The Pasteur Museum is housed in the apartment where Louis Pasteur spent his final seven years and offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the living and working environment of the world-renowned scientist. Visitors can gain a unique insight into his everyday life alongside his wife and can admire his rich and diverse scientific work.
The Institut Pasteur’s scientific strategy focuses on developing original and innovative topics and promoting interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cooperation and approaches. The Institut Pasteur teams have access to the technological resources needed to speed up and further improve the quality of their outstanding research.
Ever since the introduction of the world’s first "Technical Microbiology" course in 1889, teaching has been a priority for the Institut Pasteur. The Institut Pasteur has an international reputation for quality teaching that attracts students from all over the world who come to further their training or top up their degree programs.
Research activity at the Institut Pasteur is based in research departments, which in turn comprise units, laboratories and technological platforms. Over and above this organization, the Institut Pasteur seeks to foster alliances and build partnerships in a bid to promote the excellence of its research.
Our research departments are based on the historical themes of infectious diseases, microbiology and immunology, as well as developmental biology and neuroscience. Today the Institut Pasteur has the following ten research departments :
These research departments are themselves divided into 130 research units that bring together scientists from all over the world. To remain at the forefront of scientific developments, new 5-year groups (G5) are regularly created in a constant effort to attract talented young scientists and to foster the innovative ideas needed to continue providing quality research.
The Institut Pasteur actively encourages the creation of multidisciplinary teams, idea sharing and the pooling of tools and expertise. Additional structures such as Transversal Research Programs involve different departments and units working simultaneously on highly specific short- and medium-term projects.
The Institut Pasteur has also forged countless partnerships as part of large-scale research programs such as the LabEx (Laboratories of Excellence) projects REVIVE, Milieu Intérieur and IBEID, and the "Pasteur Infectious Diseases" Carnot Institute which it runs.
High-tech facilities and platforms
The Institut Pasteur has 13 technological platforms organized into 3 clusters, called poles, a Center for the Production of Anopheles and a biological resource center. Scientists on campus and from outside organizations can take advantage of an impressive range of facilities to support their national and international research programs. The technological facilities are all available for use, and assistance is on hand if required.
The Genopole has a range of cutting-edge equipment and scientific expertise to support projects in the fields of genetics, genomics, population genomics, molecular epidemiology, transcriptomics, epigenetics and bioinformatics.
The main focus of the Imagopole® is the development and application of scientific imaging technologies. Guided experiments are used to understand normal biological processes and how they are hijacked by pathogens.
The Proteopole is a cluster of expert platforms dedicated to the analysis of macromolecules, especially proteins, specializing in everything from cloning to the production of recombinant proteins and antibodies and including the resolution of 3D structures and biophysical and biochemical characterization.
Center for the Production and Infection of Anopheles (CEPIA)
CEPIA is a facility for the production and handling of mosquitoes of the Anopheles genus used for research. Here, scientists can study the interactions between the Plasmodium parasites that cause malaria and their mosquito and mammalian hosts.
Institut Pasteur Biological Resource Center (CRBIP)
CRBIP holds biological material collections and related information. The center dispatches biological resources throughout France and worldwide, while meeting all applicable health and environmental safety standards, regulations and laws and ensuring full traceability.
While recognizing the need for fundamental multidisciplinary research, the Institut Pasteur seeks to facilitate rapid translational application of its findings to human health. This is the role of the Clinical Research Department, or PIRC. This department implements the entire clinical research cycle, from project start-up to business development in accordance with Good Clinical and Ethical Practice.
National Reference Centers and WHO Collaborating Centers
Some Institut Pasteur units have been awarded expert status by the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS). The centers act as observatories for research in communicable infectious diseases. Known as National Reference Centers, these 15 laboratories, hosted by the Institut Pasteur, support health authorities in the areas of diagnosis, epidemiological surveillance, and research.
Seven of these centers are also WHO Collaborating Centers (WHOCCs), and one center supports the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Applications for industry
The Institut Pasteur is actively involved in technology transfer through industrial license agreements. Two thirds of its research units have contributed to the patent portfolio that is available to the global industrial community. Numerous businesses reap the benefits of major discoveries made by Institut Pasteur scientists. Certain products of particular importance to human health, such as the AIDS screening test and hepatitis B vaccine, are on the market today thanks to license agreements.
More than half the technology transfers to industrial facilities currently involve small, innovative, enterprising businesses. This is why, back in 2000, the Institut Pasteur set up a business incubator to accommodate 14 new biotech businesses in their early years. Designed to contribute to the research effort in areas of particular interest to the Institut Pasteur, these business start-ups benefit from our legal, technical, administrative and financial assistance. They use Institut Pasteur patents to develop industrial applications, and they help to create dozens of jobs every year.