Gilles Mirambeau

Maître de conférences, Sorbonne Université

Being a teen-ager, I have been very impressed in 1974 by René Dumont and the concept of ecology. But I started my studies dedicated to Biochemistry in 1977 at UPMC Paris 6. Then I became a molecular biologist with a permanent position since 1984 at the UMPC Sorbonne Universités having a global expertise about DNA, RNA, proteins and nucleoprotein assemblies. Beside my teaching, I have been working in several research centers including Institut Pasteur, Institut Gustave Roussy and IDIBAPS (Barcelona).

Having an irrepressible vocation for making science at the frontiers of knowledge in a multidisciplinary and cooperative atmosphere, I focused my research during the 80s on the unexpected highly tensed state of the DNA found in the extremophilic archaesl. Then I switched to HIV and its macromolecular machine in the early 90s. Following my teaching activity at UPMC, I jumped from Paris to Barcelona in 2006, working closer to the clinicians to follow my research until 2016 upon the HIV machine looking also for new pharmacological anti-HIV approaches.

Since the mid-90s, I am also teaching HIV at the molecular and cellular level focused on its mesoscopic dimension (100 nanometer-scale). More recently, I have also directed my attention to extracellular vesicles, a missing link between molecular and cellular biology combined with physiology. The huge collection of published work upon HIV and its environment gave me a complete transversal knowledge that I hope to apply soon to other biological models, especially those where only few information is available.

From 2013 to 2017, I have been also a science activist linked to the European association EuroScience, being promoter of: - the EuroScientist webzine, - the grassroots scientific community "Homo scientificus europaeus" , - the open letter “They have chosen ignorance” in October 2014, - the European Marches for Science, especially in Spain, in April 2017. In April 2018 I have joined the new spanish association for the advancement of science (AEAC) to helpt its development and in July, I have cor-organized an ESOSF session abotu the lost generation of European scientists.

I am now close to start a new research career dedicated to looking for the marine plankton, its extracellular vesicles and its viruses.


  • –present
    Professor of Molecular Biology, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) – Sorbonne Universités


  • 1981 
    Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Biochemistry
  • France, Paris & Espagne, Barcelone
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