Launched in 2018, the IMCBio University Research School is designed to provide high-level research training in biology for future researchers. With the aim of training them in research through research within the IMCBio interdisciplinary thematic institute, the IMCBio EUR relies on a community made up of experts, scientists, 4 laboratories of excellence as well as state-of-the-art equipment.

Learning about biology research in an environment that promotes interdisciplinarity

The IMCBio University Research School (EUR) was created in 2018 under the direction of Bertrand Séraphin (IGBMC) and Nicolas Matt (IBMC) with the support of the University of Strasbourg, the CNRS and Inserm. The project is based on the graduate school model, with the triple ambition of strongly linking training to research, enhancing the thematic strengths of the Strasbourg site and contributing to its international influence. From now on, EUR IMCBio will be integrated into the ITI of the same name, which provides a stimulating scientific environment.

The EUR IMCBio aims to attract the best students by offering training in research by research in order to train a new generation of scientists capable of working at the interfaces of different fields of biology. This training circuit, original in its transversality, is positioned at the crossroads of different disciplinary fields:

  • cellular and molecular biology ;
  • structural biology ;
  • biochemistry and biophysics ;
  • genetics ;
  • neurobiology ;
  • developmental biology ;
  • immunology ;
  • vegetal biology.

What is a graduate school?

29 French-style graduate schools were launched in 2018 under the name École universitaire de recherche (EUR). They were designed to :

  • Train future scientists in direct contact with research actors;
  • Bring together a community of scientists to work together on a research theme;
  • Improve the national and international visibility of French scientists and research.

Training in biology research within structures of national and international scope

Five institutes, three infrastructures and state-of-the-art equipment involved

The IMCBio EUR is supported by structures renowned for the excellence of their research:

Strong involvement of the IGBMC through its research teams and platforms

Researchers and teacher-researchers from the IGBMC are involved in the IMCBio programme courses. These scientific and technical teaching modules are based on the research themes for which our Institute is renowned:  

  • gene expression: transcription, epigenetics, translation...
  • structural and integrative biology ;
  • creation and phenotyping of transgenic mice ;
  • human genetic diseases and cancers.

Visits to platforms and training by their staff are also included (Mouse Clinical Institute, High Throughput Sequencing, Structural Biology and Genomics, Proteomics, Imaging, High Throughput Screening).

A programme from Master to PhD level

The programme is divided into Master's and PhD levels and includes:

  • Master :  
    • internships in 2 of the 5 institutes participating in the EUR, with 2 internships in M1 and one in M2 ;
    • complementary training modules to the existing Masters courses ;
    • summer schools, seminars and workshops throughout the course.
  • PhD :  
    • a high-level training programme, provided by numerous researchers and engineers for the doctorate ;
    • mobility opportunities during the PhD.




Master level

  1. 1st step: April: Online registration in the Master course of your choice in the Faculty of Life Sciences (via E-Candidat) ;
  2. 2nd step: Tick your wish to join the EUR IMCBio in your wish list when you apply online ;
  3. 3rd step: End of June: Selection of candidates for admission to the Master's programme ;
  4. 4th step: For candidates admitted to the Master's programme and preselected for admission to the EUR, possible audition ;
  5. 5th step: Mid/late July: Selection of candidates for the EUR 2021-2022 class.

Doctoral level

  1.  1st step: December-January: Online registration in the IMCBio PhDCall website ;
  2.  2nd step: March-April: Online audition with members of the IMCBio Doctoral Committee ;
  3.  3rd step: End of May - beginning of June: Successful candidates audition in front of the full IMCBio Doctoral Committee and visit the host teams ;
  4.  4th step: Beginning of July: inform the candidates of the outcome of the call and ask for confirmation from the selected candidates before the date of the ED competition (inform the LabEx of the selected candidates, for the preparation of the contracts), ask the laureates if they wish to benefit from the mature your PhD programme ;
  5.  5th step: July: Registration at the University of Strasbourg ;
  6.  6th step: October: Start of the thesis.