Health sciences and technologies

This department brings together cutting-edge expertise in the fields of biophysics, structural characterization of biological systems, chemistry for living organisms, cell and tissue bioengineering, biomedical imaging and physiopathology. Using multidisciplinary and translational approaches, the research teams in this department aim to increase knowledge in the field of health by associating it with innovative technological developments.

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As part of its scientific programs, the Health sciences and technologies department maintains a unique research continuum on the cellular and molecular aspects of living organisms, that also encompasses clinical applications.

This cross-disciplinary approach is a strong advantage that helps with improving our knowledge of how living things work, confronting the associated technological challenges and addressing major human health issues.


  • Director: Gilles Guichard - CNRS Director of Research (Membrane and nano-object chemistry and biology - CBMN)
  • Deputy director: Hélène Bœuf - CNRS Director of Research (Tissue bioengineering - Biotis)
  • Deputy director: Olivier Bernus - Professor at the University of Bordeaux (Bordeaux Cardiothoracic Research Center - CRCTB and Electrophysiology and Heart Modeling Institute - IHU Liryc)


The researchers in this department are developing an ambitious, multidisciplinary and translational research program that addresses the major societal issues in the field of health. Chemists, biologists, physicists, physiologists, pharmacologists, bioimaging specialists and clinicians work together to improve our understanding of living organisms and propose new therapeutic solutions.

These research topics are grouped around five main themes:

  • Biophysics and structures of complex assemblies
  • Chemistry-biology, bioinspired chemistry and vectorization
  • Cellular and tissue bioengineering
  • Biomedical imaging
  • Physiopathology and translational research

Key figures

  • 5 research units, 2 project structures, 4 platforms
  • 3 doctoral schools & 99 doctoral students; 447 staff incl. 193 researchers and lecturer-researchers
  • 8 companies/start-ups, a hosted transfer center

Component structures of the departement

This department is composed of 5 primary units.

Primary units

Two other structures are also associated with this department:


Department council

The council is composed of 25 members, including 13 lecturer-researchers, 8 support staff and 4 doctoral students and post-doctoral students.


  • Biophysical-Chemistry of Structures Platform of the European Institute of Chemistry and Biology, Dir. Rémi Fronzes, UMS 3033/US001 (IECB)
  • Biomedical Imaging Platform, Dir. Sylvain Miraux, UMS 3767 (IBIO)
  • Technological Platform for Biomedical Innovation, Dir. Pierre Dos Santos (PTIB)
  • Technological Innovations Module (IT) of the Bordeaux Center for Clinical Investigation, Dir. Laurence Bordenave (CIC 14.01)

Doctoral schools


  • Bordeaux University Hospital

Updated on 07/05/2020


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Biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, chemistry of life, organic chemistry, chemobiology, vectorization, biomaterials, biological matrices, stem cells, tissue regeneration, diagnostic and interventional MRI, instrumentation and multi-modality, physiopathology, cardiac, vascular, pulmonary and bone imaging and therapeutics.