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Department ofBiology


Christelle Sabatier
Senior Lecturer


B.A. – in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.  (emphasis in Biochemistry).  June 1996.

Ph.D. – Cell Biology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. December 2003.

Postdoctoral Fellow – Department of Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. 1/04 - 4/05.


  • BIOL 21 Introduction to Physiology - freshman Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Environmental Science, and Public Health majors
  • BIOL 24 Introduction to Cell Biology - sophomore Biology, Biochemistry and Bioengineering majors
  • BIOL 25 Investigations in Molecular Biology & Cell Biology (lab-focused) – sophomore Biology, Biochemistry and Bioengineering majors
  • BIOL 122 Neurobiology (lecture and lab) – upper division Biology and Bioengineering majors

Publications and Presentations

Suljak SW, Rose CM*, Sabatier C, Le T*, Trieu Q*, Verley DR, * Lewis AM*, Birmingham JT (2010) Enhancement of muscle contraction in the stomach of the crab Cancer borealis: a possible hormonal role for GABA. Biol Bull. 218, 293-302.

Lieu A*, Hallare D*, McAnulty K*, Sabatier C (2008) Analysis of the Cdr-1 promoter:  Understanding Cadmium Regulated Transcription.  Poster presented by Amanda Lieu at DeNardo lectureship/Sigma Xi poster session.

Marillat V, Sabatier C, Failli V, Matsunaga E, Sotelo C, Tessier-Lavigne M, Chedotal A (2004) The Slit receptor Rig-1/Robo3 controls midline crossing by hindbrain precerebellar neurons and axons.  Neuron 43, 69-79.

Long H, Sabatier C, Ma L, Plump AS, Yuan W, Ornitz D, Tamada A, Murakami F, Goodman CS, and Tessier-Lavigne M (2004)  Conserved roles for Slit and Robo proteins in guiding commissural axons beyond the midline.  Neuron 42, 213-223.

Sabatier C, Plump AS, Ma L, Brose K, Tamada A, Murakami F, Lee E, and Tessier-Lavigne M (2004)  The divergent Robo family protein Rig-1 is a negative regulator of Slit responsiveness for midline crossing by commissural axons.  Cell .117, 157-169.

Plump AS, Erskine L, Sabatier C, Brose K, Epstein CJ, Goodman CS, Maxon CA, and Tessier-Lavigne M (2002)  Slit1 and Slit2 cooperate to prevent premature midline crossing of retinal axons in the mouse visual system.  Neuron 33, 219-32.

Goodwill KE, Sabatier C, and Stevens RC (1998) Crystal structure of tyrosine hydroxylase with bound cofactor analog and iron at 2.3 Å resolution:  self-hydroxylation of Phe300 and the pterin-binding site.   Biochemistry 37, 13437-45.

Goodwill KE*, Sabatier C, Marks C, Raag R, Fitzpatrick PF, and Stevens RC (1997) Crystal structure of tyrosine hydroxylase at 2.3 Å and its implications for inherited neurodegenerative diseases.  Nature Structural Biology 4, 578-85.

*:  Undergraduate research students.