Dr Alexandre Bonnin is Associate Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience in the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. His research explores maternal-fetal interactions contribution to shaping fetal brain development during pregnancy. In particular, he focuses on identifying new molecular pathways by which prenatal events influence the onset of mental diseases in the adult offspring. These efforts will provide new directions to study the developmental origin of mental health-related disorders in humans.
Dr Bonnin received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Paris and the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in developmental neurobiology at the University of California Irvine and later at Vanderbilt University (USA) before joining the University of Southern California as an assistant professor in 2011. Dr Bonnin was awarded grants from the NIMH, US Department of Defense and several Young Investigator Awards by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and was the recipient of a 2011 Daniel X. Freedman Award for outstanding basic research achievement.