The aim of my research is to understand how the brain codes for information that serves complex cognitive operations of explicit learning, memory processes and spatial navigation.
During my thesis, I used both in vivo electrophysiological and behavioural approaches in rodents to investigate the nature of spatial representation formed by the medial entorhinal cortex, a brain structure involved in spatial memory and containing grid cells, head direction cells and conjunctive cells. Using the same methods during my postdoc in the Jeffery lab, I provided some new understanding of the head direction signal in both cortical and subcortical structures: the retrosplenial cortex, the postsubiculum and the anterodorso thalamic nucleus. In particular, I shown how external information provided by visual landmarks, self motion information, and contextual information provided by a specific odor of a given environment, are integrated to signal the head direction activity.
Back to the LNC spatial cognition team in Marseille, I am currently attempting to understand the function of the bidirectional cells (also called flip cells) I discovered in Jeffery lab, and how they interact with other spatial neurons, grid and place cells. My research is funding by the french medical research fundation (FRM) for 3 years.
ATER (temporary teaching and research assistant) in Aix-Marseille University from September 2017 to Mars 2018. Classes in "Development and plasticity of the central nervous system", "Physiological basis of cardiavascular and respiratory system" and "Physiological basis of sensori-motor system" 2d and 3rd year of Biology and Neuroscience.
December 2015-2016-2017-2018: "Neuroanatomical basis of spatial navigation" lectures, Master 2 Pierre and Marie Cury University, Paris.