Isabelle Saves

Isabelle Saves

05 61 55 69 07


Dr Isabelle SAVES, PhD, HDR

Head of International Cooperation at CBI-Toulouse and IPBS

French National Center for Scientific Research / University of Toulouse


After a 15-year experience of research against infectious diseases at the French CNRS, Dr Isabelle Saves turned to international cooperation. Seconded for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, she first focused on setting up and developing the pharmacist training program at the University of Antananarivo (Madagascar). With an additional four-year experience as attaché for scientific and academic affairs at the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao (China), she returned to CNRS - regional delegation of Midi-Pyrénées - on September 2016 as head of the international cooperation of the Centre for Integrative Biology (CBI-Toulouse) and the Institute for Pharmacology and Structural Biology (IPBS), representing 6 joint research units of the CNRS and the University of Toulouse III- Paul Sabatier (University of Toulouse). It is home for more than 600 staff, representing almost 40% of the working force in biological sciences in Toulouse. 

Awarded the Cristal medal of the CNRS in 2020

Education - Training                                                                                

2002   Authorization to Direct Research projects (HDR) by the University of Toulouse, France

1995   Ph. D in Molecular Pharmacology, University of Toulouse, France

1992   Postgraduate degree in Microbiology, University of Toulouse, France

Graduate Engineering degree in Biotechnology at INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) Toulouse, France


From Sept 2016: Head of the international cooperation of the Federation of Research in Biology of Toulouse

2013-2016 :  Four-year experience as Attachée for scientific and academic affairs, Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao, seconded to the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

creation and development of cooperation projects between universities from France and Hong Kong

2010-2012: Three-year experience as Responsible for International Relationships of the Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology (I.P.B.S.)/ CNRS-University of Toulouse, France

2007-2009: Two-year experience in International Cooperation for Development as expert of the Cooperation and Culture Department at the Embassy of France in Madagascar, employed by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

technical, logistical and financial coordination of the public-private partnership aimed to create and develop the School of Pharmacy of Antananarivo University.

1992-2007:  Fifteen-year experience as researcher in Biological Sciences

Publications : 1 thesis, 1 research report, 21 international publications, 1 Book Chapter and 3 International Patents

Management : 2 Engineers, 1 PhD student, more than 20 students

Collaborations : Development of 10 national and 3 International fruitful collaborations


  • Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology (I.P.B.S./C.N.R.S.), Toulouse France - Department « Mycobacterial Infections Molecular Mechanisms » CNRS Research Engineer
  • Pasteur Institute of Lille, Toulouse, Laboratoire de Biologie des Régulations chez les Eucaryotes, Industrial Post-doctoral Position for the LIPHA Pharmaceutics (Lyon)
  • Laboratoire de Pharmacologie et Toxicologie Fondamentales (L.P.T.F./C.N.R.S.), Toulouse, PhD Student       

Université Paul Sabatier
118 Route de Narbonne

31062 TOULOUSE Cedex

05 61 33 58 00

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