A neurobiologist and physiologist, Dr. Olivier Kah is currently an emeritus research
director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He received his
PhD at the University of Bordeaux en 1978, and his Doctor of Science degree in 1983.
He joined the CNRS in 1979 until his retirement in 2016.
A passionate biologist, Olivier Kah dedicated his carrier to the study of reproduction, in
particular to the roles of brain neuropeptides and neurotransmitters in the control of the
reproductive axis in fishes.
Over the last ten years, his team has focused on the roles of hormones, mainly sex
steroids in the development and plasticity of the brain. He is also interested in the
impact of endocrine disruptors on brain development using the zebrafish as a model
Recently, his team has also developed an exquisitely sensitive in vivo assay under
OECD evaluation to screen estrogenic chemicals on zebrafish embryos.
Olivier Kah is also a « Chair Professor » at the National Taiwan Ocean University