Assistant professor, HDR

y-zennou-azoguiLaboratory of sensory and cognitive neurosciences  (LNSC), UMR 7260

Aix-Marseille Université /CNRS

Fédération de Recherche N 3512 « Comportement, Cerveau, Cognition »

 Biology department, UFR Sciences, Aix-Marseille Université

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Phone : 0413550861



Co-chief manager of the master “Intervention and social development – disability and dependence”


Teaching – grade level 

  • Bachelor of Neurosciences
  • Bachelor of speech language pathology
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Master of Neurosciences
  • Master Intervention and social development – Disability and dependence
  • Master of Psychology and neuropsychology of cognitive disturbances



Research topics

  • experience-dependent plasticity of somatosensory cortical maps during development and in the adult
  • Remodeling of somatosensory cortical maps after ischemic lesion of the cortex and functional rehabilitation
  • Spatiotemporal integration of sensory information in the somatosensory cortex and tactile illusions



  • Electrophysiology
  • Voltage sensitive dye imaging
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Behavior

… in the rat


Last publications

Corbo J., Zennou-Azogui Y., Xerri C, Catz N (2018) Cortical Merging in S1 as a Substrate for tactile input Grouping. ENEURO.0342-17.2017.

Zennou-Azogui Y, Catz N, Xerri C (2016) Hypergravity experience within a critical period impacts on the maturation of somatosensory cortical maps and their potential for use-dependent plasticity in the adult. Journal of Neurophysiology.  DOI: 10.1152/jn.00900.2015.

Xerri C, Zennou-Azogui Y, Sadlaoud K, Sauvajon D (2014) Interplay between intra- and interhemispheric remodeling of neural networks as a substrate of functional recovery after stroke: adaptive versus maladaptive reorganization. Neuroscience 283:178–201.

Xerri C, Zennou-Azogui Y (2014) Early and Moderate Sensory Stimulation Exerts a Protective Effect on Perilesion Representations of Somatosensory Cortex after Focal Ischemic Damage Borlongan CV, ed. PLoS ONE 9:e99767.

Martinez M, Delcour M, Russier M, Zennou-Azogui Y, Xerri C, Coq JO, Brezun M (2010) Differential tactile and motor recovery and cortical map alteration after C4-5 spinal hemisection. Exp Neurol, 221(1) : 186-197.

Martinez  M, Brezun JM, Zennou-Azogui Y, Baril N, Xerri C (2009) Sensorimotor training promotes functional recovery and somatosensory cortical map reactivation following cervical spinal cord injury. E. J. Neurosci. 30(12) : 2237-2444

Rosselet C, Zennou-Azogui Y, Escoffier G, Kirmaci F, Xerri C (2008) Experience-dependent changes in spatiotemporal properties of cutaneous inputs remodel somatosensory cortical maps following skin flap rotation. Eur. J. Neurosci., 27: 1245-1260.

Miquee A, Xerri C, Rainville C, Aanton JL, Nazarian B, Roth M, Zennou-Azogui Y (2008) Neuronal substrates of haptic shape encoding and matching: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Neuroscience, 152: 29-39.

Dykes R, Miquee A, Xerri C, Zennou-Azogui Y, Rainville C, Dumoulin A, Marineau D (2007) A Delivery device for presentation of tactile stimuli during functional magnetic resonance imaging. J. Neurosci. Methods 159: 308-317.

Rosselet C, Zennou-Azogui Y, Xerri C (2006) Nursing-induced somatosensory cortex plasticity: Temporally decoupled changes in neuronal receptive field properties are accompanied by modifications in activity-dependent protein expression. J. Neurosci. 26:10667-10676.

Xerri C, Zennou-Azogui Y, COQ JO (2003) Neuroprotection after focal ischemic injury: effects of piracetam treatment and environmental enrichment on the functional organization of the somatosensory cortical maps, ILAR journal, 44 (2), 108-122.

Xerri C, Zennou-Azogui Y (2003) Influence of the post-lesion environment and chronic piracetam treatment on the organization of the somatotopic map in the rat SI cortex after focal cortical injury. Neurosciences, 118, 161-177.