SPPIN - Saints-Pères Paris Institute for the Neurosciences - CNRS UMR 8003
Université Paris Cité
F-75006 Paris

Dr. Nicolas Panayotis

Research Scientist, PI, CNRS
Team 7 – Molecular Biology of Neuronal Transport

nicolas.panayotis@-Code to remove to avoid SPAM-u-paris.fr
+33 1 70 64 99 19, room 626


Nicolas Panayotis carried out his Ph.D. at Aix-Marseille University under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Christophe Roux (Marseille Medical Genetics Laboratory, Inserm), focusing on the MeCP2-deficient mouse model of Rett Syndrome. His work unveiled disruptions in bioaminergic and BDNFergic systems in the MeCP2 knockout mice and led preclinical developments. He then joined the laboratory of Prof. Mike Fainzilber at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. There, he uncovered specific roles for nuclear transport factors importins in CNS and PNS functions and identified new molecular targets and pathways for the study and amelioration of MeCP2-related neurodevelopmental disorders.

Professional Experience

  • SPPIN, CNRS, Université Paris Cité, Current
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, Senior Intern, 2017-2022
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, Post-doctoral fellow, 2012-2017
  • Marseille Medical Genetics, Aix-Marseille University, Inserm, 2008-2011


  • Feinberg Graduate School, Weizmann Institute of Science, FGS Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Postdoctoral Research, 2018
  • Feinberg Graduate School, Weizmann Institute of Science, Koshland Senior Post Doctoral Fellowship, 2015-2017
  • Jerome Lejeune Foundation Young Researcher Prize, 2011
  • Ph.D. supported by the Inserm-Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Fellowship, 2008-2011

Recent Publications