International PhD Program

Marta Kwapisz

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The CBI PhD International program was initiated in 2016 with the creation of the CBI and integrated all PhD students. Ambition of the program is to create the community of well-trained, highly motivated and dynamic young researchers. The CBI PhD program committee, framing the program, is composed of stuff scientist representing all Institutes composing the CBI and supported by its direction. Our aim is to help our PhD students to become a part of a scientific community, to guide them in their career choices and to participate in their training. Based on stimulating and dynamic environment offered by the CBI, the program proposes an in-house training courses, seminars and social events.

Planning of the CBI's year:

To read and meditate : Twenty things I wish I’d known when I started my PhD...


The 1st year PhD Research Day !  15/01/2020

Come to listen and support our newly arrived PhD students who will present their research projects on

Wednesday, January 15th in the IBCG conference room.

This year we propose 4 sessions - PROGRAM

We hope to see many of you!


The CBI PhD Integration Day 2019!  17/10/2019 in Toulouse

The whole day was devoted to welcoming of our new PhD students, to have fun and to discuss science and beyond!

THANK YOU ALL for coming and participating! Special acknowledgement for the Organizing Committee!
Ali, Clair, Laura, Luis, Marianne and Mickaël


The CBI PhD Mentoring!    created by Julie Batut

Do not hesitate to contact Julie if you would like to become a mentor or you need advice. It became doctoral school's module entitled  "Module Mentoring CBI PhD programme" and could be found via Adum!

Our mentoring program includes:

1. Individual meetings and discussions (at least monthly)
2. Round table sessions Program 2019/2020

3. Career Workshop

Mentoring is a timeless concept with roots in ancient history. The word “mentor” comes from The Odyssey by the Greek poet Homer. When Odysseus, King of Ithaca, sailed off with his army to fight in the Trojan War, he entrusted his friend Mentor to care for and educate his son, Telemachus. The word “mentor” eventually came to mean a trusted advisor, counselor, and friend.

The CBI Mentoring pairs new students with faculty mentors that match student interests and needs.

Mentors are: • Advisors, who have career experience and are willing to share their knowledge,
                      • Supporters, who provide emotional and moral encouragement,
                      • Tutors, who give specific feedback on one’s performance,
                      • Supervisors, who monitor their students’ academic and professional progress,
                      • Trainers, who teach students about professional responsibility,
                      • Sponsors, who are sources of information about opportunities and assist students in obtaining them, and
                      • Role models, who exhibit the qualities and ethical values that academics should posses. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (The National Institutes of Health,1999; Zelditch, 2001).

Thursday 23/01 12h30 Salle Vandel - Round table on "Bourses L'Oréal-UNESCO" with Jean-Marc DEVAUD & Sophie VIALAR.


The CBI International PhD Call - PhD recruitment


1. Epigenetics & chromatin biology

How can different cell types exert vastly different functions although they contain the same genomic DNA? How do they store epigenetic information that determines how to interpret their genome? And how is this information copied and transmitted upon cell division? Our lab is interested in these questions and addresses them on the molecular and cellular scale using a combination of single-molecule biophysics and live-cell microscopy. We are seeking a PhD student who is keen on using one or both of these approaches to become part of our team "Mechanisms of chromatin patterning". The advertised PhD position is part of the ERC-funded project entitled “Dynamics of Modified Chromatin Domains”. Depending on the profile and interest of the applicant, it can involve the study of histone modifications in mammalian cells by microscopy and deep sequencing techniques, the alteration of histone modifications by dCas9-based epigenetic editing, and/or the isolation of cellular chromatin for single-molecule studies.

Location and host institution

The project will be conducted in the newly established “Mechanisms of Chromatin Patterning” team at the Center for Integrative Biology (CBI) in Toulouse. The CBI has been established in 2016 and offers a collaborative environment, bringing together more than 400 researchers from different countries and disciplines. Toulouse is a vibrant city that hosts several excellent research institutes and is also known for its historic city center and its attractive location close to the Mediterranean Sea, the Pyrenees mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

Your profile

The successful candidate should have a Master’s degree in natural sciences (e.g. biology) and should have previous experience in the chromatin/epigenetics field. (S)he should be enthusiastic about science and about working in an interdisciplinary research team. Skills in mammalian cell culture, deep sequencing, microscopy or programming are a plus. English language skills are crucial as this is the lab language.



Erdel F. (2017). How communication between nucleosomes enables spreading and epigenetic memory of histone modifications. Bioessays 39(12):1700053.

Erdel F, Kratz K, Willcox S, Griffith JD, Greene EC, de Lange T. (2017). Telomere Recognition and Assembly Mechanism of Mammalian Shelterin. Cell Rep 18(1):41-53.

Rademacher A, Erdel F, Trojanowski J, Schumacher S, Rippe K. (2017). Real-time observation of light-controlled transcription in living cells. J Cell Sci 130(24):4213-24.


Detailed description of the CBI PhD program program here, any questions: 


   in Toulouse, at the Paul Sabatier University and in the CBI...


Ma thèse en 180 secondes  c'est :                                               Only for French-speaking students
• Un véritable défi : intéresser un auditoire profane et diversifié en présentant votre sujet de thèse en seulement 3 minutes chrono !
• Une occasion unique de parfaire vos aptitudes en communication, tout en vous donnant la possibilité de diffuser votre recherche dans l’espace public.

Tentez de décrocher votre place pour la finale nationale organisée par la CPU et le CNRS, et peut-être représenter la France au concours international francophone qui rassemblera les finalistes québécois, français, marocains et belges le 26 septembre 2019 à Dakar.

Le concours « Ma thèse en 180 secondes » vise à informer le grand public de la richesse et de l’intérêt des recherches scientifiques, tout en développant les compétences communicationnelles des doctorants avec le grand public. Le but ? Chaque participant présente, en 3 minutes, un exposé de vulgarisation en français, clair, concis et convaincant sur son projet de recherche. Le tout avec l’appui d’une seule diapositive !

De présentation de MT180 ici
Pour s'inscrire sur ADUM à MT180 ici


Two CBI students are regional finalists of MT180 2019:
Coline MONCHANIN from Martin Giurfa & Jean-Marc Devaud's group

Clair CHAIGNE from Patrick Blader's group.


Alpha T  association of PhD biology students in Toulouse. Do not hesitate to viist their website and participate in upcoming events!








Université Paul Sabatier
118 Route de Narbonne

31062 TOULOUSE Cedex

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