Alain Prochiantz is a former fellow of the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) and prepared his PhD at University René Diderot in Paris. He has been the head of the CNRS unit “Development and Evolution of the Nervous System” and has been chair at the Department of Biology at ENS.
Alain Prochiantz has been involved in studies on brain morphogenesis. One of the main scientific contributions of his laboratory is the discovery of a novel signaling mechanism based on the intercellular transfer of homeoprotein transcription factors and the study of the developmental and physiological functions of this pathway. Based on the analysis of how these proteins travel across biological membranes, his laboratory has identified the first transduction peptides capable of addressing pharmacological substances to the cell interior.
He is today head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology at Collège de France and Administrator of the Collège de France. He is also Member of the French Academy of Sciences and full professor at the Korean Institute for Science and Technology (South Korea).