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The 2 Institutes


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The Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) is a research center for integrated structural biology funded by the CEA, the CNRS and the University Grenoble Alpes (Unite Mixte de Recherche, UMR 5075).

The Institute performs interdisciplinary research at the interface of biology, physics and chemistry, and combines:

  • basic science
  • applied science and
  • technical innovation

The IBS employs approximately 270 people and comprises eighteen groups. IBS scientists are active in training of undergraduate, master and PhD students and more than 20 Professors and Assistant Professors teach at the University Grenoble Alpes.


Institut de Biosciences et Biotechnologies de Grenoble (BIG) 


Biosciences and Biotechnology Institute of Grenoble – Biosciences and Biotechnology Institute of GrenobleSince January 2011, our institute is structured into four research units: two joint units involving CEA, Inserm and the University of Grenoble Alpes​, and two involving CEA, CNRS and the University of Grenoble. Within this framework, all of the research projects carried out are organized around a structural theme: “Inspired by the architectures of life“.

At the heart of the institute research facilities, the Large-Scale Biology (BGE) laboratory is studying biological problems (particularly in the cancer domain) from a technological and methodological angle (proteomics, RNAi, genetics, high content screening, bioinformatics), which is its specificity and its area of expertise. Interacting closely with BGE, the research of the three other research units concentrate on biological problems and well-identified models. Combining approaches ranging from molecular biology to biomimetic chemistry, the Chemistry and Biology of Metals (CBM) laboratory examine questions relating to the physiological role, structure, chemical reactivity and regulation of biological systems using and transporting metal ions, making use of various biological models (eukaryotes and prokaryotes). The Cell and Plant Physiology (PCV) laboratory puts in place functional and integrative genomics approaches (from the molecule to the organism) in order to study, firstly, cell compartmentalization and the dynamics of plant metabolism, and, secondly, the molecular bases of morphogenesis in animal and plant systems. Finally, the Biology of Cancer and Infection (BCI) laboratory develops a research continuum ranging from an understanding of proteins that are isolated or in complexes, to the application of this understanding to the health domain. The four laboratories have chosen to ensure the originality of the scientific questions being asked and of the strategies being implemented, which gives each of them a specific position in the national scientific landscape.

L’Institut de Biosciences et Biotechnologies de Grenoble (BIG) développe des approches multidisciplinaires dans le but de décrypter les mécanismes moléculaires qui sont mis en jeu par les grands processus biologiques. Grâce aux plateformes de très haute technologie de l’institut et de son environnement, les architectures dynamiques qui composent le Vivant sont étudiées, de l’échelle atomique jusqu’à l’organisme entier. C’est grâce à la connaissance issue de cette approche multi-échelles que sont développés, avec nos partenaires académiques et industriels, de nouveaux dispositifs qui s’inspirent du Vivant. Les ruptures technologiques permises par cette approche bio-inspirée annoncent des retombées prometteuses qui participeront à l’amélioration de la santé et à un plus grand respect de notre environnement.  ​