The department’s primary goal is to study the interface between microorganisms, cells and tissues.

The Cell Biology and Infection Department is chaired by Marc Lecuit.

To understand infection mechanisms, we need to explore in depth how cells and tissues function, in their physiological context, in presence of commensal microbes, and during infection. Three complementary priorities are identified:

  • stepping up efforts to integrate cell biology, microbiology, genomics and imaging with a view to improving investigation of bacterial, viral, parasitic and prion infections;
  • developing expertise in tissue biology using increasingly sophisticated in vivo imaging technologies to improve understanding of infection at the whole-animal scale;
  • developing synergistic interactions with immunologists and cell biologists in other departments.

These activities are closely related to the development of new techniques such as imaging, image analysis, genomics and post-genomics.

BCI Departmental Retreat October 2019 in Sant Feliu de Guixols (Spain)



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