André Le Bivic
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André Le BivicDirector of the CNRS Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB)

The director of the Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille (IBDM), André Le Bivic is a CNRS exceptional grade senior researcher specialising in the cellular biology of epithelia. After earning a PhD at the Université d’Aix-Marseille II, he began his career at the CNRS in 1988. After a postdoctoral internship in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at Cornell University Medical College in New York (US), he headed a research group on epithelial polarity at the Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille-Luminy (southeastern France). Appointed senior researcher in 1999, then deputy scientific director of life sciences at the CNRS in 2006 and deputy scientific director of the CNRS Institute of Biological Sciences in 2011, he has also served as CNRS scientific leader of the ATIP-AVENIR programme since 2009. A member of the scientific board of Vaincre la Mucoviscidose (an association to combat cystic fibrosis) from 2004 to 2010, he has also been sitting on the scientific board of the Ligue Nationale contre le Cancer since 2012. The co-author of 90 publications and laureate of the Madame Jules Martin Prize of the French Academy of Sciences in 2017, André Le Bivic has been the director of the CNRS Institute of Biological Sciences since 1 February, 2019.


Develop and coordinate biological research that aims to elucidate the complex mechanisms of life, from atoms to biomolecules, from cells to entire organisms and populations.

Areas of research

  • Molecular and structural biology, biochemistry
  • Genetics, genomics
  • Cellular biology and development
  • Integrative plant biology
  • Physiology, ageing, tumorigenesis
  • The neurosciences, cognition
  • Immunology, host-pathogen interactions
  • Pharmacology, bioengineering

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