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EXPER Exposure, Endocrino-metabolic disruption and Reproduction

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Permanent Staff


Véronique GAYRARD, Agr. Eng., Ph.D., HDR
Professor of Physiology at the Veterinary School of Toulouse
Head of the team
Phone: +33 561 19 39 18

Professor of Physiology at the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (ENVT), Véronique Gayrard has an initial training as an agricultural engineer from the National Superior School of Agronomy of Toulouse (1986-1989).
After a Master's degree in Neurosciences, she completed her PhD at the INRA station of reproductive physiology in Nouzilly. She then joined the ENVT for a postdoctoral fellowship (1993-1996) and has been a member of the teaching staff of the veterinary school since 1996. After a few years (1996-2006) focused on the study of endocrine disorders associated with prion diseases, her team carried out a thematic mobility towards questions related to endocrine disruptors and joined the UMR 1331 INRAE Toxalim. Since 2021, Véronique Gayrard has been deputy director of the SEVAB doctoral school.


Research engineer INRAE
Phone : 0561193915
E-mail :

INRAE research engineer working on endocrino-metabolic disturbances induced by environmental contaminants with a special focus on the role of CAR and PXR xenosensors in the regulation of hepatic energy metabolism and in the "obesogenic" effect of environmental contaminants. Provides expertise to the French National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES).


Professor - Hospital Practitioner
Phone :
E-mail :

Physician, reproductive biologist, head of the Centre d'Assistance Médicale à la Procréation of the Hospitalo-Universitary Center of Toulouse in relation with the Agence de la Biomédecine (Biomedicine Agency). Post-doc at the University of Southampton (UK) with Pr Tom Fleming on the influence of the maternal environment on preimplantation embryonic programming. 41 international peer-reviewed publications. 2 directions and 1 co-direction of thesis. Research themes: environmental effects on gametes and the embryo.


Jessika MOREAU, MD
Doctor of Medicine
E-mail :

Doctor of Medicine specializing in medical biology and more specifically in reproductive biology. I practice my profession in the department of reproductive medicine of the Hospitalo-Universitary Center of Toulouse. I also have a research activity focusing mainly on the impact of environmental toxics on pre-implantation embryonic development. 20 publications to date. I also have a teaching activity, mainly within the medical faculties of the University of Toulouse 3.


Professor - Hospital Practitioner
Phone : 05 67 77 11 02
E-mail :


Nicole PICARD-HAGEN, DMV, PhD, Diplomate ECAR
Professor of Reproductive pathology at the Veterinary School of Toulouse
Phone : 0561193861
E-mail :

Professor of Reproductive Pathology in the Department of Livestock and Products and Veterinary Public Health at the National Veterinary School of Toulouse.
Scientific Director since November 2019.
Research activity on the understanding of toxicokinetic mechanisms leading to fetal exposure to endocrine disruptors.
62 peer-reviewed publications and 82 conference papers. Co-supervision of 5 university theses. 73 continuing education articles. Participation in the writing of 9 books.


Catherine VIGUIE, DMV, PhD
Research Director INRAE
Phone : 056119 39 13
E-mail :

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PhD 2020-2023
E-mail :

-        Thesis title : Exposure to a complex mixture of environmental toxicants during folliculogenesis and preimplantation development: effects on the maternal ovary, post-natal development and adult gonad


Clémence GELY
PhD 2018-2021
E-mail :

-        Thesis title: Evaluation of toxicokinetic parameters of bisphenol analogues by quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) studies.


Fabiana OLIVIERO    
PhD 2018-2021
E-mail :,

-        Thesis title:  Role of CAR in the dimorphic pathogenesis of NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease), induced by a fatty diet or by exposure to food contaminants".