Pierre Léopold


  • Research Director for the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) - Institut de Biologie Valrose (iBV)
  • Member of EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation)


  • 2011 : INSERM Research prize
  • 2010 : ERC Advanced grant
  • 2009 : French Academy of Science research prize


Pierre Léopold is a former fellow of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, St Cloud. He graduated from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and trained Drosophila developmental genetics as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

He then obtained a CNRS starting grant (ATIPE) to return to France where he created his own group. He has a current appointment at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (Institute of Biology Valrose) as a Research Director Exceptional Class for the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). Over the recent years, he has developed a research interest for the control of tissue growth using Drosophila as a model organism. His work primarily focuses on the understanding of systemic mechanisms controlling organismal growth. More recently, his laboratory has demonstrated the importance of organ-organ communications in the mechanisms of growth coordination and the determination of final organ size. Since 2008, he is a member of EMBO and was awarded the Grand Prix J. Martin of the French Academy of Science (2009), the INSERM Research prize (2011) and a 5-year ERC Advanced grant (2010). He was recently nominated member of the Academic Council of the University Cote d’Azur (UCA).