Institute for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, University of Bordeaux - CNRS, France
Laurent GROC is Research Director (DR1 CNRS) at the CNRS and the University of Bordeaux, head of the team Development, and deputy director of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience. His research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the maturation of glutamate synapses in physiology and neuropsychiatric conditions, such as psychosis. He received his PhD in neurosciences in 2000 from Wayne State University (Michigan, USA) and Université de Lyon (France). He then joined the Department of Physiology at the University of Goteborg (Sweden) as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate the physiology of developing synapses.
In 2004, he was appointed CNRS young investigator (CR) in Bordeaux to decrypt how excitatory synapses mature using an original combination of approaches. He received several prestigious awards, including the 2008 CNRS Young Investigator Award, 2009 Young Investigator Biology Award of the French Science Academy, 2015 Prix Foulon of the French Science Academy, 2015 Prix Dassault, and 2016 Human Frontier Science Programme Award. In 2020, he was nominated Guest Professor at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden.