Associate Project Scientist

Amélie did her undergraduate studies in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Montpellier, France where she developed strong interest in hematopoietic cell biology. She received her PhD in July 2008 under the supervision of Dr Naomi Taylor at the Institute of Molecular Genetic of Montpellier (IGMM), France.  Her doctoral work was mainly focused on glucose and vitamin C transport during erythropoiesis but also aimed to understand T-cell commitment and differentiation.  Amélie was rewarded a post-doctoral fellowship from Europe and joined Dr Hanna Mikkola’s lab at UCLA in January 2009. She was studying the role of the transcription factor Mef2c in B cells and hematopoietic stem cells during development and aging in mice. She also led a project on the transcriptional regulation of the hematopoietic fate by SCL/TAL1 during mouse development. 

Amélie decided to pursue her career in immunology; she joined Dr Crooks’ lab at UCLA in July 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow and obtained a faculty position in January 2014. Her work is focused on the biology of the thymus and specifically on the thymic microenvironment and the induction of immune tolerance. Her goal is to create a translational implantable model composed of thymic stromal cells (including thymic epithelial cells and mesenchyme) and hematopoietic progenitors in order to support T-cell development and induce tolerance through the generation of Tregs.

Outside of the lab Amélie enjoys exploring LA and Southern California with her husband Guillaume and their two boys Andrew and Damian. She likes painting, dancing, running and most of all making cakes and pastries for both her family and her friends.