Patrick Charnay (France) is Professor Emeritus of Developmental Biology at the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) in Paris and has a longstanding interest in the regulation of gene expression in vertebrates. After an initial training in mathematics and physics at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, he obtained his PhD at the Pasteur Institute on the analysis of the genome of the hepatitis B virus. As a postdoc at Harvard University, he worked on globin gene regulation. In 1984, he moved as a group leader to the EMBL, where he initiated his work on vertebrate hindbrain early patterning. Since 1989 he has been working in the Department of Biology of the ENS, pursuing his studies on brain patterning and investigating additional fields, including peripheral nervous system development and neural stem cells.
Patrick Charnay is a member of EMBO, has directed the Department of Biology of the ENS and has participated to many research administration committees.