Microbiology (Microbio)

Persons in charge

Isabelle Martin-Verstraete – Xavier Nassif


The Microbiology track of the IMVI Master’s degree is a training of excellence in research that aims to acquire the concepts, approaches and technologies of modern microbiology. Priority is given to integrated approaches, aiming to understand the physiology of microorganisms from fundamental molecular aspects to global and evolutionary biology and to study their functioning in their natural environment and their impact on ecosystems.

The M2 BMC Microbiology track offers three tracks:

In partnership with Sorbonne University and the Institut Pasteur.


The training aims to :

  • Mastering cutting-edge technologies in microbiology: functional, comparative and structural genomics, systems and synthetic biology
  • Study biodiversity, evolution, regulation, host-pathogen relationships and adaptive mechanisms in microorganisms
  • Study antibiotic resistance and antimicrobial control methods

For Whom ?

Bac +4


20 students
Initial or continuing education

And after

Insertion rate > à 95 % at two years, mostly in thesis (> 55%), medical internship or on fixed-term contract


Good to very good level in Microbiology.
For students outside the health sector, 9 ECTS in microbiology or equivalent. For students in the health sector, research courses in Microbiology or equivalent.
Clearly identified professional project in line with the training. Doctorate or research/development engineer.
French level C1 or equivalent. A good level of English (read and written) is required.
Internships or professional experience are required. Internships in laboratories are a bonus.

Targeted skills

  • Ability to design and implement an experimental approach, develop hypotheses and associated experimental schemes
  • Ability to collect multiple data, carry out their analysis and master bioinformatics tools
  • Sense of organization and rigor
  • Mastery of bibliographic resources
  • Knowledge and respect of regulations (biosafety, biosecurity, ethics)
  • Develop critical analysis and synthesis skills in writing and speaking
  • Learn to work in English, in a team or independently
  • Prepare students for the relative conceptual and experimental autonomy necessary for the preparation of a thesis
  • Ability to manage projects
  • To train students in research in the health sector (physicians/pharmacists)
  • To prepare students for careers in research and development in microbiology and microbial biotechnology