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.
With international courses, PhD and postdoctoral traineeship, each institute of the Institut Pasteur International Network (RIIP) contributes to the transmission of knowledge with the training of young researchers all around the world. In this context, doctoral and postdoctoral programmes, study and traineeship fellowships are available to scientists. Alongside training, dynamism and attractiveness of RIIP will result in the creation of 4-year group for the young researchers.
A biosafety level 3 laboratory (BSL-3), located in the “Nicolle” building, is the heart of our activities. This facility is unique in France and in Europe, with two rooms with appropriate conditions for maintaining mosquitoes after oral infection. It is dedicated to experimental infections of mosquitoes with arboviruses. We currently manipulate five arboviruses: dengue, chikungunya, West-Nile, yellow fever and Rift valley fever viruses. We raise mosquitoes required for our experiments in other insectaries located in the “Pasteur Biotop” building.
We combine precise experimental assessments of vector competence and field investigations on vector ecology to direct the choice of populations to be analysed. Laboratory colonization of field-collected mosquito populations, experimental infections in BSL-3 laboratory, tracking of virus in the course of infection within the vector using viral quantification (quantitative RT-PCR, plaque assays, GFP-infectious clone..) and visualisation (electronic microscopy, histological examination, confocal microscopy) are some aspects that we handle easily. This expertise has been recognized through our participation to the Laboratory of Excellence (Labex) IBEID for Integrative Biology of Emerging Infectious Diseases.