Dr. Sonia Garel PhD
Université Paris
Paris | France

Sonia Garel is a neurobiologist. She currently heads a team at the Institut of Biology of the Ecole Normale Superieure (IBENS) in Paris and is a Professor at the College de France. Her research focuses on the mechanisms that control the assembly of cortical circuits during development, with a particular interest on the roles of microglia, interactions with the immune system and environmental signals, such as the microbiota.

After obtaining a PhD in developmental biology in Paris, she did a postdoctoral stay at UCSF and joined the IBENS, where she has headed the “Brain Development and Plasticity” team since 2008. Her work has been rewarded by several awards and recognitions including the European Young Investigator Award (EURYI), the ERC consolidation program, the Antoine Lacassagne Prize, the Grand Prize of the NRJ-Institut de France Foundation, and she is a member of the EMBO. In 2020, Sonia Garel was elected professor at the College de France on the “Neurobiology and Immunity” chair.