Adrien was born in Nancy in France, and obtained his Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Strasbourg in 2009. He then went on to do a PhD in Molecular and Cellular aspect of Biology in the laboratory of Dr Marie-Christine Rio and Dr Catherine Tomasetto at the Institut de génétique et de biologie moléculaire et cellulaire (IGBMC) in France, where Adrien works on the role of the Tumor necrosis factor Receptor-Associated Factor 4 (TRAF4) in breast cancer.
His desire to develop new skills, push him to choose a different approach and a different field for his postdoctoral training. In 2013 Adrien moved to Cambridge (UK) in the laboratory of Dr. Anne Bertolotti at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge, UK), where he was awarded an EMBO long-term fellowship (2014-2016) and an EMBO advance fellowship (2017) to work on the regulation of proteasome assembly under stressful conditions.
In November 2017, Adrien relocated to Dundee to establish his own lab at the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit.