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.
Our research group aims to study the molecular basis of antibody B-cell responses to viruses such as HIV-1, and how anti-viral antibodies may participate in controlling the infection in humans.
In addition to polyreactive “natural antibodies” that act as the first line of defense against invading pathogens, “humoral memory” is composed of high affinity antibodies that mediate long-lived immunity against infectious agents, e.g., by providing protection against re-infection. The molecular dissection of anti-pathogen B-cell responses using modern technologies to generate specific monoclonal antibodies, has allowed breakthrough discoveries in antiviral responses to Influenza virus and Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These recombinant antibodies represent unique “fingerprints” for each B-cell clone and when characterized on a molecular level, provide crucial information about the antigen-specific humoral response to a given pathogen. In addition to the antibodies’ potential therapeutic interest, their characterization can lead to a better understanding of human antibody responses to pathogens, and may uncover candidate immunogens for vaccine development.