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My Story

Born in 1988, I got my Bachelor degree  in 2009, at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris (France) which is now called Sorbone University. 

I then joined an international master program at UPMC on Integrative Biology and Physiology with a speciality on marine organisms. I traveled and studied in different marine stations in France (Oceanological observatory in Banyuls sur Mer and biologic station in Roscoff). I also spent 6 months in Santiago (Chile) and 2 months in Barcelona (Spain) where I studied at the Pontificia Universidad Catholica de Chile (PUC) and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). After 2 years, in 2011, I received two master degrees: one from UPMC and one from PUC.

I continued with a PhD in Neurosciences at the Center of the National Research (CNRS) in Gif sur Yvette (France) in the laboratory of Prof. Philippe Vernier, under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Pasqualini and Dr. Sylvie Dufour, and with the support from Dr Key Yamamoto and Dr Pierre Affaticati.

In 2015, I moved to Oslo (Norway) in the laboratory of Prof. Finn-Arne Weltzien for a postdoc at the Norwegian university of Life Sciences (NMBU). In 2019, I became the leader (temporary position) of this research group which contained 8-10 members.

Since 2022, I am hired in a permanent position as a senior engineer. I am now the manager of the salmon fish facility for infection at the veterinary school in NMBU and continue my research on the neuroendocrine plasticity and fish reproduction using model fish.

Romain Fontaine Neuroendocrinologist researcher at NMBU



12/2014: PhD in Neurosciences
Title of the thesis: The dopamine system inhibiting the gonadotrope function in zebrafish. Supervised by Dr Catherine Pasqualini
Centre National de la recherche Scientific in Gif sur Yvette (France) 

2011: MSc in Biology and Physiology 
Valedictorian; Title of the thesis: Study the of dopaminergic inhibitory control on reproduction in zebrafish.
Co-supervised by Dr Sylvie Dufour and Dr Catherine Pasqualini
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie – Muséum National d’histoires naturelles – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris (France)
2011: MSc in Animal Production
Title of the thesis: Study of the effects from UV light on mortality, mobility and metabolism in marine invertebrate larvæ.
Supervised by Dr Myriam Fernandez
Faculdad Agronomia of Pontificia Universidad Catholica in Santiago (Chile)
2009: BSc in Sciences and Technology 
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris (France)