Neurodevelopmental disorders


Research center

17 rue du Fer à Moulin
75005 Paris


ED158 3C


UMR 839


speech & language
genes & cognition
social brain


Kraushar ML, Viljetic B, Wijeratne HR, Thompson K, Jiao X, Pike JW, Medvedeva V, Groszer M, Kiledjian M, Hart RP, Rasin MR. Thalamic WNT3 Secretion Spatiotemporally Regulates the Neocortical Ribosome Signature and mRNA Translation to Specify Neocortical Cell Subtypes. J Neurosci. 2015 Aug 5;35(31):10911-26.


Schreiweis C, Bornschein U, Burguière E, Kerimoglu C, Schreiter S, Dannemann M, Goyal S, Rea E, French CA, Puliyadi R, Groszer M, Fisher SE, Mundry R, Winter C, Hevers W, Pääbo S, Enard W, Graybiel AM. Humanized Foxp2 accelerates learning by enhancing transitions from declarative to procedural performance. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Sep 30;111(39):14253-8.

Ghosh T, Aprea J, Nardelli J, Engel H, Selinger C, Mombereau C, Lemonnier T, Moutkine I, Schwendimann L, Dori M, Irinopoulou T, Henrion-Caude A, Benecke AG, Arnold SJ, Gressens P, Calegari F, Groszer M. MicroRNAs establish robustness and adaptability of a critical gene network to regulate progenitor fate decisions during cortical neurogenesis. Cell Rep. 2014 Jun 26;7(6):1779-88.

Aprea J, Prenninger S, Dori M, Ghosh T, Monasor LS, Wessendorf E, Zocher S, Massalini S, Alexopoulou D, Lesche M, Dahl A, Groszer M, Hiller M, Calegari F. Transcriptome sequencing during mouse brain development identifies long non-coding RNAs functionally involved in neurogenic commitment. EMBO J. 2013 Dec 11;32(24):3145-60.

French CA, Jin X, Campbell TG, Gerfen E, Groszer M, Fisher SE, Costa RM. An aetiological Foxp2 mutation causes aberrant striatal activity and alters plasticity during skill learning. Mol Psychiatry. 2012 Nov;17(11):1077-85.


Fields of research

Neurological and psychiatric diseases

Research Theme

We study neurodevelopmental disorders with the ultimate aim to identify key molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in establishing neuronal circuits underlying social cognition and behavior. We currently focus on the study of transcription factors whose mutations lead to speech and language disorder and to microcephaly and intellectual disability.

We aim to dissect the molecular targets of these transcription factors and their roles in neuronal physiology and behavior. In order to tackle these issues, we employ state of the art complementary methods in molecular genetics, cell biology, electrophysiology and optogenetics in genetic mouse models and human iPSC-derived neurons. Eventually our research should contribute to a better understanding of complex neurodevelopmental syndromes which affect the 'social brain' such as autisms or related disorders.