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Dr Elodie DESROZIERS is an assistant professor at Sorbonne University since September 2021. She is a principal investigator in the team “Neuroplasticity of reproductive behaviors” led by Dr Sakina Mhaouty-Kodja at the Institut de Biologie Paris Seine, Paris, France. Her research interests always focused on the effect of sex steroids on the brain in order to regulate fertility and sexual behaviours. She obtained her PhD in Life Science and Health in December 2011 from the University Francois Rabelais of Tours, France where she studied the ontogenesis of Kisspeptin neurons, important neuronal regulators of reproductive function. Then, during her first post-doctoral position in Dr Julie Bakker laboratory (2012-2015, University of Liege, Belgium), she showed a role for prepubertal progesterone signaling in the feminization of the brain. In 2015, she joined the Center for Neuroendocrinology (CNE) at the University of Otago New Zealand. First for a postdoctoral position in the A/P Rebecca Campbell laboratory (2015-2020) and then as Principal Investigator (2021-2022). Within the CNE, her research focused on the role of the brain in the most common infertility disorder in women of reproductive age worldwide: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). She showed a role for arcuate GABAergic neurons in the establishment of PCOS-like features (2015-2018). Then, she studied the role of prenatal androgen excess in sexual dysfunction in a preclinical mouse model of PCOS (2018-2021). In 2020, she was awarded an early career development grant, the Hercus Fellowship, from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. This funding was dedicated to the study of the role of microglia in fertility regulation and PCOS which will be the topic of her talk at this BSN annual meeting. Finally, since September 2021, she is an Assistant Professor in Physiology at Sorbonne University where she is pursuing her investigation on the role and effect of sex steroids signaling on glial cells within the brain associated with reproductive function and behaviors.

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