Didier Zoccola

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Tara PACIFIC Coordinator (Centre scientifique de Monaco/ Symbiont&Host) – FR

Dr. Didier Zoccola is a molecular biologist studying the physiology of reef corals. Since 2000, he has been at the Centre Scientifique de Monaco with a focus on biomineralization and symbiosis. He is interested in how corals build their skeletons, focusing on: (i) how ions are regulated during skeletogenesis, and (ii) the role of the organic matrix in biomineralization.

Dr. Zoccola obtained his Master’s degree in 1989 from the Université Technologique de Compiègne, and was a Doctoral Fellow in an INSERM unit working on blood diseases. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 in Life Sciences from the University of Nice – Sophia Antipolis, and worked after that at the Nice Hospital. His passion for the sea and scuba diving led him naturally to marine biology and coral reef science. Since 2011, He is corresponding member of the UNESCO-linked European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters