Cedric Bardy, PhD
Laboratory of Genetics - Fred H Gage
The Salk Institute for Biological Research
Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
San Diego, California - USA
Marie Curie FP7 International Fellow 2011-2015
There is no need to be a scientist to be amazed how powerful the human brain may be. The way it lets us learn, perceive or feel is simply fascinating.
I like to see the brain as a complex network of wires. Any thought or action our brain performs is achieved through orchestrated biological mechanisms which aim to modulate the electrical and chemical information travelling in different areas of our brain.
Despite its remarkable plasticity, the brain itself sometimes fails to compensate some genetic defects and/or to adapt to some external trauma. Neurological disorders such as Parkinson and Alzheimer can be devastating. A better understanding of the biology of the human brain as well as the pathophysiology of neurological disorders is desperately needed to find new therapies for patients.
The Gage Lab at the Salk Institute and Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine is providing one of the best research environments in the world to study those issues. The broad scientific expertise of people here allows me to try to tackle those problems from an innovative multidisciplinary approach. My current efforts are focused on developing new strategies to understand the dysfunctions of neurons from patients affected by neurological disorders.
Transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms of cellular reprogramming to induced pluripotency