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Institute of Integrative Cell Biology (I2BC)

Research unit


The Institute of Integrative Cell Biology (I2BC) brings together numerous research teams working on all aspects of the cell, from cell constituents to cell interaction. The institute is divided into five research departments. The first department (B3S) uses many techniques to study biological assemblages at different scales. The Cell Biology department uses numerous eukaryotic models to study the physiological functions of cells. The Department of Genome Biology focuses on the study of genetic material. The Microbiology department is interested in different organisms, such as bacteria, archaea and their viruses, both for their specificities and as models to study biological mechanisms. Finally, the Virology department studies host-virus interactions and processes involved in viral infections.


  • Mr Frédéric BOCCARD

Innovation themes

Map and access

Avenue de la Terrasse

Our research areas


Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology :
- interactions and assemblies of macromolecules, proteins, peptides
- oxidative stress and detoxification
- genome integrity
- membrane and nuclear systems
- bioenergetics

Cell Biology Department :
- cellular communication and compartmentalization
- signage, stress and adaptation

Department Biology of Genomes :
- stability and regulation of the genome
- structure and function of DNA and RNA
- transcription and translation process

Department of Microbiology :
- microbial metabolism
- microbial casings
- interaction of microbes with their hosts and the environment

Virology Department :
- structural virology
- cellular virology
- virus entry mechanisms
- intracellular assembly and transport of viral particles
- innate immunity

Applications sectors

  • Biotechnology
  • Health / wellness
  • Cosmetics

Equipment(s) open to collaboration

The institute brings together many platforms that support research, but can also be used for collaborations or services.


Our results

Valuation offer

The various research departments of the I2BC are rich in know-how and technologies, of which here are some examples:
- microscopies, spectroscopies, crystallography
- genome analysis and modelling
- databases, algorithms and software
- model organizations


Establishments of affiliation