Conferences at IRIM

All seminars and conferences at the IRIM laboratory take place every Friday at 11:00 AM in the meeting room "Marcel Dorée". Seminars are either presented by the IRIM teams (internal seminars) or given by external speakers (invited seminars, see below).

In 2019, the IRIM has also launched a new seminar series, aiming at providing experience and feedbacks from people with successfull and interesting careers outside academia, and who previously did a PhD and a postdoc (or several postdocs!). The 'Career outside academia’ seminars will be held for PhD students and postdocs only, in a informal and relaxed context and any type of questions/discussions will be welcome. More information here.


Future seminars:

  • Dr. Coralie Daussy (MFP - Bordeaux). "Viral control by Adenovirus of the cellular membrane damage response". Vendredi 18 Juin 2021 à 11h (en visio)

Team: "Spatial and temporal control of virus-host interactions" / Laboratoire Microbiologie Fondamentale et Pathogénicité (MFP) - UMR 5234 - Bordeaux




  • Dr. Elizabeth Bik. "The Dark Side of Science: Misconduct in Biomedical Research". Mercredi 8 Septembre à 13h via Zoom. Elisabeth Bik is a Dutch microbiologist living in California, who has worked for 15 years at Stanford University and 2 years in industry. Since 2019, she is a science integrity volunteer and occasional consultant, who scans the biomedical literature for images or other data of concern and has reported over 4,000 scientific papers.

Abstract: Science builds upon science. Even after peer-review and publication, science papers could still contain images or other data of concern. If not addressed post-publication, papers containing incorrect or even falsified data could lead to wasted time and money spent by other researchers trying to reproduce those results. Several high-profile science misconduct cases have been described, but many cases are yet undetected. Elisabeth Bik is an image forensics detective who left her paid job in industry to search for and report biomedical articles that contain errors or data of concern. She has done a systematic scan of 20,000 papers in 40 journals and found that about 4% of these contained inappropriately duplicated images. In her talk she will present her work and show several types of inappropriately duplicated images and other examples of research misconduct. In addition, she will show how to report scientific papers of concern, and how journals and institutions handle such allegations.

Elisabeth Bik's minibio: E. Bik is a science integrity consultant who specializes in finding image duplications in scientific papers. After receiving her PhD in Microbiology at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, she worked 15 years at the Stanford University School of Medicine on the microbiomes of humans and marine mammals. From 2016-2019, she worked at two microbiome startup companies. In March 2019, she left her job to become a science integrity volunteer and occasional consultant. She can often be found discussing science papers on Twitter at @MicrobiomDigest, writing for her blog ScienceIntegrityDigest or searching the biomedical literature for inappropriately duplicated or manipulated photographic images and plagiarized text. She has reported over 4,000 papers for issues with image duplication or other concerns. Her work has been featured in Nature, Science, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Le Monde, and The Times (UK). In April 2021 she was awarded the Peter Wildy Prize by the UK Microbiology Society for her contributions in science communication.


 Postponed seminars due to Covid-19 pandemic

  • Pr Alessia Zamborlini (Paris Saclay University). "SUMOylation of Lysine 595 cooperates with phosphorylation of Threonine 592 to regulate SAMHD1 antiviral activity" POSTPONED DUE TO COVID19 PANDEMIC

Summary of the talk: SAMHD1 is a cellular triphosphohydrolase that inhibits the replication of HIV-1 in non-cycling immune cells by reducing the concentration of dNTP below a threshold required for efficient reverse transcription of the viral genome. Phosphorylation of residue T592 suppresses the antiviral activity of SAMHD1 in cycling cells. However, phosphomimetic mutants efficiently deplete the cellular dNTP pools, indicating that additional functions and/or post-translational modifications play a role in the regulation of SAMHD1 restriction activity. A. Zamborlini's team found that SAMHD1 is SUMOylated on residue K595, a modification that relies on the integrity of a SUMO-interacting motif. Furthermore, their data provide compelling evidence that, in non-cycling cells where most of the protein harbors an unphosphorylated T592 residue, SUMOylation of K595 defines the fraction of restriction competent SAMHD1.

Pr. Alessandra Zamborlini's minibiography: She obtained an M2 degree in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Technologies (Faculty of Pharmacy) and then a PhD in Virology (Medical School) at the University of Padua (Italy). During her PhD training she studied the role of the cellular components of the ESCRT machinery in the budding of HIV-1 in the lab of Heirich Gottlinger (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA). She next joined the lab of Ali Saïb as a Post-doctoral fellow where she developed several projects aiming to better understand the persistence of the virus in quiescent T cells and the regulation of the integration step by post-translational modifications. In 2010 she obtained a position as Lecturer at Cnam (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, Paris) and in 2019 she has become Professor in Virology at the Paris Saclay University. Her research projects aim to decipher the molecular bases underlying the coordination of the multiple activities of SAMHD1 as well as the contribution of SUMOylation to the antiviral response in non-cycling immune cells.


Dr Christophe Mueller (Strasbourg university). "Host immune evasion by Pseudomonas aeruginosa? A study of the impact of its lectin LecB on the murine immune system." POSTPONED DUE TO COVID19 PANDEMIC

Dr. Christopher Mueller is CNRS director of research at the University of Strasbourg, France, and the CNRS research team Immunology and Immunopathology. He has obtained his PhD in Heidelberg / the University of London on c-fos transcription factors and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in UC-Berkeley working on transcriptional regulation in the yeast S. cerevisiae. He became an immunologists at Schering-Plough, Inc., France, and integrated the French national research system CNRS to continue his research on the immunobiology of the myeloid cell lineage in the skin and lymphoid tissue. He now heads a research team in Strasbourg to study the impact of the cellular microenvironment on immune cell differentiation and activation in the context of infection and autoimmunity. He has recently shown that mesenchymal cells instruct lymphatic endothelial cells via TNFSF11 (RANKL) – TNFRSF11a (RANK) to create the niche for sinusoidal macrophage differentiation.

He is a member of the Labex Medalis, former director of the International PhD programme of the University of Strasbourg, and co-founder of the Upper Rhine Immunology group, comprising the Universities of Strasbourg, Freiburg and Basel.


Dr. Sarah Gallois-Montbrun (Institut Cochin, Paris"Non-canonical Roles of Argonaute proteins in HIV-1 viral RNA expression" - initially planned on the 13th December 2019 but postponed to 2020

Summary of the talk: During its replication, HIV-1 produces more than 50 different transcripts coding for all the proteins necessary for viral particles assembly. Balanced production of viral isoforms is highly regulated both temporally and spatially. Current research in my group aims at characterizing the role of viral and cellular factors involved in HIV-1 RNA production. In particular, we investigated the role of the miRNA pathway and demonstrated that key proteins of these pathway, Argonaute 1 and Argonaute 2, participate at different levels of viral RNA production independently of the presence of miRNA. In parallel, we recently developed a long-read sequencing assay to quantify production of HIV-1 isoforms and to decipher the cascade of splicing events taking place at early time points after infection. 

Dr Gallois-Montbrun's minibiography: After completing her PhD studies at Pasteur Institute Paris in 2004 on cellular metabolism of anti-HIV-1 drugs, she undertook post-doctoral training with Prof Michael Malim at King’s College London. There she focused on characterizing cellular protein and RNA partners of APOBEC3G and APOBEC3F, two HIV-1 restriction factors. She was recruited as Inserm research scientist at Cochin Institute in 2009.  Since then, her group has aimed at dissecting mechanisms regulating HIV-1 RNA fate and how these impact on viral replication.


Past seminars:

Prof. Jack Stapleton (Iowa university, USA) "A flavivirus genome-derived noncoding RNA regulates T cell function and restricts virus replication" Friday the 21st of February 11 am

Jack Stapleton's minibio: Jack is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the University of Iowa.  Over the last 3 decades, his laboratory has focused on positive strand RNA viruses (HIV, HCV, GBV-C/HPgv) and how members of the Flaviviridae interact with HIV and immune function.  Most recently, the lab studies how HCV and yellow fever virus genomic RNA is processed into short, noncoding RNAs that regulate T cell function and enhance viral replication.  He also has conducted numerous translational studies on how human pegivirus (GBV-C) prolongs survival in HIV infected people, and characterized mechanisms involved in this beneficial co-infection.

Dr. Philippe Benaroch "Host-HIV interplay in human primary myeloid cells" - 22nd November 2019

Philippe Benaroch is research director at the CNRS and heads the team “Myeloid cells and immunity” within the Department of Immunology at the Institut Curie in Paris. He will present recent work and unpublished data regarding a recently identified blood dendritic cell subset, its unique relationship with HIV and some of its shared properties with infected macrophages.

Philippe Benaroch is particularly interested by myeloid cells that represent a very ancient form of cellular immunity against pathogens and tumor cells. Myeloid cells are very plastic, endowed with an ever-growing list of functions in innate and adaptive immunity. How myeloid cells crosstalk with HIV and tumor cells and how this interplay is regulated remains to be established at the molecular level and represent the focus of his lab.


Dr. Lise Chauveau (Oxford university, UK) "The immune system’s Trojan horse: Using cGAMP-loaded VLPs for vaccination"  - 11 Octobre 2019 2pm

Dr Lise Chauveau is interested in how viruses induce an immune response, the type of response induced and how viruses may counteract it. She studied Biology at the Ecole Normal Superieure de Lyon where she obtained a Master degree in 2012. She then moved to the Pasteur Institute in Paris to complete a PhD in the laboratory of Prof Olivier Schwartz in 2016. There, she studied factors influencing the ability of HIV-1 and HIV-2 to infect cells of the immune system, CD4 T cells and dendritic cells. This is where her interest in antiviral immunity and how viruses might modulate it sparked. She is now a postdoctoral researcher with Dr Jan Rehwinkel at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, UK. She currently works on an original vaccination strategy using HIV-derived virus-like particles that incorporate an innate immune messenger (cGAMP) to induce potent and protective immune response against viruses.


Prof. Ricardo Soto-Rifo (Universidad de Chile) "The complex life of HIV-1 full-length RNA" - Tuesday 1st of october 2019

Dr. Soto-Rifo has been always interested in the molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling gene expression in Eukaryotes with a special emphasis in RNA viruses as study models. Dr. Soto-Rifo studied biochemistry at Universidad de Santiago de Chile and then moved to France where he obtained a Master in Sciences degree from Université Claude Bernard Lyon-1 in 2006 and then a Ph.D in Life Sciences from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 2010. He worked at the Human Virology Department (currently the International Center for Infectiology Research, CIRI) under the supervision of Dr. Théophile Ohlmann on the translational control of the HIV-1 and HIV-2 genomic RNA. During his post-doctoral training at Dr. Ohlmann's lab, Dr. Soto-Rifo worked on the remodeling and localization of the messenger ribonucleoprotein complexes (mRNPs) containing the HIV-1 genomic RNA by analyzing the role of the DEAD-box RNA helicase DDX3 in these processes. In 2013, he moved to Biomedical Sciences Institute at Universidad de Chile Faculty of Medicine to start his own laboratory at the Virology Program. Since then, Dr. Soto-Rifo's reasearch has been mainly focused in understanding the mechanisms involved in RNA metabolism during HIV-1, HIV-2, respiratory syncytial virus and Zika virus replication.

The presentation will be focused on the role of the RNA modification N6-methyladenosine (m6A) and its associated cellular machinery in defining the cytoplasmic destiny of the HIV-1 genomic RNA during the late steps of the viral replication cycle.


Dr. Pierre-Olivier Vidalain (CIRI) "Searching for chemical activators of the interferon response : surprises from a chemobiological approach" - 13th September 2019

Pierre-Olivier Vidalain, Research Director, CNRS. After his Ph.D in immunology (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon), Pierre-Olivier joined Marc Vidal's team (Harvard Medical School, Boston) where he was trained to high-throughput screening techniques and protein-protein interaction analysis. Recruited in 2005 at the CNRS, he worked successively at the Institut Pasteur and the Université Paris Descartes where he studied interactions between viral and cellular proteins and developed multiple assays for the identification of antiviral compounds targeting host factors. He has a special interest in the immunomodulatory properties of small compounds inhibiting the pyrimidine biosynthesis pathway. In January 2019, he joined the International Infectiology Research Center in Lyon to continue his work at the interface between innate antiviral immunity, metabolism and chemobiological approaches.


Dr. Jost Enninga (Institut Pasteur, Paris) "Subversion of infection associated macropinosomes drives the intracellular niche formation of bacterial pathogens" - 5th July 2019

Jost Enninga heads the research unit « Dynamics of host-pathogen interactions » within the Department of Cell Biology and Infection at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. He performed his Ph.D. studies in the Laboratory of Cell Biology at the Rockefeller University, New York, under the supervision of Dr. Guenter Blobel. There, he focused on how viruses subvert host cellular trafficking processes. Afterwards, Jost moved to the Institut Pasteur in Paris in 2004 to study the early events of bacterial host cellular invasion with Dr. Philippe Sansonetti and Dr. Guy Tran Van Nhieu. Between 2008 and 2012, Jost built up his own junior team at the Institut Pasteur, and he heads his current research unit since 2013. His team investigates the intracellular niche formation of different bacterial pathogens, including Shigella and Salmonella.  Main questions are membrane trafficking subversion by the pathogens, and how specific intracellular localizations trigger distinct immune responses. His research unit develops imaging-based technologies that allow the analysis of host-pathogen interaction dynamics with unprecedented spatiotemporal resolution.


Dr. F. Perez (Institut Curie) "Exploring the Secretory Pathway : from Basic to Translational Research" - 28th of June 2019

Dr. Franck Perez is Research Director at CNRS and Chairman of the "Cell Biology and Cancer" Unit of the Institut Curie in Paris. His group is studying intracellular trafficking with an important focus on the development of new methods and tools for Cell Biology studies. For example, he developed at the Institut Curie the use of automated cellular screening and co-founded a High Content screening platform (BioPhenics, with Dr. J. Camonis). In addition, his group created a novel trafficking assay and have strongly invested on the development of recombinant antibodies for cell biology. Recently, he created a novel antibody library based on a humanized nanobody scaffold and created a therapeutic antibody platform.

Dr. F. Perez is Scientific Director of the cell screening platform Biophenics and of the Therapeutic Antibody platform TAbIP and the head of the "Dynamics of Intracellular Organization' team at the Institut Curie. He authored more than 90 scientific articles, developed free software and filled several patents. He is a co-founder of Start-up in the field of immuno- and cellular-therapies, Honing Biosciences.


Dr. Sylvie Lecollinet (Virology department at ANSES/Veterinary school, Maisons-Alfort) “From basic to applied research on zoonotic West Nile and Usutu flaviviruses” - 14th June 2019

Dr. Niedergang Florence (Institut Cochin - Paris) "Macrophages upon viral infection, emergence of opportunistic diseases" - 9 th May 2019

Dr. Mauffret Olivier (LBPA - ENS Cachan) "Structures-functions relationships of the zinc fingers domains of HIV-1 nuclecocapsid protein" - 15th February 2019

Dr. Manel Nicolas (Institut Curie) - "Activation of innate immune sensors by viruses and self" -1st February 2019

Dr. Carocci Margot (INSERM UMR-949, Université de Strasbourg) "Development of novel strategies to fight flaviviruses: from targeted screen to in vivo antiviral validation" - 7th December 2018

Dr. Cimarelli Andrea (Inserm U1111 - CNRS UMR 5308 - Université / ENS de Lyon) "Interferon-stimulated transmembrane proteins (ifitms) as a novel paradigm of restriction factors targeting the in and out of a viral life cycle" - 14th November 2018

Dr. Margottin-Goguet Florence (Institut Cochin - Paris) "HIV Latency as an intrinsic host defense antagonized by lentiviral proteins" - 21th September 2018

Dr. Oehlers Stefan (Centenary Institute - University of Sidney) "Vascular control of mycobacterial immunity" - 6 July 2018

Dr. Shu Sin Chng (Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore) "Bacterial lipid trafficking and outer membrane homeostasis"

Prof. Slupphaug Geir (Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Trondheim, Norway) “Are endogenous and chemically induced base methylations in human mRNA processed differentially?”

Dr. Chojnacki Jakub (IrsiCaixa AIDS research institut - Barcelona) "STED microscopy studies of HIV-1 dynamic structure and virus-cell interactions."

Dr. Gaudin Raphaël (Inserm U1110 - Strasbourg) "Zika virus induces monocyte transmigration, spreading the infection to the brain"

Dr. Muriaux D.  (CEMIPAI) "Présentation de la plateforme CEMIPAI et ses technologies innovantes"

Prof. Yegutgin G. (University of Turku - Finland) "Emerging roles of purine-converting ectoenzymes in inflammation and tumorigenesis"

Dr. Smyth R. (IBMC, Strasbourg)

Dr. Lyonnais S. (IBMB-CSIC, Barcelone)

Dr. Long J. (Imperial College of London)

Dr. Meunier E. (IPBS, Toulouse)

Dr. Herbeuval J.P. (UMR 8601, Paris) "Controling unruly interferon production: How monoamines restrain innate immunity"

Dr. Wodrich G. (UMR 5234, Bordeaux)

Dr. Henriet S. (University of Bergen, Norway)

Dr. Janvier K. (Institut Cochin, Paris)









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