Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

UCBN abbreviation of “Université de Caen Basse-Normandie” is a multidisciplinary university with 50 Research Units and about 1 000 researchers. Among these 50 research units, 18 are joint research units affiliated to national research organisms (CNRS, INRA, INSERM, CEA and IFREMER), grouped into 3 centres of activity: (1) Bio-Imaging, Environment and Bio-vigilance, (2) Humans, memory and secure exchanges, and (3) Ions and Materials. The Laboratory of Marine Biology and Biotechnologies (LBBM) of UCBN is located in Caen and is internationally recognized for its work on reproduction, growth, nutrition and survival of marine bivalves. The work of the laboratory especially focuses particularly physiological processes in bivalves and their regulation by internal factors.


1 Tasks attributed

UCBN takes part in most of the aspects of mollusc reproduction research in the project and also participates in WP5 on the first gonadic development of seed. It is also leader of WP2, dealing with the control of reproduction and gamete quality.

2 Key persons

Pascal Sourdaine

Professor at the University of Caen, Dr Sourdaine (PhD) has been involved in research on cellular and molecular regulation of spermatogenesis in fishes and mammals, and on human molecular endocrinology for 20 years (including a two-year post-doctoral position of the ICRF, London and Edinburgh). He came to LBBM-UCBN in 2001, where he supervises research on gametogenesis and sex determinism in the oyster C. gigas and on spermatogonial stem cells in the dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula.

Christophe Lelong

Assistant Professor at the University of Caen where he has been working since 2001 as a molecular biologist, Dr Lelong (PhD) worked in research on the physiology of growth, development and reproduction of bivalve molluscs.

Joël Henry

Assistant professor at the University of Caen, Dr Henry (PhD) is involved in research on physiology and molecular biology of marine molluscs in the field of reproduction. The cuttlefish Sepia officinalis is his main model, which he has studied for 18 years including during his PhD. Focusing on egg-laying control, he has characterized many regulatory peptides from S. officinalis using biological tests and mass spectrometry, and has done similar work on the Pacific oyster C. gigas.

Anne-Sophie Martinez

Young assistant professor at the University of Caen, Dr Martinez (PhD) has been involved in research on physiology, molecular and cellular biology of marine organisms for 10 years (including a 3-year post-doctoral position in Scotland). She has worked on marine bivalves for 4 years, particularly on sex determinism in the Pacific oyster.

The team involved in the present application also includes four other skilled researchers, Dr. Pascal Favrel, Dr. Clothilde Heude and Dr. Kristell Kellner, who have international experience in physiology of growth, development and reproduction of bivalve molluscs, and Dr. Guillaume Rivière who has a strong background in molecular and cellular biology in a great variety of organisms.