Christine Petit

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Christine Petit
Born (1948-02-04) 4 February 1948 (age 69)
Laignes, France
Nationality French
Occupation Geneticist
Employer Professor, Collège de France and the Pasteur Institute
Awards Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine (2006)

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 holds professorships at Collège de France and the Pasteur Institute.[1] She has a member of the Academy of Science since 14 January 2002.[3]

Petit's research has explored the link between genes and deafness, with 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]
  • 2016: Foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences[6]
  • Knight of the Legion of Honour
  • Officer of the National Order of Merit


  1. ^ a b c "ESPCI ParisTech : Conseil de perfectionnement". Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Biographie - Christine Petit - Génétique et physiologie cellulaire - Collège de France". Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Christine Petit - Les membres de l'Académie des Sciences". January 14, 2002. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Royal Society Fellow awarded the € 1 million Brain Prize 2012". The Royal Society. 12 March 2012. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Christine Petit, lauréate du Brain Prize 2012". (in French). Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  6. ^ National Academy of Sciences Members and Foreign Associates Elected, News from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, May 3, 2016, retrieved 2016-05-14 .