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VFC Science Voices from Home: France

Special Event: Informational Session

Oct 27, 2020

This event is recommended for: Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

Interested in career opportunities abroad? Ever thought about getting a research position in France after your postdoc at the NIH? Ever wondered how to search for a job opportunity in France? Here is a chance to get some answers and advice from NIH Alumnae Jerome E. Roger, Francisco Palma-Cerda and Philippe Arhets, Director of the Inserm-USA office. The NIH Visiting Fellows' Committee and OITE are hosting this Information Session.

To attend via webinar, please register using the following link: 

Dr. Gerome Roger obtained his PhD in molecular biology at Paris-Sud university. During his postdoc at NEI (2008 - 2014), he worked on receptor homeostasis in Dr. Swaroop lab. In 2014, he joined the CERTO (Centre d’Etudes et de recherches therapeutiques en ophtalmologie) in Orsay. His current research aims at Identifying and understanding the molecular mechanisms of neuroprotection necessary for the preservation of photoreceptors.

Dr. Francisco Palma-Cerda obtained his PhD in molcular neurophysiology in a combined program of the NIH and the Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile. After a postdoc in France (2009 - 2013), he worked as a research fellow in the Molecular Neurophysiology UNit at the NIH (2013 - 2017) and just finished a two year postdoctoral position at the Université Paris Decartes at the SPPIN-Saints-Péres Paris Institute for the Neurosciences-CNRS.

Dr. Philippe Arhets, Director Inserm USA-Canada office Washington DC
PHILIPPE ARHETS holds both a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University Paris-Sud, Orsay and a postgraduate degree in international and European affairs from the IAE Paris - Sorbonne University.

He began his career in European affairs in 1997 as a project officer in the European Division of the International Affairs Department of the Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris (APHP); in 2002, he was appointed head of the European Affairs service of APHP.

He joined Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) in 2005 as deputy director of the Department of Regional and European Policy, specifically in charge of the European division. In February 2010, he was appointed director of international affairs at Inserm with the mandate of defining a new international policy and its operational modalities.

On September 1, 2014, he left Inserm following his appointment as Counselor of Science and Technology at the French Embassy in India for 3 years.

Returning to Inserm in Sept. 2017, he was offered the opportunity to take over the direction of the Inserm-USA/Canada office based at the French Embassy in Washington, DC where he has been since June 2018.