Christine Petit

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Christine Petit
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Born (1948-02-04) 4 February 1948 (age 71)
Laignes, France
EmployerProfessor, Collège de France and the Pasteur Institute
AwardsLouis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine (2006)[1]
Kavli Prize in Neuroscience (2018)

Christine Petit (born 4 February 1948) is a French geneticist. She holds professorships at the Collège de France and the Pasteur Institute.[2]


Petit was born in Laignes in 1948.[3] 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.[2] She has a member of the Academy of Science since 14 January 2002.[4]

Petit's research has explored the link between genes and deafness, with her research group at INSERM "Génétique et physiologie de l’audition".[2] She is one of the pioneers of auditory genetics.

Together with Karen Steel, Petit won the Royal Society Brain Prize 2012, for their pioneering work on the genetics of hearing and deafness.[5]

Prizes and honours[edit]


  1. ^ Louis-Jeantet Prize
  2. ^ a b c "ESPCI ParisTech : Conseil de perfectionnement". Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  3. ^ "Biographie - Christine Petit - Génétique et physiologie cellulaire - Collège de France". Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  4. ^ "Christine Petit - Les membres de l'Académie des Sciences". January 14, 2002. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ Louis-Jeantet Prize
  7. ^ "Christine Petit, lauréate du Brain Prize 2012". (in French). Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  8. ^ 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.