Professor in Immunology


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Joël R. Drevet received his Ph.D. degree in Cell Biology/Genetics & Immunology from the Université Claude Bernard (Lyon1, France) in 1989. From 1990 till 1993, Drevet spent four years at the Health Science Centre, the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) as a Postdoctoral Fellow (1990-1991) and a Research Associate (1992-1993). In September 1993, Drevet was hired Assistant-Professor at the Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France). In 1998, he moved-up to a Professor position and started his own research group in the field of Mammalian Reproductive Physiology. 

Drevet is a member of the European Academy of Andrology (EAA), the European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology (ESHRE) and the North American Society for Studies on Reproduction (SSR). He sits at the board of the French Andrology Society (SALF) a daughter society of the International Society of Andrology (ISA).

Drevet serves as Managing Editor for the periodic BACA (Basic & Clinical Andrology), is Associate Editor for Human Reproduction  and Academic Editor for PLoS ONE. In addition, Drevet is a reviewer board member for the periodics AndrologyAsian Journal of Andrology and International Scholarly Notices in Urology.



The team research focus is on the post-testicular steps of spermatozoa maturation during their descent and storage in the epididymal duct. The team is particularly interested in the aspects of oxidative stress and its impact on spermatozoa fertilizing ability, the integrity of the sperm nucleus and its putative transgenerational effects both in natural reproduction and in assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Cholesterol homeostasis and immune control in the epididymis are other aspects of epididymal physiology the team is working on because they are known to be involevd in human infertility cases. 



  • 2021
    • T. Teixeira, Y. Oliveira, F. Bernardes, E. Kallas, A. Duarte-Neto, S. Esteves, J. Drevet and J. Hallak, “Viral infections and implications for male reproductive health.”, Asian J. Androl., 2021.
    • A. Champroux, C. Goubely, J. Henry-Berger, J. Drevet and A. Kocer, “Three-Dimensional Confocal Analysis of Chromosome Positioning Coupled with Immunofluorescence in Mouse Sperm Nuclei.”, Meth. Mol. Biol., vol. 2198 , pp. 255–268, 2021.
    • L. Rashki Ghaleno, A. Alizadeh, J. Drevet, A. Shahverdi and M. Valojerdi, “Oxidation of Sperm DNA and Male Infertility.”, Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland), vol. 10 (1) , 2021.
  • 2020
    • M. Razi, M. Tavalaee, F. Sarrafzadeh-Rezaei, A. Moazamian, P. Gharagozloo, J. Drevet and M. Nasr-Eshafani, “Varicocoele and oxidative stress: New perspectives from animal and human studies.”, Andrology, 2020.
    • F. Shahreza, M. Hajian, P. Gharagozloo, J. Drevet and M. Nasr-Esfahani, “Impact of vitamin D deficiency on mouse sperm structure and function.”, Andrology, vol. 8 (5) , pp. 1442–1455, 2020.
    • C. Chu, L. Yu, J. Henry-Berger, Y. Ru, A. Kocer, A. Champroux, Z. Li, M. He, S. Xie, W. Ma, M. Ni, Z. Ni, Y. Guo, Z. Fei, L. Gou, Q. Liu, S. Sharma, Y. Zhou, M. Liu, C. Chen, A. Eamens, B. Nixon, Y. Zhou, J. Drevet and Y. Zhang, “Knockout of glutathione peroxidase 5 down-regulates the piRNAs in the caput epididymidis of aged mice.”, Asian J. Androl., 2020.
    • I. Ciccone, E. Costa, J. Pariz, T. Teixeira, J. Drevet, P. Gharagozloo, R. Aitken and J. Hallak, “Serum vitamin D content is associated with semen parameters and serum testosterone levels in men.”, Asian J. Androl., 2020.
    • A. Voisin, C. Damon-Soubeyrand, S. Bravard, F. Saez, J. Drevet and R. Guiton, “Differential expression and localisation of TGF-beta isoforms and receptors in the murine epididymis.”, Scientific reports, vol. 10 (1) , pp. 995, 2020.
    • J. Drevet and R. Aitken, “Oxidation of Sperm Nucleus in Mammals: A Physiological Necessity to Some Extent with Adverse Impacts on Oocyte and Offspring.”, Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland), vol. 9 (2) , 2020.
    • R. Aitken and J. Drevet, “The Importance of Oxidative Stress in Determining the Functionality of Mammalian Spermatozoa: A Two-Edged Sword.”, Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland), vol. 9 (2) , 2020.
    • N. Sadeghi, N. Erfani-Majd, M. Tavalaee, M. Tabandeh, J. Drevet and M. Nasr-Esfahani, “Signs of ROS-Associated Autophagy in Testis and Sperm in a Rat Model of Varicocele.”, Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity, vol. 2020 , pp. 5140383, 2020.
    • M. Hosseini, E. Shaygannia, M. Rahmani, A. Eskandari, A. Golsefid, M. Tavalaee, P. Gharagozloo, J. Drevet and M. Nasr-Esfahani, “Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress (ER Stress) and Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) Occur in a Rat Varicocele Testis Model.”, Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity, vol. 2020 , pp. 5909306, 2020.
    • Z. Mohammadi, M. Tavalaee, P. Gharagozloo, J. Drevet and M. Nasr-Esfahani, “Could high DNA stainability (HDS) be a valuable indicator of sperm nuclear integrity?”, Basic and clinical andrology, vol. 30 , pp. 12, 2020.
  • 2019
    • M. Mousavi, A. Shahverdi, J. Drevet, V. Akbarinejad, V. Esmaeili, F. Sayahpour, T. Topraggaleh, P. Rahimizadeh and A. Alizadeh, “Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors (PPARs) levels in spermatozoa of normozoospermic and asthenozoospermic men.”, Systems biology in reproductive medicine, vol. 65 (6) , pp. 409–419, 2019.
    • M. Xavier, B. Nixon, S. Roman, R. Scott, J. Drevet and R. Aitken, “Paternal impacts on development: identification of genomic regions vulnerable to oxidative DNA damage in human spermatozoa.”, Hum. Reprod., 2019.
    • C. Chu, Y. Zhang, L. Yu, S. Sharma, Z. Fei and J. Drevet, “Epididymal small non-coding RNA studies: progress over the past decade.”, Andrology, vol. 7 (5) , pp. 681–689, 2019.
    • R. Guiton, A. Voisin, J. Henry-Berger, F. Saez and J. Drevet, “Of vessels and cells: the spatial organization of the epididymal immune system.”, Andrology, vol. 7 (5) , pp. 712–718, 2019.
    • F. Saez, M. Whitfield and J. Drevet, “Impairment of sperm maturation and capacitation due to diet-dependent cholesterol overload.”, Andrology, vol. 7 (5) , pp. 654–661, 2019.
    • A. Voisin, F. Saez, J. Drevet and R. Guiton, “The epididymal immune balance: a key to preserving male fertility.”, Asian J. Androl., 2019.
    • R. J. Aitken, G. N. D. Iuliis and J. R. Drevet, “Role of Oxidative Stress in the Etiology of Male Infertility and the Potential Therapeutic Value of Antioxidants”, Oxidants, Antioxidants and Impact of the Oxidative Status in Male Reproduction, pp. 91–100, 2019.
    • J. Drevet and R. Aitken, “Oxidative Damage to Sperm DNA: Attack and Defense.”, Advances in experimental medicine and biology, vol. 1166 , pp. 107–117, 2019.
    • J. Pariz, C. Ranea, R. Monteiro, D. Evenson, J. Drevet and J. Hallak, “Melatonin and Caffeine Supplementation Used, Respectively, as Protective and Stimulating Agents in the Cryopreservation of Human Sperm Improves Survival, Viability, and Motility after Thawing compared to Traditional TEST-Yolk Buffer.”, Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity, vol. 2019 , pp. 6472945, 2019.
    • F. Saez and J. Drevet, “Dietary Cholesterol and Lipid Overload: Impact on Male Fertility.”, Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity, vol. 2019 , pp. 4521786, 2019.
  • 2018
    • A. Champroux, C. Damon-Soubeyrand, C. Goubely, S. Bravard, J. Henry-Berger, R. Guiton, F. Saez, J. Drevet and A. Kocer, “Nuclear Integrity but Not Topology of Mouse Sperm Chromosome is Affected by Oxidative DNA Damage.”, Genes, vol. 9 (10) , 2018.
    • E. El Khouri, M. Whitfield, L. Stouvenel, A. Kini, B. Riederer, P. Lores, D. Roemermann, G. di Stefano, J. Drevet, F. Saez, U. Seidler and A. Toure, “Slc26a3 deficiency is associated with epididymis dysplasia and impaired sperm fertilization potential in the mouse.”, Molecular reproduction and development, vol. 85 (8-9) , pp. 682–695, 2018.
    • S. Vorilhon, F. Brugnon, A. Kocer, S. Dollet, C. Bourgne, M. Berger, L. Janny, B. Pereira, R. Aitken, A. Moazamian, P. Gharagozloo, J. Drevet and H. Pons-Rejraji, “Accuracy of human sperm DNA oxidation quantification and threshold determination using an 8-OHdG immuno-detection assay.”, Hum. Reprod., vol. 33 (4) , pp. 553–562, 2018.
    • A. Voisin, M. Whitfield, C. Damon-Soubeyrand, C. Goubely, J. Henry-Berger, F. Saez, A. Kocer, J. Drevet and R. Guiton, “Comprehensive overview of murine epididymal mononuclear phagocytes and lymphocytes: Unexpected populations arise.”, Journal of reproductive immunology, vol. 126 , pp. 11–17, 2018.
    • A. Champroux, J. Cocquet, J. Henry-Berger, J. Drevet and A. Kocer, “A Decade of Exploring the Mammalian Sperm Epigenome: Paternal Epigenetic and Transgenerational Inheritance.”, Frontiers in cell and developmental biology, vol. 6 , pp. 50, 2018.
    • H. Levine, H. Mohri, A. Ekbom, L. Ramos, G. Parker, E. Roldan, L. Jovine, S. Koelle, A. Lindstrand, S. Immler, S. Mortimer, D. Mortimer, G. van der Horst, S. Ishijima, N. Aneck-Hahn, E. Baldi, R. Menkveld, S. Rothmann, A. Giwercman, Y. Giwercman, M. Holmberg, U. Kvist, L. Bjorndahl, R. Holmberg, S. Arver, J. Flanagan and J. Drevet, “Male reproductive health statement (XIIIth international symposium on Spermatology, may 9th-12th 2018, Stockholm, Sweden.”, Basic and clinical andrology, vol. 28 , pp. 13, 2018.
    • J. Drevet, “Epididymal approaches to male contraception.”, Basic and clinical andrology, vol. 28 , pp. 12, 2018.
  • 2017
    • M. Whitfield, R. Guiton, J. Rispal, N. Acar, A. Kocer, J. R. Drevet and F. Saez, “Dyslipidemia alters sperm maturation and capacitation in LXR-null mice.”, Reproduction, 2017.
    • H. Nezzar, J. Mbekeani, A. Noblanc, F. Chiambaretta, J. Drevet and A. Kocer, “Investigation of antioxidant systems in human meibomian gland and conjunctival tissues.”, Experimental eye research, vol. 165 , pp. 99–104, 2017.
    • J. Drevet, “Sperm DNA integrity testing: a valuable addition to the tool box of infertility clinicians.”, Translational andrology and urology, vol. 6 (Suppl 4) , pp. S590–S591, 2017.
    • C. Moretti, M. Serrentino, C. Ialy-Radio, M. Delessard, T. Soboleva, F. Tores, M. Leduc, P. Nitschke, J. Drevet, D. Tremethick, D. Vaiman, A. Kocer and J. Cocquet, “SLY regulates genes involved in chromatin remodeling and interacts with TBL1XR1 during sperm differentiation.”, Cell death and differentiation, vol. 24 (6) , pp. 1029–1044, 2017.
    • C. Chu, L. Yu, B. Wu, L. Ma, L. Gou, M. He, Y. Guo, Z. Li, W. Gao, S. Huijuan, M. Liu, H. Wang, C. Chen, J. Drevet, Y. Zhou and Y. Zhang, “A sequence of 28 S rRNA-derived small RNAs is enriched in mature sperm and various somatic tissues and possibly associates with inflammation.”, Journal of molecular cell biology, 2017.
    • J. Carreira, J. Trevizan, I. Carvalho, B. Kipper, L. Rodrigues, C. Silva, S. Perri, J. Drevet and M. Koivisto, “Does sperm quality and DNA integrity differ in cryopreserved semen samples from young, adult, and aged Nellore bulls?”, Basic and clinical andrology, vol. 27 , pp. 12, 2017.
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
    • H. Pons-Rejraji, F. Brugnon, B. Sion, S. Maqdasy, G. Gouby, B. Pereira, G. Marceau, A. Gremeau, J. R. Drevet, G. Grizard, L. Janny and I. Tauveron, “Evaluation of atorvastatin efficacy and toxicity on spermatozoa, accessory glands and gonadal hormones of healthy men: a pilot prospective clinical trial.”, Reproductive biology and endocrinology : RB&E, vol. 12 , pp. 65, 2014.
    • A. Noblanc, A. Kocer and J. Drevet, “Recent knowledge concerning mammalian sperm chromatin organization and its potential weaknesses when facing oxidative challenge.”, Basic and clinical andrology, vol. 24 , pp. 6, 2014.
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
    • A. Jrad-Lamine, J. Henry-Berger, P. Gourbeyre, C. Damon-Soubeyrand, A. Lenoir, L. Combaret, F. Saez, A. Kocer, S. Tone, D. Fuchs, W. Zhu, P. Oefner, D. Munn, A. Mellor, N. Gharbi, R. Cadet, R. Aitken and J. Drevet, “Deficient tryptophan catabolism along the kynurenine pathway reveals that the epididymis is in a unique tolerogenic state.”, J. biol. chem., vol. 286 (10) , pp. 8030–42, 2010.
    • S. Herbette, D. de Labrouhe, J. Drevet and P. Roeckel-Drevet, “Transgenic tomatoes showing higher glutathione peroxydase antioxidant activity are more resistant to an abiotic stress but more susceptible to biotic stresses.”, Plant sci., vol. 180 (3) , pp. 548–53, 2010.
    • F. Saez, A. Ouvrier and J. Drevet, “Epididymis cholesterol homeostasis and sperm fertilizing ability.”, Asian J. Androl., vol. 13 (1) , pp. 11–7, 2010.
  • 2009
    • E. Chabory, C. Damon, A. Lenoir, J. Henry-Berger, P. Vernet, R. Cadet, F. Saez and J. Drevet, “Mammalian glutathione peroxidases control acquisition and maintenance of spermatozoa integrity.”, J. Anim. Sci., vol. 88 (4) , pp. 1321–31, 2009.
    • E. Chabory, C. Damon, A. Lenoir, G. Kauselmann, H. Kern, B. Zevnik, C. Garrel, F. Saez, R. Cadet, J. Henry-Berger, M. Schoor, U. Gottwald, U. Habenicht, J. Drevet and P. Vernet, “Epididymis seleno-independent glutathione peroxidase 5 maintains sperm DNA integrity in mice.”, J. Clin. Invest., vol. 119 (7) , pp. 2074–85, 2009.
    • A. Ouvrier, R. Cadet, P. Vernet, B. Laillet, J. Chardigny, JM. Lobaccaro, J. Drevet and F. Saez, “LXR and ABCA1 control cholesterol homeostasis in the proximal mouse epididymis in a cell-specific manner.”, J. Lipid Res., vol. 50 (9) , pp. 1766–75, 2009.
    • A. Ouvrier, R. Cadet, JM. Lobaccaro, J. Drevet and F. Saez, “LXR regulate cholesterol homeostasis in the proximal mouse epididymis.”, Folia Histochem. Cytobiol., vol. 47 (5) , pp. S75–9, 2009.
  • 2008
    • T. Zhang, E. Chabory, A. Britan, E. Grignard, O. Pitiot, F. Saez, R. Cadet, J. Henry-Berger, P. Vernet and J. Drevet, “GPX5, the selenium-independent glutathione peroxidase-encoding single copy gene is differentially expressed in mouse epididymis.”, Reprod. Fertil. Dev., vol. 20 (5) , pp. 615–25, 2008.
  • 2007
    • E. Grignard, R. Cadet, F. Saez, J. Drevet and P. Vernet, “Identification of sperm antigens as a first step towards the generation of a contraceptive vaccine to decrease fossorial water vole Arvicola terrestris Scherman proliferations.”, Theriogenology, vol. 68 (5) , pp. 779–95, 2007.
    • F. Saez, E. Chabory, R. Cadet, P. Vernet, S. Baron, JM. Lobaccaro and J. Drevet, “Liver X receptors and epididymal epithelium physiology.”, Asian J. Androl., vol. 9 (4) , pp. 574–82, 2007.
  • 2006
    • H. Rejraji, B. Sion, G. Prensier, M. Carreras, C. Motta, J. Frenoux, E. Vericel, G. Grizard, P. Vernet and J. Drevet, “Lipid remodeling of murine epididymosomes and spermatozoa during epididymal maturation.”, Biol Reprod, vol. 74 (6) , pp. 1104–13, 2006.
    • J. Drevet, “The antioxidant glutathione peroxidase family and spermatozoa: a complex story.”, Molecular and cellular endocrinology, vol. 250 (1-2) , pp. 70–9, 2006.
    • A. Britan, V. Maffre, S. Tone and J. Drevet, “Quantitative and spatial differences in the expression of tryptophan-metabolizing enzymes in mouse epididymis.”, Cell Tissue Res., vol. 324 (2) , pp. 301–10, 2006.
  • 2004