Shahragim Tajbakhsh - Curriculum Vitae#

  • 1985-1988 Doctor of Philosophy in Biology. Carleton University
    Dept. of Biology and National Research Council of Canada (Dr. V. L. Seligy).
    Thesis: Isolation and Characterization of the Tipula Iridescent Virus Capsid Gene.
  • 1979-1983 Bachelor of Science in Biology, First Class Honours. Carleton University
    Thesis: Studies on the Genome of Tipula Iridescent Virus
  • 2001 "Habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR)". Paris XI Orsay, 2001
  • 2001 Chef de Laboratoire, Institut Pasteur
  • 2010 Professor, Institut Pasteur
  • 2012 Head of Department, Institut Pasteur


Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, UK; Istituto Pasteur-Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti; Italian Ministry for Education University and Research (MIUR); Welcome Trust, UK; CNRS, France; INSERM, France


Stem Cells; Experimental Cell Research; Development Advisory Board; Nature Publications Regenerative Medicine

Shahragim Tajbakhsh obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biology from Carleton University in Canada (1988) working on the molecular biology of viruses. He then moved to the Pasteur Institute for postdoctoral work on skeletal myogenesis and genetically modified mice. He initiated an independent group in 2001 called "Stem Cells & Development" where he has been interested in how stem cells establish and regenerate organs and tissues, with a particular focus on skeletal muscle.

The research of Prof. Tajbakhsh continues to focus on identifying and characterising skeletal muscle stem cells. The aim of his laboratory is to characterise stem cells and their daughters during embryonic and postnatal development of skeletal muscle to understand how this tissue is established, and how it regenerates during disease, and after injury. They are examining the genetic networks that regulate myogenic stem cell emergence, and relating this to how cell order is established in this lineage. They are also investigating how stem and progenitor cells self-renew, essentially via symmetric vs. asymmetric cell divisions, and how the stem cell niche is defined.

Prof. Tajbakhsh is currently Head of the Dept. of Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, Vice-Director of the CNRS Unit URA2578 and Director of a "Laboratory of Excellence" Consortium, REVIVE, regrouping leading labs working on stem cells (2011-2019). Prof. Tajbakhsh is member of the scientific councils of the Assiciation Française contre les myopathies and the Fondation Générale de Santé. He is also President of the Commission "Fundamental Myology" of the AFM and has participated in a number of EU consortia (FP6, EuroStemCell; FP7, EuroSyStem, Optistem, NotchIT).

  • 2015 - present Pluristem FP7 EU scientific advisory board
  • 2011 - present Scientific Council Fondation Générale de Santé
  • 2009-present Scientific Council Association Française contre les myopathies
  • 2009-present President Commission "Fundamental Myology" AFM
  • 2002-2009 AFM commission
  • 2004-present Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, London UK

SOCIETIES: SFBD – Société Française de Biologie du Développement, ISSCR

JOURNAL REFEREES: ex. Developmental Cell, Development, Developmental Biology, J. Cell Science, EMBO J, Stem Cells, Molecular & Cellular Biology, J. Cell Biology, PloS Genetics, Genes & Development, Cell Stem Cell, Science, Nature Cell Biology.

CONFERENCE ORGANISER: 6 International Conferences including: Bio-Imaging Symposium; Pasteur Institute. 04/2010; EMBO Stem Cell Conference, 04/2011, Institut Pasteur.

STUDENT SUPERVISIONS (from 1996): PhD (9), Masters (9)


2001-2015: > 275 invited speaker + student courses. Seminars/Conferences.
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