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Composed of 11 research units focused on understanding the basic mechanisms of cells, physiology and physiopathology, as well as one service unit, the Biological and medical sciences department is dedicated to developing innovations that will be an integral part of the medicine of the future. It includes research on host-microorganism relationships, immune and vascular systems, rare and inflammatory diseases and cancer. This multidisciplinary department boasts a diversity of conceptual and methodological approaches offering researchers multiple opportunities for interaction, technological and scientific innovation, and transfer to clinical conditions for pediatric, adult or elderly patients. Its activities are based in particular on a joint service of high-quality technological platforms.

The common themes explored in the department, such as cancer and aging, are inherently multidisciplinary and thus interact with and further develop the research conducted in human and social sciences and technologies, disciplines that are managed by other departments.

The biological and medical sciences department strives to provide top-level training for doctoral students, particularly in genetics, cell biology, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, physiopathology and oncology, and to achieve international visibility for its research and innovations.


Director: Alain-Pierre Gadeau


The department's research activities are divided into a continuum which can be organized according to the following themes:

  • Cancer
    Oncology in Bordeaux is based on a strong interdisciplinary approach. It is based on 3 main pillars of fundamental, translational and technological research as well as on an interest in patients ranging from the very young children to the elderly. It has been awarded the French certification of Integrated Research Site in Oncology (SIRIC) and has been named Bordeaux Integrated Research in Oncology (BRIO). It benefits from the input of highly-skilled researchers in social and human sciences and epidemiology. This research theme is also part of a very active regional network called Oncosphere, which the department leads.
  • Host/micro-organism relations
    From the most fundamental research through to clinical applications, particularly on antibiotic resistance, research in Bordeaux is characterized by diversity and interaction on a national level, in particular with the LabEx ParaFrap (French Parasitology Alliance For Health Care) network. Its teams work in the fields of parasitology, virology, bacteriology and host-pathogen relations.
  • Immune and vascular systems
    Today, with the growing awareness of the decisive role of the environment and the importance of the immune system on health, particular attention is given to understanding cellular interactions in the functioning of the immune and vascular systems in illnesses. The Bordeaux site is home to prominent research teams in these fields.
  • Rare diseases, inflammatory diseases
    The Bordeaux site has developed expertise in rare diseases, with 15 national reference centers. Research activity is highly developed in this field, involving several laboratories in the department in oncology and genetic, metabolic and autoimmune diseases.
    The department’s research is characterized by several overarching themes, such as metabolism, aging and the functioning of cells. Many of these research projects are conducted in connection with clinical research, particularly in the ACRONIM and SMART University Hospital Federations (FHU).

Key figures

  • 17 joint research units, 2 proper research units, 2 joint service units, 1 hosting team, 1 earth sciences observatory
  • 4 doctoral schools & 990 doctoral students
  • 1,600 staff incl. 500 lecturer-researchers and affiliates

Component structures of the department

This department is composed of 11 primary units.

Primary units


Component council

The council is composed of 22 members, including 12 lecturer-researchers and researchers, 6 support staff, 2 doctoral students and 2 external members.

Directors' committee

The committee is made up of the 12 unit directors, host teams and guest members (doctoral training manager, graduate research program manager, etc.)

Scientific council

After obtaining the opinion of the Director’s committee, the director submits a proposal with the names of 5 external members for a scientific advisory board for approval by the Component council.


  • TBM Core (CNRS UMS 3427 - Inserm US 005)

Doctoral schools


Updated on 15/09/2021


Virginie Rocher
Administrative & financial management / communication

Building 1A, 2nd floor
Carreire Zone Nord - Case 53, 146, rue Léo Saignat
33076 Bordeaux Cedex

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Infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases, rare diseases, autoimmune diseases, skin diseases, solid and hematological cancers from children to elderly patients, cardiovascular diseases, aging, resistance to anti-infectives, therapeutic resistance. Mitochondria, stem cells, tumor microenvironment, metabolism, cell cycle, cell death, cell signaling, angiogenesis, blood-brain barrier, microbes. Molecular imaging, cell culture, modeling, experimental models, translational research, theranostics, biotherapies, epistemology, philosophy of biology and medicine, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, genetics, dermatology, oncology.