This site is the entry point of several projects

Questions, suggestions, please contact me : Benoit Ballester -
My research focuses on the analysis of non-coding regions of the human genome using high-throughput sequencing data such as (ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, ChIA-PET, DNase-seq, MNAse-seq, etc..). I am interested in understanding how the so called non-coding genome play a central role in gene regulation. This previously "junk-dna" is currently seen as playing a key and extremely complex role in our genome. How those yet un-annotated regulatory elements can shape the expression and the dynamics of our genomes is the main goal of my work.

Members - Past & Present

Jeanne Cheneby PhD
Marie Artufel IE
Martin Mestdagh Master
Zacharie Menetrier Master
Elise Gueret Master
Aurelien Griffon Now at bioMerieux
Quentin Barbier Inserm CIPHE


About the view

The picture above is taken from the Calanques, and represents the Riou islands a mile away from the Calanques of Marseille. Wikipedia (copy/paste here) describe that a calanque is a narrow, steep-walled inlet that is developed in limestone found along the Mediterranean coast. A calanque is a steep-sided valley formed by fluvial erosion or the collapse of the roof of a cave that has been subsequently partially submerged by a rise in sea level.

The calanques between Marseille and Cassis are popular offering several spectacular panoramas. A great number of hikers and trail runners frequent the area, following pre-marked trails. The cliffs are also used as training spots for rock climbers.