Vincent grew up in Brittany, on the west coast of France. With Celtic and Italian ancestry, it was perhaps inevitable that he lived in Boston eventually. His PhD work on sensorimotor processings in the primate posterior parietal cortex was done with Werner Graf at the College de France, and Gabriella Ugolini, at the CNRS campus of Gif-sur-Yvette. He then moved for a post-doc with Marc Sommer at Duke University, to work on motor and cognitive aspects of eye-movement related cerebellar circuits. His work in the Wang lab centers on behavioral and electrophysiological studies of brainstem orofacial control, in particular the regions implicated in rhythmic whisking movement.