Tanter Mickael

Tanter Mickael

Director of Physics for Medicine Paris
Research director at Inserm (DRCE)
ResearcherID: H-4657-2012
ORCID: 0000-0001-7739-8051
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  • 2004 – “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches”, Université Paris Diderot, France
  • 1999 – PhD in Physics, Université Paris Diderot, France
    “Application of time reversal focusing to brain HIFU treatments”
  • 1994 – Master of Science in Acoustics, Université Paris Diderot, France
  • 1994 – Electrical engineering degree at Supélec (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité), France

Professional experience

  • since 2019 – Director of Institute Physics for Medicine Paris (Inserm u1273, CNRS UMR 8063) at ESPCI Paris
  • 2008-2018 – Director of Inserm U979 “Wave Physics for Medicine”, a research  unit within Institut Langevin, Paris, France
  • 2009-2018 – Deputy director of Institut Langevin, Paris, France
  • since 2005 – Tenured research director, Inserm, Paris, France
  • 2000-2005 – Tenured research officer, CNRS, Paris, France

Activities and Responsabilities

  • Director of the Institute of Physics for Medicine Paris (Inserm U1273, CNRS UMR 8063, ESPCI Paris)
  • Director of the Accelerator of Technology Research (A.R.T. Inserm) in Biomedical Ultrasound
  • Deputy Director of the Langevin Institute (CNRS UMR7587) from 2014 to 2019
  • Co-Founder and Shareholder of SEISME inc. in 2000 (licencing the exclusive world patent of Fibroscan®)
  • Co-Founder and Share Holder of SUPERSONIC IMAGINE inc. in 2005 (200 employees)
  • Co-Founder and Shareholder of CARDIAWAVE inc. in 2015
  • Co-Founder and Shareholder of ICONEUS inc. in 2017
  • Co-Founder and Shareholder of EMYOSOUND inc. in 2022
  • Member of the Administration Board of European Society of Molecular Imaging
  • Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
  • Member of the Scientific Board of Region Ile de France 2011-2015
  • Member of the Scientific Board of Caviskills company 2013-2014
  • Member of the Scientific Board of IEEE UFFC since 2009
  • Elected Member of the Administrative board of IEEE UFFC 2012-2015
  • Member of the Inserm Commission CSS8 (2012-2016)
  • Member of the Brain Advisory Board of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (2009-2012)
  • Invited to give more than 150 invited talks and plenary lectures in international conferences
  • Co-invented more than 50 patent families in the field of biomedical engineering
  • Co-authored more than 400 publications in peer-reviewed international journals
  • Google Scholar : h-Index 106, > 45 000 citations  /  ISI Web of Knowledge : h-Index 91, > 32 000 citations
  • Participation to more than 100 jurys for national or international PhD defense

Main Awards and Distinctions  

  • 2023 – Ambassador’s Professor Chair of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Kulak, Belgium
  • 2023 – Laureate of an ERC Synergy Grant (Project NeuroSonoGene)
  • 2022 – Gordon Moore Professor of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), USA
  • 2022 – Boehraave Professor Distinction of Leiden University, Netherlands
  • 2022 – Ambassadeur France 2030 pour l’Enseignement Supérieur et la Recherche
  • 2019 – Rotblat Prize of Physics for Medicine and Biology journal for the most cited publication in Physics for Medicine in the last 5 years
  • since 2019 – Elected Member of the European Academy of Science
  • since 2019 – Fellow of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering & Science
  • 2018 – Grand Prize of the European Society for Molecular Imaging
  • 2017 – Britton Chance Distinguished Lecture of the World Society for Molecular Imaging, USA
  • 2017 – Carl Hellmuth Hertz Award of the IEEE society for Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
  • since 2016 – Distinguished Professor of ESPCI Paris
  • 2016 – Grand Prix of the French Foundation for Medical Research (FRM)
  • 2015 – Grand Prize of the Fondation NRJ, Institut de France, French Academy of Science
  • 2015 – Distinguished Lecture in Biomedical Engineering of CalTech university
  • 2015 – Carson-Zagzebski Distinguished Lecture of the American Association of Physics in Medicine
  • 2015 – Research Prize of Langlois Foundation, Paris, France
  • 2015 – Outstanding Paper Award of the international journal IEEE Transactions in Ultrasonics
  • 2015 – Prize of the fondation pour l’innovation thérapeutique Béatrice Denys (project Valvopulse)
  • 2014 – Roberts Prize of Physics in Medicine and Biology for the best paper of the year

  • 2014 – Prize OPECST-INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research)
  • 2013 – Laureate of an ERC Advanced Grant (Project FUSIMAGINE)
  • 2012 – Grand Prize of Medicine and Medical Research Jean Hamburger of Paris city
  • 2012 – Honored Lecture of the Radiology Society of North America, USA
  • 2011 – Prize Yves Rocard of the French Society of Physics (S.F.P.)
  • 2011 – Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine for the best paper published in Medical Physics
  • 2010 – Montgolfier Prize of the Société d’Encouragement de l’Industrie Nationale (French National Society for the National Industry promotion)
  • 2010 – Leon Brillouin Prize of the S.E.E. and I.E.E.E. societies.
  • 2010 – Outstanding Paper Award of the international journal IEEE Transactions in Ultrasonics
  • 2009 – Frederic Lizzi Early Career Prize of the International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound in 2009

Main publications

Renaudin N, Demené C, Dizeux A, Ialy-Radio N, Pezet S, Tanter M. Functional ultrasound localization microscopy reveals brain-wide neurovascular activity on a microscopic scale. Nat Methods 2022;19:1004–12. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41592-022-01549-5.
Demené C, Robin J, Dizeux A, Heiles B, Pernot M, Tanter M, et al. Transcranial ultrafast ultrasound localization microscopy of brain vasculature in patients. Nat Biomed Eng 2021;5:219–28. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41551-021-00697-x.
Bergel A, Tiran E, Deffieux T, Demené C, Tanter M, Cohen I. Adaptive modulation of brain hemodynamics across stereotyped running episodes. Nature Communications 2020;11:6193. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-19948-7.
Dizeux A, Gesnik M, Ahnine H, Blaize K, Arcizet F, Picaud S, et al. Functional ultrasound imaging of the brain reveals propagation of task-related brain activity in behaving primates. Nat Commun 2019;10:1400. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-09349-w.
Osmanski B-F, Pezet S, Ricobaraza A, Lenkei Z, Tanter M. Functional ultrasound imaging of intrinsic connectivity in the living rat brain with high spatiotemporal resolution. Nat Commun 2014;5:5023. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms6023.
Mace E, Montaldo G, Osmanski B-F, Cohen I, Fink M, Tanter M. Functional ultrasound imaging of the brain: theory and basic principles. IEEE Trans Ultrason, Ferroelect, Freq Contr 2013;60:492–506. https://doi.org/10.1109/TUFFC.2013.2592.

Latest publications

Jacquens A, Csaba Z, Soleimanzad H, Bokobza C, Delmotte P-R, Userovici C, et al. Deleterious effect of sustained neuroinflammation in pediatric traumatic brain injury. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 2024;120:99–116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2024.04.029.
Faure F, Alison M, Francavilla M, Boizeau P, Guilmin Crepon S, Lim C, et al. Transfontanellar shear wave elastography of the neonatal brain for quantitative evaluation of white matter damage. Sci Rep 2024;14:11827. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-024-60968-w.
Bancel T, Béranger B, Daniel M, Didier M, Santin M, Rachmilevitch I, et al. Sustained reduction of Essential Tremor with low-power non-thermal transcranial focused ultrasound stimulations in humans. Brain Stimulation 2024. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2024.05.003.
Jacquens A, Csaba Z, Soleimanzad H, Bokobza C, Delmotte P-R, Userovici C, et al. Deleterious effect of sustained neuroinflammation in pediatric traumatic brain injury. Brain Behav Immun 2024. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2024.04.029.
Guillaumin J-B, Djerroudi L, Aubry J-F, Tardivon A, Dizeux A, Tanter M, et al. Biopathologic Characterization and Grade Assessment of Breast Cancer With 3-D Multiparametric Ultrasound Combining Shear Wave Elastography and Backscatter Tensor Imaging. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology 2024;50:474–83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2023.12.004.
Binder NF, El Amki M, Glück C, Middleham W, Reuss AM, Bertolo A, et al. Leptomeningeal collaterals regulate reperfusion in ischemic stroke and rescue the brain from futile recanalization: Neuron. Neuron 2024. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2024.01.031.