Philippe Sansonetti, Board of Scientific Advisors

Philippe Sansonetti (Institut Pasteur), Professor at the Collège de France, Professor at the Institut Pasteur, Head of the Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis Unit.


Philippe Sansonetti, born in 1949 in Paris, France, is Distinguished Professor at the Institut Pasteur where he directs the Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis Unit and INSERM Unit 786. He also holds the Chair of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
at the Collège de France in Paris since 2008.




Philippe Sansonetti received his M.D. degree in 1979 from the Faculty of Medicine, Paris VI and his M.S in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI in 1976. He was resident in Internal medicine/Infectious and tropical diseases from 1974 to 1979, and trained in bacteriology, virology and immunology at Institut Pasteur during the same period. Philippe Sansonetti did postdoctoral research in the Department of Enteric Infections at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC, USA.


Returning to France, Philippe Sansonetti began started research on the molecular interactions between pathogens, cells and tissues at the Institut Pasteur, becoming Professor in 1994. In 2000 he also became an International Research Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was also the Head of the Out-patient Clinic at the Institut Pasteur Hospital from 1985 to 1995 and Medical Director of Institut Pasteur from 1995 to 2000.
He has also chaired many councils and committees, including the WHO Steering Committee for Enteric Vaccines Development (1995-2006), the SAB, Max Planck Institute für Infektionsbiologie (2000-2006), the Comité Sectoriel “Biologie et Santé”, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (2008-2013) and is chair of the Infection and Immunity Panel, ERC Young Investigators Program. He is the coordinator of many prestigious national, international and European-funded projects, and coordinator of the Laboratory of Excellence Integrative Biology of Emerging Infectious Diseases.


Philippe Sansonetti is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and of the US National Academy of Sciences. He is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and a Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Mérite. Among many other awards, he received the Louis-Jeantet Prize of Medicine, the Robert Koch Prize in 1997 and the Grand Prix INSERM de l’Excellence Scientifique in 2012.

Updated on 16/06/2014


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