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Govindan Dayanithi (Resume)


Govindan Dayanithi, born 1st July 1956, French Citizen, former citizen of India and holding Overseas Citizen of India ID, was educated in India (University of Madras; 1972-1983) as a Biologist, Zoologist, Parasitologist, Comparative Anatomy & Physiologist and Crustacean Endocrinologist with B.Sc., M.Sc (Special Zoology); and Ph.D Degree in Zoology. He was trained and served to the Ministry of Defense-India at NCC: 10 TNBN-Tamil Nadu as "Senior Under Officer” between 1973 and 1976. He came to Europe in 1983 as a French Ministry of Education Post-Doctoral Fellow (CROUS), followed by a fellow of French Medical Foundation (FRM 1985) and as a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (Germany, 1989-1990; 2002). In addition, he was appointed as “Chargé de Recherche” at the Faculty of Medicine (Centre de Neurochimie, 1987)-University of Strasbourg and Senior Research Assistant at the Department of Anatomy-University of Oxford (1987-1989) before being permanently employed by the French Ministry of Research (CNRS) as “Chargé de Recherche” (1990) and then as “Directeur de Recherche” (since 1998). In the following years, he was awarded the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship-JSPS (2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014) as well as a visiting scientist to conduct research and teaching activities in several Japanese universities and research institutions (UOEH School of Medicine-Kitakyushu; Jichii Medical School; School of Vet. Medicine-Tottori University). Simultaneously, he has been collaborating with British (Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, Brimingham) and US research institutions (Worster Foundation, UMASS Medical School-NIH. He has been teaching at the university of Madras and continuing to dedicate to his major commitments to fulfill his Ph.D program (1978-1982); and followed his teaching and research activities in several institutions in the Europe (Oxford, Ulm, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Marseille, Rouen, Strasbourg, Praha, Hradec Kralove, Usti nad Labum, Plzen). He is a multilingual person (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, French, German, Polish, Japanese, Czech..) who lived personally and scientifically in India, France, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, UK, USA and Japan. He was then appointed as ‘Charge de Mission Europeans et Internationals’ at the CNRS Delegation office in Montpellier (1998-2002); followed by a long-term scientific mission at the European Commission (Brussels; 2002-2006). He was authorized to leave on Diplomatic Scientific Mission (‘mise-a-disposition’) at the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, an EU Centre of Excellence in Prague (2008-2011). After completing this mission, he was then permitted to continue his collaborative research and teaching activities between France and Czech Republic with an appointment as the Head of the Department of Molecular Neurophysiology-AS CR. In consequence, he appertained to the duties and privileges of the Academy of the Sciences of the Czech Republic and has been awarded, for the First time for a French Scientist, the Medal in November 2016 for his scientific contributions to the ASCR. He trained over top 20 PhD students, 10 Post-Docs, several visiting scientists from all over the world, several High School, Bachelor and Master students came from several countries in the world. Further, he is currently serving as an Editorial Board member/associate Editor of the Cell Calcium, International Journal of Cell Biology, The Scientific World Journal, The IIOAB Journal and Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology/Stem Cell Research. He is a consistent and constant expert reviewer for many journals and is a multi-disciplinary expert in various EU research programs who has published more than 140 papers in various peer-reviewed journals. He prepared two Special Issues as principal Editor for CELL CALCIUM in 2012 and 2016. He published two Books (one with PhD student, 2012; and other as Co-Editor on "Neurosecretion: Secretory Mechanisms-publisher: Springer Nature in April 2020). Since April 2012, he was affiliated with INSERM Unit 710 & 1198, University of Montpellier and Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes-Sorbonne-Paris and developing a new research line on the ‘Cerebral Aging & Neurodegenerative Diseases’. His major research focuses on: i) the physiology of calcium signalling in excitable and non-excitable cells ii) stimulus-secretion-coupling at the level of neurohypophysial system & Neurosecretion, iii) physiopathology of central and peripheral vasopressin and oxytocin; iii) exocytosis, iv) calcium signalling mechanisms/homeostasis in central and peripheral nervous system tissues and v) signalling mechanisms in human embryonic stem cells of different origin and, vi)) pathophysiology of calcium signalling in stem cells (sk-DMSC & bone marrow) from non-human primate animal model (Microcebus murinus) for aging, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson disease. Recently (1 Dec 2019) he has been appointed as Professor at Research & Development Wing at the "Sri Bajlaji Medical College and Hospital to establish a Research Center of Excellence. Further, since January 2020, he is actively establishing a "Center of Neuroscience" at the SRM University of Science & Technology, Chennai-India. Administratively, He was holding many prestigious positions: i) Research Director in several French Institutions, ii) French Expert at EU Commission, iii) Chairman of EU expert panel in Neurosciences, iv) Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Signaling at EU center of Excellence, v) HOD of the Dept of Molecular Neurophysiology-Czech Academy of Sciences, vi) French Diplomat at EU Center of Excellence in Prague, vii) “Officer for European and International Affairs” at the French Ministry Research and Higher Education viii) EU and Czech Projects’ Head and Principal Investigator.


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  • C. Deleuze, M. Runquist, Hélène Orcel, Alain Rabié, G. Dayanithi, et al.. Structural difference between heteromeric somatic and homomeric axonal glycine receptors in the hypothalamo-neurohypophysial system. Neuroscience, Elsevier - International Brain Research Organization, 2005, 135, pp.475-483. ⟨10.1016/j.neuroscience.2005.05.024⟩. ⟨hal-00016952⟩