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Prof. Govindan Dayanithi

Prof. Govindan Dayanithi
CNRS Research Director & Professor
Dept. Brain aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases
University of Montpellier

Biography :

Govindan Dayanithi, born 1st July 1956, was educated in India (The University of Madras; 1972-1983) as a Biologist, Zoologist, Parasitologist (Experimental parasitology: Fasciolosis and Echinococcosis, Epidemiologist; Comparative Anatomy & Physiologist and Crustacean Endocrinologist. He came to Europe in 1983 as a French Ministry of Education Post-Doctoral Fellow (CROUS), followed by a fellow of French Medical Foundation (FRM-France, 1985) and a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (Germany, 1987-1990). In addition, he was appointed as “Chargé de Recherche” at the Faculty of Medicine (Centre de Neurochimie, 1987)-University of Strasbourg and as Senior Research Assistant at the Department of Anatomy-University of Oxford (1987-1989) before being permanently employed by the French Ministry of Research (CNRS) as “Chargé de Recherche-CR1” (1990) and then promoted as “Directeur de Recherche” (since 1997). In the following years, he was awarded the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship (2004, 2008, 2011, 2014) to conduct research and teaching activities in several Japanese universities and research institutions (Kitakyushu, Kyoto, Jichi, Sapporo, Osaka). Simultaneously, he has been collaborating with British (Oxford, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham (since 1997) and US research institutions (Worster Foundation, UMASS Medical School, NIH (since 1987). He has been teaching at the university of Madras and continuing to dedicate to his major commitments to fulfill his Ph.D program (1978-1982); and followed his teaching and research activities in several institutions (Oxford, Ulm, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Marseille, Rouen, Strasbourg, Prague, Plzen, Hradec Kralove, Usti nad Labum). He is a multi-lingual person who lived personally and scientifically in India, France, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, UK, USA and Japan. He was then appointed as ‘Charge de Mission Europennes et Internationales’ at the CNRS Delegation office in Montpellier (1999-2002) followed by a long-term scientific mission as ‘French scientific expert’ at the European Commission (Brussels; 2002-2006), and then was authorized to continue his scientific mission at the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, an EU Centre of Excellence in Prague (2008-2011). He was then permitted to continue his collaborative research and teaching activities between France, Czech Republic, UK, Japan and USA. Since April 2012, he has been appointed at the INSERM unit 170 followed by U1198 at the University of Montpellier and at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes-Sorbonne. During this period, he has been authorized to conduct research on ‘special Mission’ at foreign institutions. Recently, since October 2016, he has been also appointed as Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Charles University at Plzen-CZ. Further, he serves as an Editorial Board member/associate Editor of the Cell Calcium, International Journal of Cell Biology, The Scientific World Journal, The IIOAB Journal and Frontiers in Stem Cell Research. He is a consistent and constant expert reviewer for many journals; and is a multi-disciplinary expert in various EU research programs who has published more than 125 papers in various peer-reviewed journals. He wrote one book with his PhD student and currently editing another Master Class in Neuroendocrinology Series. Book title: “Neurosecretion: Secretory Mechanisms; Publisher: Springer NATURE ); which is due in January 2018. His major research focus on i) the physiology of calcium signalling in excitable and non-excitable cells ii) stimulus-secretion-coupling at the level of neurohypophysial system, iii) physiopathology of central and peripheral vasopressin and oxytocin; iii) exocytosis, iv) calcium signalling mechanisms/homeostasis in central and peripheral nervous system tissues and v) ion channels and receptors and calcium signalling signalling mechanisms Stem Cell of different origin and different experimental conditions and, vi)) pathophysiology of calcium signalling in stem cells (sk-DMSC & bone marrow) from non-human primate animal model (Microcebus murinus) for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson disease.

Research Interest :

1) Stimulus-secretion-coupling 2) Molecular physiology of calcium signalling in the CNS and PNS neurons 4) The physiology of vasopressin and oxytocin signalling in nociception, pregnancy and lactation 5) The physiology of calcium signalling in human embryonic stem cell-derived neuronal precursors 6) Calcium imaging and neuron-glia interactions in neurodegerative diseases (ALS and AD)