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Launch of the IMCBio Graduate School

The 2018 promotion of the IMCBio Master's degree

Nov. 23, 2018

The IMCBio (Integrative Molecular and Cellular Biology) Graduate School aims to train a new generation of researchers interested in interfaces in biological sciences. The official launch of this innovative training project will take place in the presence of Michel Deneken, the President of the University of Strasbourg, Jules Hoffmann, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, together with members of the management of the State Major Investment Programmes at the National Research Agency, on Wednesday 28 November at 10am at the University Palace in Strasbourg. During this meeting, the various stages of the implementation of this major project and its objectives of training excellence through research will be presented.


Learning research by doing

Through multiple internships in laboratories, complementary training modules at master's level, summer schools, and a high-level doctoral training program, IMCBio aims to train students with a strong motivation for research to become future researchers interested in interfaces in biological sciences. With the joint support of the University of Strasbourg (Faculty of Life Sciences and Doctoral School of Life and Health), the CNRS and the Inserm, this project, which is based on the graduate school model, has three objectives: to strongly link training to research, to enhance the strengths of the scientific themes of Strasbourg and Illkirch sites and to contribute to its international influence.


An attractive training program

In this context, 17 students in their first year of Master's degree were selected for their first term in September 2018. "A successful and remarkable start to the school year,  says Bertrand Séraphin, Director of the Institute of Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC) and Project Director. We have received requests not only from French and foreign students who would like to join the course next academic year, but also from other institutions interested in this innovative teaching model.” Thanks to the support of the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Strasbourg, the first class of IMCBio students has already benefited from high-level scientific seminars in different disciplines. Nicolas Matt, co-director of the project and professor-researcher at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMC, M3I), has planned to open the ethics seminar he organizes to all students in biology courses. "The budget of the graduate school allows us to invite researchers at the forefront of their field and we obviously want to make it available to the entire community," he asserts before adding: "There will also be training courses that will restricted to smaller numbers of students and will be reserved for IMCBio students.”

From 2019, the prestigious IMCBio programme will be open to doctoral students and should enable development of competitive research projects over three years. 



The IMCBio Graduate School

Based on a strategic grouping of Strasbourg's molecular and cellular biology strengths from three laboratories of excellence (LabEx INRT, NetRNA and MitoCross) with the help of state-of-the-art technological tools, five National Infrastructures in Health Biology (CELPHEDIA/PHENOMIN, FRISBI, France Genomics, Ingestem and IFB at the IGBMC) as well as the new insectarium (Equipex I2MC at the IBMC), this innovative training project with a budget of €6,282,000 is one of the four graduate schools winners supported by the University of Strasbourg.



Project Director: Bertrand Séraphin, Research Director, CNRS

Co-director of the project: Nicolas Matt, Senior Lecturer, University of Strasbourg

Project Coordinator: Pauline Vorburger, p.vorburger@unistra.fr

LabEx representatives: INRT (Bertrand Séraphin), MitoCross (Ivan Tarassov), NetRNA (Pascale Romby)

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