The Neuroscience Graduate School offers a mentoring program aimed at providing students with the support to elaborate their academic and future professional paths, to develop their scientific skills and to initiate the creation of a professional network. 

Each student is associated with a researcher, the mentor, who works in one of the research laboratories affiliated to the School. The mentoring program includes monthly meetings that allow building a trusting and rewarding relationship between the student and his/her mentor.

We are always looking for enthusiastic researchers (permanent staff and post-docs), who are willing to become mentors for this program.

Contact person : Prof. Anne Didier, email: mentoring.neurograduate [at]


Deadline : 16/11/2023 


Description of the call and application instructions :  call-instructions
Researchers participating to the School’s mentoring program

Céline AMIEZ
My research aims at identifying the anatomo-functional organization of cerebral networks involved in high-order cognitive functions and its evolution in the primate order using neuroimaging techniques. web-link

Bertrand BEFFARA
I am a french PhD in cognitive science and current post-doctoral researcher in social psychophysiology. I am interested in understanding the multi-scale biological mechanisms underlying psychological phenomena and the link between low- (e.g. attention) to high- (e.g. social cognition) level cognitive functions. I am also co-developing initiatives (e.g. aiming to investigate epistemological, methodological, ethical and integrity problems in science

My group studies the neural bases of attention, peripersonal space and multisensory integration in humans and non-human primates using fMRI, EEG and intracortical recordings. We also implement real-time neurofeedback application to enhance cognition and develop cognitive brain machine interfaces

My group studies the neural mechanisms behind motor control and decision-making in adults and infants using MEG, EEG, computational modeling, electrophysiology, and MRI. We are currently focused on the role of beta activity in motor planning and learning, developing techniques to non-invasively interrogate neural activity in different cortical laminae using MEG, and non-invasive decoding of motor imagery for brain-computer-interfaces

My research aims at understanding the role of neuronal rhythmical fluctuations and more complex dynamics in implementing local computations and in setting up the communication in brain networks during active sensory perception independently of the modality. In the group, we use a combination of neuroimaging/stimulation techniques, in particular high resolution (laminar) Magnetoencephalography (MEG), laminar fMRI and EEG combined, transcranial alternative current stimulation (tACS). We also analyze monkey electrophysiological data obtained through collaborations. Finally, we have recently started to use computational modeling as well as spiking neural networks

Study of physiopathological mechanisms of genetic diseases. Modelling of human genetic diseases in vitro, in iPSC-derived models and in vivo, in zebrafish. Understanding the role of minor splicing in neurodevelopment, and more particularly how its deficiency leads to microcephaly. Understanding the role of centrosome/primary cilium in neurodevelopment. (future interest) Understanding the role of neuronal activity in neurodevelopment. (future interest) Understanding the role of minor splicing in neuronal plasticity

Research on chronobiological mechanisms: 1) how light entrains retinal and central clocks and determines the molecular mechanisms and the photoreceptors involved in this response during development and in the adult; 2) Neurobiological mechanisms of light in depression. The possible beneficial or deleterious effects of light and the role of melanopsin in mediating this effect will be assess. ORCID

Alessandro FARNE
Action, perception and multisensory integration. ORCID

Valentin GUIGON
As a postdoctoral researcher in Cognitive Neurosciences within J.C. Dreher’s team, I study the behaviors and underlying neurocomputations of individuals’ beliefs and decisions in social contexts. My thesis works particularly focused on the processes of forming preferences or inferring others’ preferences for information. Besides decision-making processes, my main interests revolve around designing behavioral paradigms, modelling complex behaviors and the many bridges between scientific fields. You can also find me in movie theaters

My research aims at understanding how we perceive and adapt to the world around us with a focus on social stimuli such as faces. Part of my work is centered on how visual attention, a function at the heart of cognition, allows us to select certain relevant visual information from the environment. Another part of my work focuses on the neural coding of face perception, the influence of facial emotional expressions and their physical proximity. ORCID

Audrey HAY
My scientific interest is to understand the neural mechanisms, at the level of neural networks, that govern the coordination of oscillations during sleep. I am working on mice, using electrophysiology and calcium imaging. For the moment I investigate physiological conditions, but the plan to also look at what happens during physiological and pathological aging

Main interests : cognitive development, infant cognition, language, reasoning and consciousness

Yujie HOU
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher with the ‘Building the Cerebral Cortex – Connectomics’ team at Stem-cell and Brain Research Institute. My research interest lies in studying the cortical connectome to further understand the structural basis of brain function. I have been specifically focusing on the impact of retinotopic subdivisions of visual areas on shaping the cortical connectome in visually centered non-human primates. I’m also constructing a dense macaque cortical connectome, which involves mapping the connectivity data obtained from retrograde tracers onto cortical surfaces reconstructed from MRI. This approach enables comparisons with various other modalities, including functional MRI (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG)

My current scientific interests comprise alternative splicing in cortical neurons and the impact of this process during normal and pathological neurodevelopment. In a broader view, I am interested in how subcellular compartments in various cell types in the brain steer neurodevelopment. During my Ph.D., I have worked on mitochondria and calcium in the context of blood cancers, so I have a good view on some aspects of research outside neurobiology as well

Leonie KOBAN
Research interests: Social influences on emotion, behavior, and health; Dietary and health-related decision-making; Conceptual processes, learning, and expectation effects; Mind-body-interactions; Brain imaging (fMRI) and machine-learning approaches

Quentin MOREAU
Postdoctoral researcher in Neuroscience at the Decision, Action, and Neural Computation (DANC) lab led by Dr. James Bonaiuto, Institut des Sciences Cognitives (ISC)

My main research interest is to develop computational methods using machine learning, image and signal processing, and other data analysis tools to understand better neurodegenerative diseases and improve diagnosis. My current project consists in automatically detecting events in neural recordings of epilepsy patients

We study how the ensemble function of cognitive processes and cortical networks gives rise to high-level cognitive processes, such as object and action recognition, social cognition, language,  reasoning and consciousness. We characterize human cognition in its developmental, computational and neural aspects, by studying infants from 3 months, children and adults, and the differences between human populations (neurotypical versus autism) and across species (humans versus monkeys), using a variety of methodologies ranging from psychophysics and behavioral tests, to eye-tracking, EEG, neurostimulation (TMS) and functional MRI

My research interests (clinic & preclinic) are primarily about the role of the Basal Ganglia in neuropsy-disorders

Christelle PEYRON
Main research areas: sleep, animal research, development of animal model of sleep disorders, narcolepsy. Technical approaches: EEG/EMG, neuronal circuits, neuroanatomy, multi-units recordings and transcriptomics

Véronique SCAMBATO
Pathophysiology of motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, combining a clinical approach in patients and a preclinical approach in animals

My research interests: molecular genetics, cellular neurobiology, metabolism, glial cells, circadian rhythms, sleep/wake. web-link

How do we go from two pounds of brain to thought, emotion, memories, decisions and actions ? Everyday we know a little more about synapses, neurons, neural circuits development, but in spite of that, we still don’t know how to put the pieces together in the right way to form a simple model. I have always been interested in the field of mental disorders (anxiety, stress, depression, and autism). I work with techniques such as opto- and chemo-genetics to manipulate selective cells and circuits, which use light and chemicals to respectively toggle neural activity and behavior in rodents. I also use light-sheet 3D imaging to map neural maturation during early brain development. Another interest of mine is the emerging field of participatory research, and one of my projects is to connect researchers with autistic community members interested in shaping autism research. web-link

My research focuses on understanding how motor control on the information flow and sensory processing operates at the level of the thalamus. To this end, I use the anatomically well-defined mouse somatosensory system as a model. My projects take advantages of state-of-art electrophysiological methods combined with optogenetics and virus technologies in head-fixed mice. web-link

My research aims to explore the neural substrate of human consciousness, including the sense of agency (feeling the agent of our own actions), visual awareness (subjective sensation of perceiving) and spontaneous thoughts. For this, we use a combination of techniques including psychophysics, interviews, electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) and brain stimulation

Working at the Stem-cell & Brain Research Institute (SBRI) in the team Building the Cerebral Cortex (dir. Dehay/Kennedy, group Connectomics Kennedy/Knoblauch), we investigate information processing in cortical networks underlying visual perception and both human and non-human primates (NHP). My research projects aim to provide a detailed cellular and laminar description of the neuronal properties of the distinct interareal feedforward and feedback pathways and to characterize their functional role in hierarchical processing for the transmission of sensory and cognitive information. web-link

Charlie WILSON
Research areas: Cortical neurophysiology in monkeys; learning and memory; executive functions; motivation, links with pathology including Parkinson’s disease. ORCID and web-link

I’m a postdoc working with Dr James Bonaiuto at the Decision, Action, and Neural Computation (DANC) lab, part of Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod in Lyon. My current research directions are mainly in the neuroimaging processing methods and motor control behaviors. web-link