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Matthieu Keller

Matthieu Keller
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PhD, HDR, CNRS Research Director CNRS, Group leader

Education & Career

  • 1999 BSc in Cell Biology & Neurosciences, University of Strasbourg, France
  • 2000 MSc in Behavioral Biology, University Paris XIII, France
  • 2003 PhD in Behavioral Biology, University Paris XIII, France
  • 2004-2006 Post-doc, University of Liège, Belgium
  • 2009 HDR, University of Tours
  • 2010 Visiting Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • 2013-now Group leader, Physiologie de la Reproduction & des Comportements, INRAE/CNRS/Université de Tours/IFCE, Nouzilly, France
  • 2006-17 Research Associate then 2017-now Research Director CNRS
  • 2021-now Director UMR Behavioral & Reproductive Physiology INRAE/CNRS/University of Tours/IFCE


I'm interested in the regulations of social and reproductive behavior in vertebrates. Thus, I'm working at the borders of three disciplinary fields: animal behavior, neurosciences/neuroendocrinology & reproductive physiology. My work is fundamental by nature, but can leads to interdisciplinary interactions (image and signal analysis in the field of MRI, discussion with archeozoologists...) or more applied aspects in the fiels of agronomy (more sustainable animal systems), ecology (management of wild populations), pre-clinical studies (development of MRI tools in sheep to study pediatric pathologies for example) or public health (evaluation of endocrine disruptors consequences).


Ella A, Delgadillo JA, Chemineau P, Keller M. (2017). Computation of a high-resolution MRI 3D stereotaxic atlas of the sheep brain. J Comp Neurol. 525(3):676-692. doi: 10.1002/cne.24079.

Trouillet A.C., Keller M., Weiss J., Leinders-Zufall T., Birnbaumer L., Zufall F., Chamero P. (2019). Central role of G protein Gαi2 and Gαi2+ vomeronasal neurons in balancing territorial and infant-directed aggression of male mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 116, 11, 5135-5143.

Barrière D., Ella E., Adriaenssen H., Roselli C.E., Chemineau P. & Keller M. (2019). In vivo magnetic resonance imaging reveals the effect of gonadal hormones on morphological and functional brain sexual dimorphisms in adult sheep. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 109, 104387, 1-12.

Keller M., Vandenberg L.N. & Charlier T.D. (2019). The parental brain as a target for endocrine disruption. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 54, 100765, 1-15.

Barrière D., Boumezbeur F., Dalman R., Cadeddu R., Richard D., Pinguet J., Daulhac L., Sarret P., Whittingstall K., Keller M., Meriaux S., Eschalier A. & Mallet C. (2020). Acetaminophen, a centrally-acting analgesic involving the periaqueductal grey. British Journal of Pharmacology, 177, 8, 1773-1792.

Barrière D., Ella A., Szeremeta F., Adriaensen H., Même W., Chaillou E., Migaud M., Même S., Lévy F. & Keller M. (2021). Brain orchestration of pregnancy and maternal behavior in mice: a longitudinal morphometric study. Neuroimage, 230, 117776.

Brachet M., Vouilloud P., Gandswindt A., Manser M., Keller M. & Clutton Brock T. (2021). Parity predicts allonursing in a cooperative breeder. Journal of Mammalogy, 102, 5, 1365-1374.

Poissenot K., Chorfa A., Moussu C., Trouillet C., Brachet M., Chesneau D., Chemineau P., Ramadier E., Pinot A., Benoit E., Lattard V., Dardente H., Drevet J., Saez F. & Keller M. (2021). Photoperiod is involved in the regulation of seasonal breeding in male water voles (Arvicola terrestris). Journal of Experimental Biology, 224, 19, 1-10.

Murray S.J., Almuqbel M.M., Felton S.A., Palmer N.J., Myall D.J., Shoorganziz R., Ella A., Keller M., Palmer D., Melzer T.R. & Mitchell N.L. (2023). Progressive MRI brain volume changes in ovine models of CLN5 and CLN6 neuronal lipofuscinosis. Brain Communications, 5, 1, 1-13

More complete list of publications:


Physiologie de la Reproduction & des Comportements
UMR INRAE/CNRS/Université de Tours/IFCE
Centre INRA Val-de-Loire
37380 Nouzilly

Tel. (+33) 02 47 42 72 75
Email: Matthieu Keller