The PIBnet program aims at harmonizing microbial strain biobanking and analytical methods deployed within the microbiological expertise laboratories in Paris and throughout the International Network of Institut Pasteur. It is a large collaborative program that involves National Reference Centers and World Health Organization collaborative Centers, in France and in the International Network of Institut Pasteur, the Biological Resource Center of Institut Pasteur, Biological Resources Centers and Collections of microorganisms in the International Network of Institut Pasteur, and the Laboratory for Urgent Response to Biological Threats.
The Mutualized Platform for Microbiology has been implemented for this ambitious program.
Cutting-edge strain characterization methods such as high-throughput sequencing, transcriptomics, metabolomics and high-throughput phenotyping are used for applications in epidemiological surveillance, reference characterization of pathogenic strains, evolutionary studies and pathogenesis research. Bioinformatics tools and databases are developed in collaboration with the Center for Bioinformatics, Biostatistics and Integrative Biology (C3BI) to create a unified repository of the Institut Pasteur’s biological resources enriched with genomics and other biological information relevant to public health, biological research and industrial applications.
The main entities involved in the project on the campus are: