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. 



  • 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.
  • 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