Julie Gavard received her PhD from University Pierre Marie Curie, Paris, Fr for her work on cell-cell adhesion at the neuromuscular junctions. She joined the NIH in Silvio Gutkind’ lab and discovered the molecular mechanisms by which angiogenic factors modulate the endothelial barrier. In 2008, she was appointed permanent researcher at CNRS and rapidly established an independent team at the Institute Cochin, Paris. In 2012, Julie Gavard was given the honorary Bronze Medal from CNRS. Since 2015, she established her lab at the Cancer Research Center in Nantes, Fr. Her research focuses on the signaling mechanisms involved in non-oncogene addiction and loss of vascular homeostasis, and had notably established a robust in vitro co-culture model of brain tumor patient-derived cells with human brain endothelial cells.