Education of a new generation

Study in an environment of excellence

pauline copie2IBDM, a research centre of international renown teaches students in modern biology. IBDM is part of the Department of Biology of the Faculty of Science of Aix-Marseille University (AMU). Education and training involving the latest innovations in an environment of excellence contributes to the development of research and medicine. Thanks to its dynamic environment, IBDM hosts more than 90 students and post-doc researchers coming from numerous different backgrounds in terms of their education and origin. For PhD students, there are several possibilities in regards to funding. They can receive grants from the Graduate School of Life and Health Sciences of Aix-Marseille University. Thanks to its scientific excellence, the institute has also its own grants from its doctoral programs like INFORM and from other foundations  (FRM, the cancer league or CIFRE industrial research agreements). At IBDM, all PhD students benefit from individualized training and privileged monitoring. A thesis committee composed of three researchers or more helps to optimize thesis realisation and to detect potential problems to be solved as soon as possible.

IBDM teacher referents

The interaction between teaching and research for the IBDM is assured by the presence of a university teaching team with, in addition, a strong contribution from research personnel. Representing all the key disciplines of the Institute, they have an essential role in ensuring that what is being taught in the Department of Biology reflects the major research activities of the teams of the IBDM.
Thus, developmental biology, neurobiology, physiology and genetics are key elements in both the Licences and the Masters offered to students at Luminy. In addition all students are taught bioinformatics and physics, two subjects with an increasing importance for biologists. The aim of this education is to provide students with a conceptual and methodological expertise in the field of biology combined with other disciplines. “Learning by doing” education completes the training by teaching students to reflect on the development and implementation of research projects.

Members

  Anaïs Bellon   Céline Burckle Xavier Caubit Matthieu Cavey Sophie Chauvet Laurence Had Aissouni Philippe Kachidian Leopold Kurz Sylviane Lortet Irène Marics Corinne Maurel Zaffran Pierre Recouvreux Thomas Rival
Julien Royet
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Julien Royet

University lecturer

Julien is a professor of Cell biology and head of the Development and Immunology Master Program at Aix Marseille University. He is working on the mechanisms of innate immunity in Drosophila melanogaster. He received his PhD degree from the University of Lyon, France, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, and at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. From 1999 to 2005, he worked at the Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire in Strasbourg, France.

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emmanuelle Renard

University lecturer

Anaïs Bellon
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Anaïs Bellon

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Nicolas Bertrand

University lecturer

Céline Burckle
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Céline Burckle

University lecturer

Xavier Caubit
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Xavier Caubit

University lecturer

Matthieu Cavey
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Matthieu Cavey

University lecturer

Sophie Chauvet
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Sophie Chauvet

University lecturer

Laurence Had Aissouni
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Laurence Had Aissouni

University lecturer

Philippe Kachidian
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Philippe Kachidian

University lecturer

Leopold Kurz
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Leopold Kurz

University lecturer

Leo, University lecturer, joined the lab on September 2012 coming from the field of innate immunity in C. elegans. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the Bachelor and Master levels, Leo is trying to understand why an overactivation of the immune response can have, like in humans, detrimental effects on the fly's fitness.

Sylviane Lortet
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Sylviane Lortet

University lecturer

Irène Marics
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Irène Marics

University lecturer

Corinne Maurel Zaffran
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Corinne Maurel Zaffran

University lecturer

Corinne Maurel-Zaffran obtained her PhD in 1997 from the University of Aix-Marseille II. Following two post docs at New York University Medical center and University of Paris 6, Corinne joined the team in September 2003 as assistant Professor and is teaching genetics and molecular biology at the bachelor and master levels. Background and main expertise: developmental gene regulation, drosophila molecular genetics and imaging.

Pierre Recouvreux
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Pierre Recouvreux

University lecturer

Pierre joined the lab in September 2013 as a University lecturer. He studied physics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France) before focusing his research on the physics of biological systems. Pierre completed his PhD at the Institut Curie (Paris, France) working on the mechanical properties of single chromatin fibers using magnetic tweezers (under the supervision of J-L. Viovy). In 2010, he joined the group of Marileen Dogterom (AMOLF Insitute, Amsterdam) as a postdoctoral researcher. He worked on the microtubule-based establishment of polarization in fission yeast cells. In the group Pierre is now working on the physical aspects of neurulation in Caenorhabditis elegans embryos, in collaboration with the group of Vincent Bertrand at the IBDM.

Thomas Rival
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Thomas Rival

University lecturer

Thomas, University lecturer, joined the team on September 2007. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the Bachelor and Master levels, Thomas has recently decided to use the power of Drosophila genetic to decipher the molecular mechanisms that control mitochondria dynamics in vivo. He has developed tools that allow him to visualize mitochondria fusion and fission events in vivo and to identify the proteins that regulate this process.