When beginning studies in pharmacy at Paris, the city where she was born and grew up, Brigitte Malgrange had absolutely no intention of aiming at a career in research. She instead saw herself working in a pharmacy. To that extent it could be said that her plans failed: the ex-Parisian is today constructing a fine career as a researcher at Liège!
After having become a Doctor in Pharmacy in 1989, Brigitte Malgrange the following year succeeded in taking a European DEA in Basic and Applied Toxicology. At the same time as working at Rhône Poulenc Rorer, in France, she began her research at the ULg, in Professor Moonen’s department, and started the task of obtaining a doctorate in experimental biomedical sciences, which she gained in 1994 on the subject: ‘The use of in vitro culture for the study of neurones and otoxicity and the development of neuro and otoprotective therapeutic strategies.’ She has not left the Liège university since then.
Since 2009 she has been a FNRS Research Director. Whilst supervising dissertations and doctoral theses, the current Giga-neurosciences Director continues to focus on research in neurosciences, otorhinolaryngology, cellular biology, neurogenesis and cell culture.
Brigitte Malgrange has won several prizes, including the Gallen Prize in 1996, as well as the Prix Alverenga de Piauhy (in 2004) and the Prix Comte de Launoit, awarded by the Amis de l’Université de Liège (in 2005) for the dissertation entitled ‘The differentiation, protection and regeneration of acoustic hair cells and auditory neurons in mammals.’