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Antoine Petit, President of the CNRS, has just appointed André Le Bivic Director of the CNRS Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB). André Le Bivic succeeds Catherine Jessus. He will take up his new position on 1 February 2019.

André Le Bivic has been research director at the CNRS since 1999. In 2012, he took over the management of the Institut de Biologie du Développement de Marseille (IBDM) (CNRS/AMU) and led the team “Cell polarity and morphogenesis of epitheliums”. His work on the role of polarity complexes in the acquisition and maintenance of epithelial cell polarity was rewarded in 2017 with the Jules Martin-Louise Basset Prize from the Academy of Sciences. He is the author of more than 80 publications.

André Le Bivic, was Deputy Scientific Director between 2006 and 2010 and then Deputy Director of the Institute of Biological Sciences in charge of scientific strategy in 2011, for which he will take over responsibility. He also headed the Multi-organism Thematic Institute (ITMO) “Cell Biology, Development and Evolution” of Inserm and Aviesan from 2009 to 2012.