Armelle Rancillac is a neuroscientist based in Paris, at the Collège de France. She earned her PhD in Neuroscience in 2003 at Paris VI University, while working on synaptic plasticity, using patch-clamp recordings on cerebellar slices. Then, as a postdoctoral fellow at the ESPCI ParisTech, she studied the neurovascular coupling mechanisms in the cerebellum.
In 2006, she got a permanent researcher position at the Inserm institute. Combining patch-clamp, RT-PCR, infrared videomicroscopy and Neurolucida reconstructions, she characterised the roles of different interneuron subpopulations in the neurovascular coupling of the mouse somatosensory cortex. She also aimed to decipher which and how factors can modulate the activity of the sleep-promoting neurons in the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus (VLPO), the main brain structure triggering non-REM sleep.
Currently, she works at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology (CIRB) on neuroglial interactions in cerebral physiopathology. You can follow her on Twitter @
Published: 26 October 2016