Curriculum Vitae Catherine Robin

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Biographical sketch

Catherine Robin received her PhD in 2000 at the Denis Diderot Paris VII University in Paris (France). She did her PhD research in the laboratory of Dr. W. Vainchenker in the group of Dr. L. Coulombel, where she identified hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in cord blood, adult bone marrow and human embryos.

She received a French fellowship followed by a European fellowship to join the laboratory of Prof. E. Dzierzak, in the Cell Biology Department of Prof. F. Grosveld, at the Erasmus University Medical Center of Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Her postdoctoral research focused on understanding the precise localization and regulation of the first HSCs emerging in the mid-gestation mouse embryo. She notably identified several signaling molecules involved in embryonic HSCs survival and expansion.

In 2006, she received a NWO VIDI investigator grant to start her own research group at the Erasmus Stem Cell Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Rotterdam. By combining time-lapse confocal imaging and new dissection procedures she visualized, for the first time, the dynamic de novo emergence of the first HSCs from specialized endothelial cells (named hemogenic) directly inside the mouse embryonic aorta. This work was recognized as a major breakthrough discovery in 2010 and was broadcasted on TV and by several national and international newspapers. Images and movies generated in her group were also exposed at the Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam and at the MOTI museum in Breda (NL). In 2010, she was appointed Assistant Professor in the Cell Biology Department at the University Medical Center of Rotterdam.

In 2013, she started as Associate Professor at the Hubrecht Institute and in the Department of Cell Biology at the University Medical Center Utrecht (NL). She was recently awarded with an ERC Consolidator Investigator award. Current work in her research lab is focused on understanding the successive cellular and molecular steps leading to the production and expansion of HSCs during embryonic development.

Professional career

1995-2000. PhD study at the Denis Diderot University (Paris VII), France. INSERM U362 – Laboratory of Hematopoiesis and Stem Cells, Villejuif, France. Director: Dr. W. Vainchenker; Supervisor: Dr. L. Coulombel.
2000-2006. Postdoctoral fellow at the Erasmus MC, Department of Cell Biology, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with Prof. E. Dzierzak.
2006-2010. Principal investigator at the Erasmus MC, Department of Cell Biology, Erasmus Stem Cell Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
2010-2012. Assistant Professor at the Erasmus MC, Department of Cell Biology, Erasmus Stem Cell Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
2013-present. Associate Professor at the Hubrecht Institute and in the Department of Cell Biology at the University Medical Center of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Awards and honors

2004. Trustfonds Travel Award (Vereniging Trustfonds Erasmus Universiteit)
2007. Keystone Symposia scholarship.
2007. Talent day Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam Award.
2007. Trustfonds Travel Award (Vereniging Trustfonds Erasmus Universiteit)
2010. ISSCR Travel award.
2013. Talent day Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam Award.

Financial support

2000-2001. French fellowship “La ligue nationale contre le cancer”
2001-2003. European Marie Curie individual fellowship
2007-2012. NWO (Vidi Award) Dutch young investigator grant
2011-2015. Landsteiner Stichting voor Bloedtransfusie Research grant (with Dr. N. Galjart)
2013-2018. ERC starting (consolidator) grant
2014-2015. Utrecht university life sciences seed award (with Dr.J. Alblas)

Research interests

cell biology
developmental biology
regenerative medicine
live imaging
stem cells
hematopoiesis
muscle regeneration
transcription factors
cytokines
receptors
stem cell regulation
animal models

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