PhD Thesis Prize SBCF 2017: Adel Al Jord
Since this year, the SBCF awards a yearly PhD thesis prize of 1500 €, to reward outstanding work contributing to a significant advance in the field of cell biology.
The first SBCF PhD thesis prize was awarded to Adel Al Jord for his work on the mechanisms of centriole amplification, which he published in the journals Nature in 2014 (doi: 10.1038 / nature13770) and Science in 2017 (10.1126 / science. aan8311).
Adel Al Jord did his thesis in the laboratory “Cilia Biology & Neurogenesis Laboratory” under the direction of Alice Meunier and Nathalie Spassky at the Institute of Biology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS) in Paris. He is now a postdoctoral fellow in Marie-Hélène Verlhac’s laboratory at the Collège de France.
SBCF wishes him all the best for the continuation of his career.
Abstract of Aldel Al Jord’s PhD thesis
Centriole Amplification in Brain Multiciliated Cells: High resolution spatiotemporal dynamics and identification of regulatory mechanisms
Multiciliated cells generate cilia-based fluid flows that promote vital respiratory, reproductive, and brain functions. With a combination of single-cell microscopy approaches, this PhD explored the cellular and molecular aspects of the physiological centriole amplification process associated with multiciliated cell differentiation. The findings grant new perspectives when studying cilia-related diseases and pathological centriole amplification linked to microcephaly and tumorigenesis.