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Jean-Luc Mougeot

Jean-Luc Mougeot, PhDJean-Luc Mougeot, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Stem Cell Research/
Computational Biology Group
Carolinas Neuromuscular/ALS Research Laboratory,
Department of Neurology
Adjunct Graduate Faculty, Department of Biology,
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Prior Positions and Experience

2004-Present Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Carolinas Medical Center
2004-Present Member, Institutional Research Review Committee (RRC),
Carolinas Medical Center
2002-2005 Senior Scientist / Director and Consultant, Molecular Biology Research, Cannon Research Center, Carolinas Medical Center
2000-2002 Senior Research Scientist / Group Leader Protein Expression Group, Drug Discovery, Decode Genetics, Inc. (Reykjavik, Iceland)
1998-2000 Research Scientist, AIDS-program, MRC/LMB (Cambridge, U.K.)
1997-1998 Consultant Biotech Marketing, member of the CENTRE-Center for European Management (Colmar, France)
1995-1997 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Molecular and Cellular Virology, EMBO, Friedrich Miescher-Institute (Basle, Switzerland)


PhD: 1995, University Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg, France)
MS: 1991, University Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg, France)
BS: 1989, University Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg, France)

Research Interests

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a lethal progressive, neurological disorder affecting motor neurons. To find new therapies for ALS, Dr. Mougeot is developing in vitro cellular models for high-throughput screening (HTS) of small compounds, small interfering ribonucleic acid (siRNA) and monoclonal antibody libraries. Dr. Mougeot is using the mouse embryonic stem cell line HBG3 to produce GFP-expressing motor neurons. These motor neurons will be used to establish in vitro motor neuron / muscle cell cultures to conduct HTS assays and assays designed to better understand mechanism of cell death occurring early and late in the disease. Currently, early diagnosis of ALS provides the best hope of delaying disease progression with appropriate therapy and improving the quality of life in a timely manner. Dr. Mougeot is currently implementing validation studies following the determination of gene expression profiles inlymphocytes from patients with definite ALS compared to healthy controls. Potential biomarkers will subsequently be confirmed in the sera of ALS patients or studied for their relation with ALS pathogenesis using cell based assays.

Recent Publications

Napeñas JJ, Brennan MT, Coleman S, Kent ML, Noll J, Frenette G, Nussbaum ML, Mougeot JL, Paster BJ, Lockhart PB, Bahrani-Mougeot FK. Molecular methodology to assess the impact of cancer chemotherapy on the oral bacterial flora: a pilot study. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2010; 109: 554-560. [PMID: 20303053]

Mougeot JL, Milazi-Richardson S and Brooks BR. Whole-genome association studies of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: are retroelements involved? Trends Mol Med 2009;15:148-158. [PMID: 19332388]

Hemendinger RA, Armstrong III EJ, Persinski R, Todd J, Mougeot JL, Panov A, Volvovitz F and Rosenfeld J. Huperzine A provides neuroprotection against several cell death inducers using in vitro model systems of motor neuron cell death. Neurotox Res 2008; 13: 49-62. [PMID: 18367440]

Gruber HE, Mougeot JL, Hoelscher G, Ingram JA and Hanley EN. Microarray analysis of laser capture microdissected-anulus cells from the human intervertebral disc. Spine 2007; 32: 1181-1187. [PMID: 17495774]

Mougeot JL, Bahrani-Mostafavi Z, Vachris JC, McKinney KQ, Svetlana G, Zhang J, Naumann RW, Higgins, RV and Hall JB. Gene expression profiling of ovarian tissues for determination of molecular pathways reflective of tumorigenesis. J Mol Biol 2006; 258: 310-329. [PMID: 16503337]

Marshburn PB, Zhang J, Bahrani-Mostafavi Z, Mostafavi BZ, Mougeot JL and Roshon M. Estrogen receptor-alpha messenger RNA variants that lack exon 5 or exon 7 are coexpressed with wild-type form in human endometrium during all phases of the menstrual cycle. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004; 191: 626-633; discussion 633-634. [PMID: 15343251]

Current, Recent and Pending Grant Support

Grant Title: Microarray analysis of peripheral blood lymphocytes in ALS
Funding Agency: NC-TRACS Institute/NIH
Role: Principal Investigator
Years: 2009-2010

Grant Title: Optimization of mES cell-derived motor neuron production using controlled microwell array-defined EB formation
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Role: Principal Investigator
Years: 2001-2013

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