Lisa Roux is a researcher at CNRS leading the team “Olfaction and Memory” at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience (IINS, CNRS UMR5297, Bordeaux University, France) since 2018. She did her PhD in the lab of Christian Giaume at the Collège de France where she worked on neuro-glial interactions in the olfactory system using primarily slice electrophysiology methods. Her work unraveled a bi-directional loop of interactions between neuron and astrocyte networks which could impact olfactory information processing. In 2012, Lisa Roux joined the lab of Gyorgy Buzsáki at the New York University (USA) as a postdoctoral fellow. There, she used advanced in vivo electrophysiology and optogenetic approaches in freely moving mice to understand the mechanisms of hippocampal oscillations and their function in spatial memory processes. Notably, she studied the cellular mechanisms involved in two types of network oscillations, fundamental to memory function in the hippocampus: theta and sharp wave ripple oscillations. Her work also uncovered a key role played by sharp wave ripple oscillations in the maintenance of the hippocampal “cognitive map” during spatial learning. The role played by inhibitory interneurons in shaping circuit functions in the behaving animal was at the core of her work. As an independent group leader at the IINS, she broadened her field of investigation by studying the neuronal substrates of olfactory memory formation.
Lisa Roux has been the recipient of the Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation Award for Young Scientists (2013, France), a K99 National Institute of Health Pathway to Independence Award (2015, U.S.A.), a Junior Chair by the Initiative of Excellence of the Bordeaux University (2017, France), an ATIP-Avenir Grant (2017, France) and an ERC Starting Grant (2019). She received the Paoletti Prize discerned by the INSB (CNRS) in 2018 and became a laureate of the Fondation Schlumberger pour l'Education et la Recherche in 2021.