Short CV/Education and training


  • Since 2014
    Vice-dean of the Faculty of Sciences in Geneva University, Switzerland

  • Since 2009
    Associate Professor, Dept. Genetics & Evolution, Geneva University, Switzerland

  • 2005 – 2009
    Group leader position as Senior Lecturer, Dept. Zoology & Animal Biology, Geneva University, Switzerland

  • 2000 – 2005
    Group leader position as Lecturer, Dept. Zoology & Animal Biology, Geneva University, Switzerland

  • 1994 – 2000
    Group leader position as "Maître-assistante", Dept. Zoology & Animal Biology, Geneva University, Switzerland

  • 1991 – 1993
    Project leader position in Heidelberg, Zentrum für Molekular Biologie in Heidelberg (ZMBH), Germany, as Guest group of Pr. Renato Paro

  • 1989 – 1991
    Post-doctoral stage in Heidelberg, Laboratory Pr. Chica Schaller, ZMBH, Heidelberg, Germany

  • 1984 – 1989
    Doctoral stage in Life Sciences, Laboratory of Pr. Pierre Chambon, Strasbourg, France

  • 1982 – 1986
    MD "interne des hôpitaux", University Hospital Center Strasbourg, France

  • 1980 – 1982
    MD assistant in Human Embryology, University Hospital St Antoine Paris, France


  • 1990
    Ph.D. thesis in Life Sciences, University of Strasbourg, France

  • 1983
    Master in Molecular Biology, University of Strasbourg, France

  • 1982
    MD Internship, "Interne des Hôpitaux", University Hospital Center (CHU) Strasbourg, France

  • 1982
    Master in Human Biology, Medical Faculty, University Paris VI, France

  • 1981
    MD thesis, Graduate of the Faculty University Hospital St Antoine, Paris, France

  • 1973 – 1980
    Medical Studies, CHU Necker-Enfants Malades /CHU St Antoine, Paris, France

Selected publications

  • 1992. Schummer, M., Scheurlen, I., Schaller, C., Galliot, B., 1992. HOM/HOX homeobox genes are present in hydra (Chlorohydra viridissima) and are differentially expressed during regeneration. EMBO J 11, 1815-1823.

  • 1995. Galliot, B., Welschof, M., Schuckert, O., Hoffmeister, S., Schaller, H.C. The cAMP response element binding protein is involved in hydra regeneration. Development 121, 1205-1216.

  • 2000. Gauchat, D., Mazet, F., Berney, C., Schummer, M., Kreger, S., Pawlowski, J., Galliot, B. Evolution of Antp-class genes and differential expression of Hydra Hox/paraHox genes in anterior patterning. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 97, 4493-4498.

  • 2002. Galliot, B., Schmid, V. Cnidarians as a model system for understanding evolution and regeneration. Int J Dev Biol 46, 39-48.

  • 2004. Kaloulis, K., Chera, S., Hassel, M., Gauchat, D., Galliot, B. Reactivation of developmental programs: the cAMP-response element-binding protein pathway is involved in hydra head regeneration. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 101, 2363-2368.

  • 2006. Chera, S., de Rosa, R., Miljkovic-Licina, M., Dobretz, K., Ghila, L., Kaloulis, K., Galliot, B. Silencing of the hydra serine protease inhibitor Kazal1 gene mimics the human SPINK1 pancreatic phenotype. J Cell Sci 119, 846-857.

  • 2007. Miljkovic-Licina, M., Chera, S., Ghila, L., Galliot, B. Head regeneration in wild-type hydra requires de novo neurogenesis. Development 134, 1191-1201.

  • 2009. Galliot, B., Quiquand, M., Ghila, L., de Rosa, R., Miljkovic-Licina, M., Chera, S., Origins of neurogenesis, a cnidarian view. Dev Biol 332, 2-24.

  • 2009. Chera, S., Ghila, L., Dobretz, K., Wenger, Y., Bauer, C., Buzgariu, W., Martinou, J.C., Galliot, B. Apoptotic cells provide an unexpected source of Wnt3 signaling to drive hydra head regeneration. Dev Cell 17, 279-289. Faculty1000 selected.

  • 2013. Wenger, Y., Galliot, B. Punctuated emergences of genetic and phenotypic innovations in eumetazoan, bilaterian, euteleostome and hominidae ancestors. Genome Biol Evol 10.1093/gbe/evt142 – F1000Prime -

  • 2016. Wenger Y, Buzgariu W and Galliot B. Loss of neurogenesis in Hydra leads to compensatory regulation of neurogenic and neurotransmission genes in epithelial cells. Philosophical Transactions R Soc B, 370, 20150040.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • My research projects were continuously funded by the Swiss National Foundation (SNF), since 1993

  • Cellular and Developmental Plasticity in Regenerating and Aging Hydra (SNF research grant 2016-2019)

  • Hydra: New Models for Aging Research, NIH, USA, research grant as co-PI with Steve Austad, 2010 – 2015

  • Sponge signaling. Marie Curie Outgoing Long-term Fellowship, Klaske Schippers, post-doc, 2013 – 2015

  • The regulation of growth as a driving force for patterning and regeneration. Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), International Research Grant (as coordinator), 2010-2013

  • Stem Cells and Regeneration work package, NCCR Frontiers in Genetics, 2008-2010

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Membership to Scientific Societies

  • Information Processing in Cells and Tissues (IPCAT)

  • International Society of Differentiation (ISD, USA)

  • LS2 / USGEB Schweizer. Gesellschaft für Zellbiologie, Molekularbiologie und Genetik (Switzerland)

  • SET-Routes ambassador, european organisation for women in sciences

  • Société Académique de Genève (Switzerland)

  • Society for Developmental Biology (SDB, USA)

  • Swiss Stem Cell Network (SSCN, Switz. Co-founder, chair 2007 – 2009)

Editorial boards

  • Apoptosis (2010-2017)

  • BMC Developmental Biology (Section Editor for Development and Evolution)

  • Encyclopedia for Life Sciences (ELS, Wiley)

  • International Journal of Developmental Biology (Associate Editor for Europe)

Scientific committees (past 10 years)

  • AERES (France)

  • Agence Nationale de Recherche (ANR, France)

  • ATIP-Avenir (Promotion of young researchers – Inserm – France)

  • Claraz Donation – Switzerland – (2007-2017)

  • Gallway University, REMEDI Institute

  • Institute of Biology Paris-Seine

  • Marie Heim-Vögtlin Foundation (SNF program to support women in science 2001-2016)

  • Natural Sciences LERU group – LERU stands for League of European Research Universities

Media coverage

  • 2016:

    > Interview on the swiss channel RTS “Rencontre avec Brigitte Galliot” (53 minutes)

  • 2015:

    > Interview on the RTS channel CQFD program. Journalist: Bastien Confino, interview (10 min)

    > Ein leuchtender Jungbrunnen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 28.11.2015

    > Hydra genetically reprograms skin cells after losing its nerve. The Guardian, 27.11.2015

  • 2014:

    In Swiss Lakes, Scientists Search For The Source Of Immortality

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  • 2012:

    EMBO Rep (2012) Repair or regenerate – how can we tip the balance? by Wood and Eming.

    Development (2012) Toward a blueprint of regeneration. by Nachtrab and Poss.

    J Cell Biology (2012) The cell biology of regeneration. by King and Newmark.

  • 2010:

    Science Signaling. (2010) Apoptosis, stem cells and regeneration. 3; r8 by Bergmann and Steller.

  • 2009:


Additional qualifications

  • 35 participations in international scientific conferences as speaker, 3 organizations of scientific meetings, 2008 – 2013

  • 21 Seminars / Invited Lectures (Chile, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Uruguay, USA), 2008 – 2013

  • Scientific Committees, Editorial Boards & Scientific reviewing

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, four children (adult)


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