Email : christophe [dot] heligon [at] univ-rennes1 [dot] fr
Phone : +33 2 23 23 51 50
Office number : 334
My journey through Science
Understanding how molecules interplay to sustain life is what brought me to study biology.
My curiosity lead to a PhD in Natural Sciences from ETH Zürich for studying the contribution of Wnt and Frizzled genes families to cell differentiation in the kidney. I then joined the University of Lausanne as a post-doctorate where I contributed to the study of nuclear receptors functions during animal organism development, cell differentiation and energy homeostasis.
At this time, my interests had slightly shifted from understanding the living to developing the technologies allowing its study. I decided to join the French Xenopus Resource Center in Rennes where I worked on developing genome-editing and bioactive compounds screening technologies and managed the scientific projects and resources of the Center. I later became director of the Center.
In 2019, following the progresses of AI technologies and computer hardware, I thought that it was finally possible to perform "real" system biology. I joined CeDRE research team at IGDR to work on heterogeneous data integration, system modelisation and knowledge extraction for CeDRE teams’ projects. In parallel, to support this new project, I enrolled in a Master 2 in Bioinformatics program.
Actual research interests
- Data and knowledge integration
- Complex systems modelisation
- de novo knowledge extraction
- Synthetic biology & life reverse engineering
- Machine learning
- Diseases and therapies