Mathieu Renard

Master's Student Intern
MBL-U Nice Sophia Antipolis


My name is Mathieu Renard. I was born in Belgium, but because I moved to different countries during my childhood, I actually do feel European. In 2018, I graduated with a Master's Degree in Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. As a requirement for my graduation, I joined the lab as an intern for 5 months. Now I am a PhD Student at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, in Germany.


My research in the Edsinger Lab focused on the development of genetic tools in pygmy squid (Idiosepius paradoxus) and longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii). This project involved the culture of eggs and adults, computational identification of target genes, design of CRISPR/Cas9 sgRNAs, microinjection of dyes, mRNAs and CRISPR cocktails in early embryos and phenotyping.


In general, I am interested by the evolutionary processes behind the complexity of cephalopod behaviour and neural system. My interests also spread to development, genetics and ecology of cephalopods.

I am managing a Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page called Krakenology, where I post scientific illustrations and info about my current and past research.

Outside research. I love to travel and wander in places nobody has ever seen, and you can be sure I won't go anywhere without my guitar and camera. I have a strong passion for acting and I am a proud Netflix bing-watcher..

Future Plans

My future plans include focusing on my PhD project and learn all the necessary skills to be able to create and culture the first transgenic cephalopod. On the long term, I hope to continue being a researcher and maybe teach one day.

Research: Website
Krakenology: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

Edsinger Lab - November 2018