Understanding the functioning of living organisms is the ambition of the Centre for Integrative Biology (CBI) in Toulouse. To achieve this goal, the CBI develops multidisciplinary, multi-scale approaches, from isolated molecules to whole organisms and animal societies, and uses numerous model organisms, from bacteria to humans.
At its origin in 2016, the Federation of Research in Fundamental Biology was created under the supervision of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier (UPS). Today, the CBI brings together more than 400 people, working in 38 research groups, in three laboratories: Microbiology (LMGM), Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCD), and Animal Cognition (CRCA).
CBI groups, platforms and services are composed of researchers, faculty members, PhD and post-doctoral students, administrative and technical staff, not only from the CNRS, but also from the University and INSERM, making it one of the most important scientific research centres in France.
Seven themes structure the research developed at the CBI :
- Microbial systems
- Biology of RNA and ribonucleoprotein complexes
- Organization, dynamics and evolution of chromosomes
- Cell cycle, cell dynamics and mechanics
- Stem cells and developmental biology
- Molecular and cellular neurobiology
- Cognitive processes and behaviour
This research is in line with societal issues such as health and well-being, medicine of the future and artificial intelligence, as defined by our supervisory bodies, the Occitanie region and more broadly Europe.
The centre offers research groups an environment at the cutting edge of technology, thanks to 5 research support services and 8 technological platforms featuring innovative equipment, particularly in life imaging and electron microscopy, image analysis, bioinformatics and behaviour analysis (see Organisation chart).
As a recognised training centre, the CBI welcomes many students and trainees every year. It contributes especially to the training of masters and PhD students, and post-doctoral researchers. It offers a mentoring programme to guide and support young colleagues in achieving their professional goals. The CBI also plays a major role in teaching, from bachelor's to master's degrees, with nearly 50 professors and lecturers in a wide range of fields at the Paul Sabatier University. CBI groups are attached to the doctoral schools of Biology, Health, Biotechnology (BSB), Ecological Sciences, Veterinary, Agronomy and Bioengineering (SEVAB), and the University Research School (EUR) Cancer, Aging and Rejuvenation (CARE).
CBI research groups also benefit from a highly collaborative and innovative scientific environment, thanks to location on the main campus of the Université Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier, which offers multidisciplinary training in the fields of science, health, engineering, technology and sports. Interdisciplinary approaches with physics, mathematics, nanotechnology, computer science and chemistry are promoted and developed. The Paul Sabatier University also includes two university hospitals. The CBI is a member of the Toulouse Biologie-Santé network, dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge and information, in a coordinated manner between the various centres involved in the field of biological and health research.