications:

Juan T, Géminard C, Coutelis JB, Cerezo D, Polès S, Noselli S, Fürthauer M. Myosin1D is an evolutionarily conserved regulator of animal left-right asymmetry. Nature Communications 2018 May 16;9(1):1942. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04284-8.

The Award Ceremony will take place on November, 20th in Parc Valrose.

Congratulations to Thomas !