Dr Maxime Francois

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Biography

Maxime François is a Future Science Platform Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO Health & Biosecurity. He received his PhD in Medical Sciences from Edith Cowan University where he was investigating new biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease in cheek cells using laser scanning cytometry. He went on to investigate guanine-quadruplexes (secondary DNA structures) and their modulation in the context of ageing and nutrition. His research has focused on developing imaging techniques to measure a panel of protein markers within lymphocytes and buccal cells relating to DNA damage, nutritional deficiencies, ageing and neurodegenerative diseases. His current research aims at developing biomarkers of genomic ageing and health in saliva. Maxime is an expert user of a panel of imaging equipment such as laser scanning cytometer, Metasystem Metafer, Nikon A1 confocal microscope and 3D Imaris imaging software.

Maxime has published 14 peer-reviewed research papers including one book chapter, and is the treasurer for the Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia (SA), an association aiming at promoting the science of epigenetic in South Australia. Maxime is also the assistant secretary and SA hub leader for the Australian and French Researchers in Australia Network association (AFRAN). Maxime is an editorial board member of newly established scientific journals and has a strong engagement in teaching, with previous experience as a biology and French tutor for Flinders University and the University of Adelaide, respectively. He has also supervised visiting scientists, 2 master students from the University of Adelaide and is part of the high school science discovery program of CSIRO Health & Biosecurity.

Other Interests

Scuba diving, reading fiction, Jiu Jitsu, running.

Current Roles

  • SA Hub Leader
    Australian-French Research and Innovation Network

  • Treasurer
    Epignetics Consortium of South Australia (EpiCSA)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Future Science Platform

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013

    PhD in Medical Sciences - "Discovery of new biomarkers of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's disease risk in buccal cells using laser scanning cytometry"

  • 2009

    Master by Research in "Alimentary Sciences and Human Nutrition". University of Bordeaux (France).

  • 2007

    3rd Year Bachelor of "Biochemistry and Molecular Biology". University of Rennes (France).

  • 2006

    1st and 2nd Year Bachelor of "Biology". University of New Caledonia.

Professional Experiences

  • 2017-Present

    FSP Postdoctoral Fellow
    CSIRO

  • 2013-2016

    OCE Postdoctoral Fellow
    CSIRO

  • 2012-2013

    Casual Research Officer
    CSIRO

  • 2009-2010

    Research Project Officer
    CSIRO

  • Jan 2009-June 2009

    6 Months internship
    CSIRO

  • May 2008-June 2008

    7 weeks work placement
    UPCDM (Proteolysis, Muscular Growth and Development Unit) - Bordeaux - France.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2016-2018

    Affiliate Associate Lecturer – School of Biological Sciences
    University of Adelaide

  • 2016

    CSIRO Successful postdoc award
    CSIRO

  • 2016

    Best Oral Presentation Award
    Asia-Pacific Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics Organisation (APNNO)

  • 2016

    Best Poster Award
    Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia (EpiCSA)

  • 2016

    Travel Award to attend AFRAN forum
    CSIRO

  • 2010

    Travel Award to attend QIC symposium
    CSIRO

Other highlights

  • 2016-Present

    Member, Asia Pacific Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics Organization (APNNO)

  • 2016-Present

    Member of Australian Epigenetics Alliance (AEpiA)

  • 2015-Present

    Member, International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR)

  • 2015-Present

    Editorial board member of SM Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (SMJNM)

  • 2015-Present

    Editorial board member of International Journal of Nutritional Sciences (IJNS)

  • 2011-2016

    Member, Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)

  • 2010

    Invited workshop instructor to the Quantitative Imaging Cytometry Symposium (Boston, MA, USA)

Grants

  • 2017-2019

    CSIRO Future Science Platforms Project - $717,123

  • 2011-2012

    JO & JR Wicking and Mason Foundation Trust (ANZ Trustees) - $60,000

  • 2010-2013

    Preventative Health Flagship Top-up Postgraduate Scholarship - $21,000

  • 2010-2013

    PhD Scholarship from Government of New Caledonia - BER "Bourse d'encouragement a la recherche" - $75,000

Publications

We have publications by Dr Maxime Francois
For more publications, please see Researcher ID: C-8211-2015 ORCID: 0000-0003-1317-1506