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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 now Sorbonne Universités having a global expertise about DNA, RNA, proteins and nucleoprotein assemblies, and acting as a teacher at the Master of Molecular and Cellular Biology (BMC)
Beside my teaching, I have been working in several research centers between Paris, Villejuif and 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 archeae living at high temperature. Then I switched to HIV and its macromolecular machine in the early 90s at Institut Pasteur and Institut Gustave Roussy. Following my teaching activity at UPMC, I jumped from Paris to Barcelona, where I have been engaged at IDIBAPS from 2007 to August 2016 in my slow and non-dogmatic research about the HIV viral machine but associated to a clinical research team.Since January 2013 up to October 2017, I was deeply involved as a science activist in EuroScience and its digital magazine, EuroScientist, being in 2014 the promoter of the open letter "They have chosen ignorance" published in many EU daily news. Since April 2018, I am involved in supporting the development of the spanish association AEAC, inspired like EuroScience by the AAAS model, when I co-organized a special session at the 2018 ESOF meeting in Toulouse focusing on the lost generation of European scientists.
I am starting now new challenges with the marine plankton and its viruses with the support of the Sorbonne University - an academic project at the Oceanographic Observatory of Banyuls about picophytoplankton-associated viruses and extracellular vesicles; - a "citizen science"· project, Plankton Planet, dedicated to sample plankton over the seas amplifying the paradigmatic approach created by Tara and the Tara Ocean foundation.  Let's go to Molecular Ecology!


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


  • 1981 
    Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Biochemistry