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Last update: May 2021

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Human Nutrition Unit

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Team members



Fafournoux Pierre

Senior scientist CNRS

Team leader

Regulation of physiological functions by amino acid availability ; protein and amino acids homeostasis; eIF2a dependent signaling

Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 45 62   

E-mail pierre.fafournoux[at]


MD-PhD, Clinic Leader, Hospital Practitioner, Clermont-Fd Hospital

Nephrology, Kidney disease, Extrarenal Purification Muscle Atrophy, Proteolytic systems, Biomarkers



Averous Julien


Amino acids, polyphenols, translation, GCN2, ATF4, mTORC1, Integrated Stress Response

Phone +33 (0)4 73 75 23 61

Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 42 02    

E-mail julien.averous[at]


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Molecular and cellular biology, GCN2/eIF2a/ATF4, Gene therapy, Viral vectors, Transgenic mice, Gene regulation by nutrition

Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 40 00

E-mail fida.azar[at]


Bechet Daniel

Senior scientist

Aging, skeletal muscle, sarcopenia, dynapenia, myofibers, capillaries, omics, proteostasis

BOYER Christian

Boyer Christian

Ph.D Student

Muscle atrophy, Brown bear hibernation, Physiology, Cellular models, Molecular Biology

Phone + 33 (0)4 73 75 23 61   

E-mail daniel.bechet[at]                                 

E-mail christian.boyer[at]


Bruhat Alain

Senior scientist

Amino acids, GCN2, ATF4, Integrated Stress Response, Autophagy, muscle atrophy, Bioluminescent mouse, Gene therapy



Carraro Valérie

Engineer assistant

Molecular and cell biology, Transgenic mice, Animal experimentation, Health and safety



Phone + 33 (0)4 73 62 41 50   

E-mail alain.bruhat[at]   

Phone + 33 (0)4 73 62 40 44     

E-mail valerie.carraro[at]


Chaouki Ghita

Ph.D. Student

Inflammation-induced anorexia, cell signaling, ATF4, eIF2a, Food intake


Claustre Agnes

Engineer assistant

Molecular and Cell Biology, Electroporation, Animal Experimentation, Human, Ubiquitin-Proteasome, UBE2, E3-Ligase, Muscle atrophy

E-mail ghita.chaouki[at]

Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 48 45     

E-mail agnes.claustre[at]


Combaret Lydie

Senior scientist

Muscle atrophy, Physical inactivity, Mitochondria, Autophagy, Ubiquitin-Proteasome, atrophy-induced models


Coudy Cécile

Engineer assistant

Histology, Imaging, Aging, Muscle atrophy, Pathology, Human, Animal models, Health and safety

Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 48 24   

E-mail lydie.combaret[at]   

Phone /Office +33 (0)4 73 62 42 07 /Histo lab +33 (0)4 73 62 48 68

E-mail cecile.coudy-gandilhon[at]


Cussonneau Laura

Ph.D. Student

Muscle atrophy, Atrophy-induced models, Bear hibernation, Stress signaling, Molecular and Cellular Biology

DEVAL Christiane

Deval Christiane

Research Engineer

Muscle atrophy, Counter-measures, Mitochondria, Autophagy, Molecular & Cell Biology

E-mail laura.cussonneau[at] 

Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 41 76   

E-mail christiane.deval[at] 

DOUGE Aurore

Douge Aurore

 MD in Oncology, CHU Clermont-Fd, Ph. Student

Amino acids, GCN2, ATF4, Gene regulation by nutrition, T lymphocytes, Immunotherapy

FAURE Audrey

Faure Audrey


Cell and molecular biology, Gene regulation by nutrition, Viral vectors

E-mail aurore.douge[at]

Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 44 98     

E-mail audrey.faure[at] 


Ph. Student

Brown bear hibernation, Radioresistance, Physiology, Cellular models, Molecular Biology

HENG Anne-Elisabeth

Heng Anne-Elisabeth

Pr. Nephrology, CHU Clermont-Fd

Nephrology, Kidney failure, Muscle atrophy, Proteolytic system, Biomarkers

E-mail guillaume.fourneaux[at]

Phone +33 (0)4 73 75 14 25


Céline Jousse

Scientist CNRS

Nutritional programming, Epigenetic, Methylation, Metabolic disease, Markers

LEFAI Etienne

Lefai Etienne

Senior scientist

Muscle atrophy, Bear hibernation, Physiology, Radioprotection

Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 49 39   

E-mail celine.jousse[at]    

Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 47 44   

E-mail etienne.lefai[at]  

MAURIN Anne-Catherine

Maurin Anne-Catherine


Amino acid, Stress signaling, GCN2, eIF2a, ATF4, Food intake, Anorexia, Autophagy

PAPET Isabelle

Papet Isabelle


Sulfur amino acids, Amino acid availability, Muscle wasting, Nutritional strategies, Medication and amino acid/protein homeostasis, Inter-organ relationships


Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 41 43   

E-mail anne-catherine.maurin[at]

Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 42 01     

E-mail isabelle.papet[at]    

PARRY Laurent

Parry Laurent

Engineer assistant

Molecular and cellular biology, Animal expérimentation, Integrated Stress Response, Nutritional programming, Methylation


POLGE Cécile

Polge Cécile


Ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS), E3 ligase, MuRF1, TRIM63, UBE2, Muscle atrophy


Phone+33 (0)4 73 62 47 69   

E-mail laurent.parry[at]

Phone + 33 (0)4 73 62 42 18   

E-mail cecile.polge[at]


Peris-Moreno Dulce

PhD. Student

Muscle atrophy, MuRF1, TRIM63, Ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS), Degradation, E2s, TRIMNET


Taillandier Daniel

Senior scientist

Ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS), Ubiquitin Conjugating Enzymes, E3 ligases, MuRF1/TRIM63, Muscle atrophy, Biomarkers

E-mail dulce.peris-moreno[at]       

Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 48 44   

E-mail daniel.taillandier[at]   

VITURET Cyrielle

Vituret Cyrielle


Viral vectors, Molecular and cell biology, Gene regulation by nutrition (Nutrireg), translation to gene therapy

Phone +33 (0)4 73 62 42 78   

E-mail cyrielle.vituret[at]   


  • Mélodie Malige, Technician FRM project (2018-2021)
  • Jérémy Tournayre, Identification of epigenetic markers of predisposition to obesity induced by perinatal nutritional stress (Thèse 2019). Now Engineer at INRAE.
  • Florent Mesclon, Resistance of cancer cells to amino acid deficiency (Ph.D. 2017). Now Engineer in Intelligency Business.
  • Marine Gueugneau, Human muscle alterations associated with aging and metabolic syndrome (Ph.D. 2014). Now Scientist INRAE (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
  • Laëtitia Théron, Molecular imaging of sarcopenia  (Post-Doctoral fellow 2014). Now Scientist INRAE (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
  • Yuki Muranishi, Impact of perinatal protein undernutrition on fertility in male offspring (Post Doc 2014). Now Assistant professor, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medecin (Japon)
  • Rosa Leulmi, Role of the enzyme UBE2B in the development of muscle atrophy (Thèse 2013)
  • Lamia Slimani, Mechanisms of muscle wasting during physical inactivity (Ph.D 2012). Now Professeur Assistant, Université Mohammed VI des Sciences de la Santé (Casablanca, Maroc).
  • Huijuan Wang, ge-related structural and compositional variations of mouse skeletal muscle (Ph.D. 2011). Now Engineer in Intelligency Business, Singapore
  • Justine Letienne Interaction between the 19S regulatory complex and E3 ligase Mdm2: role and mechanisms (Thèse 2010)
  • Cedric Chaveroux, Chargé de Recherche CNRS (Thèse 2009) (Centre de lutte contre le cancer Léon Berard, Lyon, France)
  • Emilie Vazeille, Mechanisms of muscle wasting during physical inactivity (Ph.D. 2008). Now Engineer, CHU Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Yoan Chérasse, Study of the molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of CHOP gene transpcription during amino acid deficiency (Ph.D. 2007). Now Scientist, Sakurai Laboratory, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Sophie Ventadour, Purification of proteasome substrates by affinity chromatography (Thèse 2006). Now Schoolteatcher
  • Isabelle Piec,  Proteomics of muscle aging in lou/c/jall rat (Ph.D. 2005). Now Senior Research Associate, Norwich Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Amina Tassa, Regulation of muscle proteolysis by amino acids (Ph.D. 2003). Now Professor, Collin County College, Texas