Dr. Thomas Marissal


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I completed my master degree and my phD at the Mediterranean Institute of Neurobiology (INMED, Marseille, France) from 2006 to 2012. Here, I studied the morphofunctionnal properties of distinct subpopulations of pyramidal glutamatergic cells in the CA3 region of the hippocampus, using a large array of in vitro techniques including two-photon calcium imaging, electrophysiology, immunochemistry and genetic fate-mapping. I joined Dr Christian Lüscher’s group in September 2012. Now my aim is to develop in vivo strategies allowing us to visualize the activity of mesocorticolimbic neurons in freely-moving behaving mice.

Publications :

  • Functional diversity of CA3 hippocampal glutamatergic cells stems from different temporal embryonic origins. Marissal T, Bonifazi P, Picardo M, Nardou N, Petit L, Baude A, Fishell GJ, Ben-Ari Y* and Cossart R*. In revision.

  • Onset of Pup Locomotion Coincides with Loss of NR2C/D-mediated Cortico-striatal EPSCs and Dampening of Striatal Network Immature Activity. Dehorter N, Michel F, Marissal T, Rotrou Y, Matrot B, Lopez C, Humphries MD, Hammond C. Frontiers in Cellular Neurosciences.

  • Spontaneous Glutamatergic activity induces a BDNF-dependent potentiation of GABAergic synapses in the newborn rat hippocampus. Kuczewski N, Langlois A, Fiorentino H, Bonnet S, Marissal T, Diabira D, Ferrand N, Porcher C, Gaiarsa JL. Journal of Physiology 2008 September 4 PMID: 18772203.

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