Aminata Touré, PI

PhD, Research Director (CNRS) – Grenoble Alpes University, Institute for Advanced Biosciences

Aminata Touré was born in Paris and obtained her PhD in 2000 under the supervision of Dr Gérard Gacon (University Paris Descartes, France), identifying and characterizing novel proteins involved in Rho GTPases signaling pathways and expressed in human and mouse spermatogenic cells.

Following her PhD, she joined the laboratory of Dr Paul Burgoyne & Dr Robin Lovell-Badge at the National Institute for Medical Research in London (MRC, London, UK) to work on the characterization of multi-copy gene families located on the mouse Y chromosome. Her work was pioneer in demonstrating that the Y long arm chromosome encode for proteins that are essential for mouse spermiogenesis and fertility. ​

In 2004, she was recruited at the Institut Cochin (Paris, France) as a CNRS research fellow (CR2) to develop her program in the field of ion channels and sperm physiology. From then, she has been using cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and mouse genetics to define the molecular mechanisms associated with sperm motility and fertilization potential. In particular, her work highlighted the role of SLC26 and CFTR anion channels in sperm motility and capacitation. In 2013, she was promoted CNRS Research Director (DR2) and extended her research program to the genetics and pathophysiology of male infertility mainly due to asthenozoospermia.

In 2020, she joined the Institute for Advanced Biosciences (Grenoble, France) where she is now leading the team “Physiology and Physiopathology of Sperm Cells” and piloting novel research programs in the field of sperm signaling and metabolic pathways.

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