The Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMC) hosts three research units affiliated to the National Institute of Biological Sciences of the CNRS. Created in 1974 in the heart of the Esplanade campus in downtown Strasbourg, this federative institute is also supported by the University of Strasbourg and INSERM. It houses more than two hundred researchers, university faculty members, engineers, technicians, post-docs and PhD or master students.
The IBMC carries fundamental research of excellence at the interface of molecular and cellular biology, immunology, chemistry and biophysics, more particularly in the context of infectious diseases and resistance to infections. The research units use and develop cutting-edge technologies ranging from high-resolution structural biology to integrative physiology in vivo, including the development of multifunctional nanomaterials for therapeutic purposes. The main areas of research addressed are the biology of RNA in infectious diseases, the regulation of gene expression in response to abiotic and biotic stresses, innate and adaptive immunity and their deregulation in disease, the transmission of infectious diseases by mosquitoes.
IBMC is home to high-tech platforms, including mass spectrometry applied to the characterization of interactomes, the SPF animal facility and the insectarium dedicated to studies on infectious disease, which are open to the academic and private scientific community. Its exceptional scientific environment favors collaborations and technology transfer.