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Integrative molecular and cellular biology (ImcBio)


An unprecendeted training program focused on Integrative Molecular and Cellular Biology, gathering:

  • 4 host institutes (IGBMC, IBMC, IBMP and GMGM), which covers all areas of molecular and cellular biology at the levels of molecular factors, genes, cells and organisms from model systems to diseases
  • 3 laboratories of excellence (LabEx): INRT (Integrative biology: Nuclear dynamics, Regenerative and Translational medicine), MitoCross (Mitochondria-nucleus Cross-talk) and NetRNA (Networks of regulatory RNAs across kingdoms and dynamical responses to biotic and abiotic stresses)
  • Cutting-edge technological resources of national infrastructure in health biology
  • The insectarium I2MC, an equipment of excellence (EquipEx)
  • High-level research projects in a stimulating and interdisciplinary environment

For whom?

Undergraduate and graduate students with a strong motivation for research & interested in different areas of biological sciences.


  • A high-level training program for masters & PhD students
  • Add-on training modules at master level
  • Additional internships in laboratories
  • Summer school for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Summer internship for international students

Education & training program

The IMCBio graduate school is aimed at students with a strong motivation for research to train future researchers able to work at interfaces in biological sciences.

Undergraduate summer school

Presentation of LabEx research programs

Scientific courses

International summer internship

2 months

Grants for Master (year 1) students internship abroad

Grants to attract external Master (year 1) students

Graduate summer school

Presentation of LabEx research programs

Scientific conferences

Research project preparation & presentation

Grants up to 3600€ moving installation expenses for external thesis students who have passed the entrance selection Red Carpet

PhD training program

Courses with free registration for the PhD students

Scientific workshops and soft skills courses

Specific training

Thesis prize

Admission criteria

At Master level

Pre-requisite Bachelor of Sciences. For the rest of the procedure see website igbmc.fr

At PhD level

Open high level recruitment: IMCBio students, students from other French Universities, and international applicants by the IMCBio PhD committee with strong attractivity effect via the PhD call application online : imcbio-phdprogram.unistra.fr

Key figures

Good to know

  • 1 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medecine, 1 Lasker prize, 2 Louis Jeantet prizes…
  • 7 members at the Sciences and Medicine academies
  • 2 professors at the Collège de France
  • 4 host institutes (IGBMC, IBMC, IBMP, GMGM)
  • 67 research teams
  • 850 PhD students since 2012
  • 17 master students for the first year of the international IMCBio graduate school
  • 10 students for the summer internship every year


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