PhD - MCF UPS-UT3
Valerie Planat-Benard is an Associate Pr. At the Universty Paul Sabatier of Toulouse and co-director of Team 4 GOT-IT « Guided Organization of Tissue for Innovative Therapeutics » of the Restore Institute since January 1, 2021.
Valerie joined Pr. Louis Casteilla’s team after spending 4 years at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla (CA, USA) in the group of Dr. Gary M. Bokoch. Her work on monomeric GTPases has led to new approaches to study their activation (pull-down assay, FRET) and to a better understanding of their involvement in various biological situations such as inflammation and cancer. Since 2000, her work has contributed to a better understanding and to defining the function of mesenchymal stromal cells, particularly from adipose tissue (ASCs), and to develop ASCs-based cell therapy approaches. Her work therefore addresses cognitive as well as translational science issues with a significant investment in R&D and regulatory aspects to bring projects from proof of concept to clinical application.