Christine Petit

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Christine Petit
Born (1948-02-04) 4 February 1948 (age 66)
Laignes, France
Nationality French

Christine Petit (born 4 February 1948) is a French geneticist. She holds professorships at the Collège de France and the Pasteur Institute.[1]


Petit was born in Laignes in 1948.[2] She initially studied at the Paris teaching hospital, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital and at the Pasteur Institute. She completed two pieces of post-doctoral research at the Centre for Molecular Research in Gif-sur-Yvette and another in Basel.

Petit gained professorships at Collège de France and the Pasteur Institute[1] and is a member of the Academy of Science from 14 January 2002.[3]

Petit's reaearch has been looking successfully at the link between genes and deafness as part of her research group at INSERM "Génétique et physiologie de l’audition".[1]

Together with Karen Steel, Petit won the Royal Society Brain Prize 2012, for their pioneering work on the genetics of hearing and deafness.[4]

Prizes and honours[edit]

  • 1999 : Prix Charles-Leopold Mayer of the Academy of Sciences
  • 2004 : L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science
  • 2006 : Co-winner of the Prix Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine
  • 2007 : Grand Prix of Medical Research INSERM
  • 2012 : Co-recipient with Karen Steel of the Royal Society's Brain Prize[5]
  • Knight of the Legion of Honor
  • Officer of the National Order of Merit


  1. ^ a b c Conseil de perfectionnement, accessed October 2012
  2. ^ Christine Petit, College de France
  3. ^ Christine Petit,, accessed October 2012
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  5. ^ Christine Petit, lauréate du Brain Prize 2012, 12 May 2012, accessed October 202