601 CNRS researchers have obtained a European Research Council (ERC) grant since 2007. This enables them to conduct exploratory research of their choice over a five-year period - all of which in exceptional conditions!

Susana Coelho
Roscoff
Life Sciences
Starting
Grant
Project
Origin and evolution of the sexes and reproductive systems: novel insights from a distant eukaryotic lineage
Panel
Evolutionary, Population and Environmental Biology (LS8)
Year
2014
Labo
Laboratoire de Biologie intégrative des modèles marins
Institute
Institute of Biological Sciences
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“If there were no limits to your research, what would you do?”
When I first thought about applying for an ERC grant, I convinced myself that regardless of the outcome of the application, submitting a proposal would be an intellectually stimulating exercise. The fact that you can focus on an outstanding question without having to worry about how much it will cost was a truly remarkable experience! I decided to tackle a very old scientific issue (the origin and evolution of sex chromosomes) from a different perspective, using a group of organisms that are neither plants nor animals, namely brown algae. These organisms are highly interesting to study sex determination, but remain largely under-explored in terms of genomes. The experiments involved the sequencing of multiple algal genomes, which required sophisticated, costly techniques that only an ERC grant could cover. I was also grateful that the ERC took into account the fact that I have three children, and gave me an extended deadline to submit my application for a Starting Grant.

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