Sophie Bellanger was trained at the Pasteur Institute (Paris, France) with Francoise Thierry in Moshe Yaniv’s laboratory. She obtained her Ph.D from the Paris-Sud University in November 2004. Her main project focused on molecular mechanisms underlying deregulation of cell cycle by Human Papillomaviruses (HPV).
She then joined the group of Joelle Sobczak-Thepot at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris 6) to investigate the roles of B-type cyclins (B1 and B2) in mitosis entry, mitosis completion and control of re-replication.
In December 2006, she moved to Singapore to join IMB. She started as a research fellow working on mitosis control by HPV in keratinocytes, before being promoted to research scientist in 2010. Over the next 3 years, she directed HPV projects related to cell cycle checkpoints, metabolism and apoptosis.
In October 2013, she was appointed as a Project Leader in IMB to investigate cell cycle and metabolism regulation in skin stem cells, and transition from proliferation to differentiation in human primary keratinocytes.