Professor Germain graduated in medicine, from the University of Nancy I, France, where he received his doctorate in medicine (MD). He then completed a doctorate in human genetics (PhD) at the University Paris VII (Denis Diderot) France. He obtained his Habilitation (Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches, HDR) in 2005 from the University Paris V (René Descartes). Professor Germain has been appointed Professor at the University of Versailles (UVSQ), France, in 2007. In 2006, he was appointed Director of the Referral Center for Fabry Disease, a position which he has kept ever since. Since 2017, Prof. Germain is also the Director of a center of expertise for developmental genetic diseases and congenital malformations.
Professor Germain’s research interests include the clinical and biochemical genetics of Fabry disease, Pompe disease and hereditary diseases of the connective tissue, such as pseudoxanthoma elasticum, and mucopolysaccharidoses. He has a strong interest in enzyme replacement therapies, chaperon therapies, and the genetics of inherited metabolic diseases and neuro-muscular diseases. Throughout his career, Professor Germain has written several book chapters and has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers, most of them as a lead or senior author.
Professor Germain has received the “Medecine Award” from the French National Academy of Medicine