Brett Zografos (ER1)

Supervisor: M. Goodhardt and H. Chneiweiss
Host Institute: Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7
Nationality: American
Education: B.S. in Biomedical/Molecular Biology With a minor In Biochemistry, Bridgewater State University & Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, The University of Texas at Austin
Languages: English and French
Hobbies: Reading, running, films, cooking, and swimming

I was born in Massachusetts, USA on the 20th of November, 1984 to two amazing parents, Raymond and Donna Zografos. Though both of my parents never had the opportunity to attend college, they provided me with this prestigious opportunity. During my studies at Bridgewater State University, I engaged in scientific research and – because of this – I was invited to present my research both to members of the United States Congress, but also the Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick. After completing my studies and graduating with honors in 2007, I immediately started my Ph.D. work at The University of Texas at Austin where I worked to elucidate epigenetic factors involved in permitting plants to perceive and to remember winter cold, a process known as vernalization. After completing my degree in May 2013, I moved to Paris to start my post-­‐doctoral research under the collaborative supervision of Drs. Michele Goodhardt and Herve Chneiweiss. With their guidance, I plan to elucidate epigenetic factors underlying both glioblastoma stem cell (GSC) and hematopoetic stem cell (HSC) self-­‐ renewal and differentiation. Furthermore, my goal is to identify and to understand the changes that occur in these stem cells during aging and the effects that these changes have on the ability of GSCs and HSCs to self-­‐renew and to differentiate.