Biological and medical sciences

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The aim of this department is to create synergies between its research units in order to contribute to major biological advances and to the medicine of the future.

Composed of 6 research units focused on understanding the basic mechanisms of cellsphysiology and physiopathology, and 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 paediatric, 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 ageing, are inherently multidisciplinary and thus interact with and further develop research in human and social sciences or technologies conducted by several 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.


  • Alain-Pierre Gadeau


  • Katia Boniface

    Assistant director

  • Thierry Noël

    Assistant director

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  • Valérie Oudot

    Department Steering Support

  • Candice Menegon

    Communications Manager

    +33 (0)5 56 33 33 52

  • Alexandra Prevot

    Departmental Administrative Assistant
    Carreire Zone Nord, Bât AD, 1er étage, Bureau 108
    33076 Bordeaux CEDEX

    +33 (0)5 57 57 95 60

  • Jean-François Bauger

    Scientific Outreach Coordinator


The department's research activities form a continuum, which can be divided into the following research areas:

  • Cancer
    Oncology in Bordeaux is based on a strong interdisciplinary approach. It stands on 3 main pillars: fundamental, translational and technological research as well as on an interest in patients ranging from very young children to the elderly. It has been awarded the French certification of Integrated Research Site in Oncology (SIRIC) and been named Bordeaux Integrated Research in Oncology (BRIO). It also benefits from the input of highly-skilled researchers in social and human sciences as well as epidemiology. That research theme is also part of a very active regional network called Oncosphère, 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 characterised by diversity and interaction on a national level, especially with the LabEx Parafrap (French Parasitology Alliance for Healthcare) 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 campus is home to prominent research teams in these fields.
  • Rare and inflammatory diseases 
    The Bordeaux campus has developed expertise in rare diseases, with 15 reference centres in France. Research is highly developed in this field, involving several departmental laboratories whether in oncology, genetic, metabolic or autoimmune diseases.
    The department's research is characterised by several interdisciplinary themes, such as metabolism, ageing or cell functioning. Many of these research projects are conducted in connection with clinical research, mainly within University Hospital Federations (FHU) like ACRONIM and SMART.

Major Research Programmes (GPR) and Impulsion Research Networks (RRI)

The department is associated with a Major Research Programme (GPR):

and the Impulsion Research Network:

It coordinates the Impulsion Research Network (RRI):

  • NEWMOON - NEW Models in Oncology coordinated by Julie Dechanet, CNRS researcher in the ImmunoConcEpt laboratory (Immunology from concept and experiments to translation - CNRS and University of Bordeaux)
    Other research departments involved: Health sciences and technology, Engineering and digital sciences, Bordeaux Neurocampus, Material and light sciences
    Other organisations involved: BRIC, CBIB, CBMN, CELIA, IBGC, ICMCB, IINS, IMB, ImmunoConcEpT, INCIA, LP2I Bordeaux, LCPO, LP2N

Key figures

  • 6

    research units

    and 1 research support unit

  • 450


    incl. 155 lecturer-researchers, 103 EPST researchers, 150 ITA & BIATSS, 40 post-doctoral researchers

  • 1

    doctoral school

    100 doctoral students

Organisation and partners

Department units

Ce département est composé de 6 unités de recherche et d'1 unité d'appui et de recherche en rattachement principal.

Unités de recherche

Unité d'appui et de recherche

  • TBM-Core (UAR 3427 - UBx, CNRS & US 005 UBx, Inserm)


Conseil de composante

Il est composé de 25 membres, dont

  • 14 représentants des personnels enseignants-chercheurs et chercheurs, élus parmi les  personnels des composantes du département, selon des modalités électives propres à chaque composante. La ventilation des sièges par composantes du département est définie en annexe ;
  • 7 représentants des personnels BIATSS, élus parmi les personnels des composantes du département, selon des  modalités électives propres à chaque composante. La ventilation des sièges titulaires et suppléants par composantes du département est définie en annexe ;
  • 2 représentants des doctorants, élus parmi les doctorants des composantes du département ;
  • Le délégué régional de l’Inserm et celui du CNRS ou leurs représentants.

Comité des directeurs

Il est composé des 6 directeurs d’unité et de personnalités invitées (responsable formation doctorale...).

Conseil scientifique

Le directeur, après avis du comité des directeurs, soumet une proposition de conseil scientifique à l'approbation par le conseil de composante concernant le nom des 5 personnalités extérieures.


Centre de bioinformatique de Bordeaux (CBiB)


Localisation associée :

SMB Department
Bât 1A, 2e étage
Carreire Zone Nord - Case 53, 146, rue Léo Saignat
33076 Bordeaux CEDEX


Infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases, rare diseases, autoimmune diseases, skin diseases, solid and haematological cancers, paediatric patients, elderly patients, cardiovascular diseases, ageing, resistance to anti-infective drugs, therapeutic resistance, mitochondria, stem cells, tumour microenvironment, metabolism, cell cycle, cell death, cell signalling, angiogenesis, blood-brain barrier, microbes molecular imaging, cell culture, modelling, experimental models, translational research, theranostics, biotherapies, epistemology, philosophy of biology and medicine, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, genetics, dermatology, oncology.