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Funded Studies

Jean-Marc Taymans, PhD,IR

Associate Professor in Neuroscience at UMR-S1172, Jean-Pierre Aubert Research Center (Inserm - Lille University - Lille University Hospital

Location: Lille France

Jean-Marc Taymans is a bioengineer from the KU Leuven (Belgium). After working as a vaccine process engineer at SmithKline-Beecham Biologicals, he began his doctoral research via the Free University of Amsterdam in the research labs of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development. In 2004, Dr. Taymans joined KU Leuven to study the molecular pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) genes. After a Fulbright scholarship at the National Institutes of Health, he joined the UMR-S 1172 research center in Lille (France), a mixed Inserm – Université de Lille – Lille University Hospital center, to further study cell signaling processes in PD while integrating clinical translation of experimental findings from patient biosamples. With a strong focus on LRRK2, Dr. Taymans’s research uses a multidisciplinary approach, from biochemical analysis and cellular models to validation in preclinical models, and has produced more than 45 publications.

Associated Grants

  • Exploring the Use of Molecules that Stabilize the Interaction between LRRK2 Kinase and the 14-3-3 Adapter Protein as a Neuroprotective Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease


  • Targeting the LRRK2-PAK6 Pathway in Parkinson's Disease


  • Validation of Cyclin-G Associated kinase (GAK) as a Target for Parkinson's Disease


  • Rab Detection Initiative and LRRK2 Detection Initiative Supplemental Support RDI, and LCC exosome replication


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