Created in 2019 by Aix-Marseille Université, the Institute of Microbiology, Bioenergies and Biotechnology (IM2B) brings together more than 400 permanent staff, 250 Masters students, 150 PhD students and 160 post-docs, to strengthen interdisciplinary Research and Teaching in the field of Microbiology and its applications in Bioenergies, Environment and Health. Relying on a network of 10 internationally renowned research laboratories and state-of-the art facilities, the IM2B gathers recognized expertise in viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, protists and photosynthetic organisms. It covers a large range of approaches, including bioinformatics, mathematical modelling, structural and cellular biology, molecular genetics, biophysics, biochemistry, chemistry, to understand the diversity and functioning of the microbial world, either at the molecular, cellular, ecosystem levels or through its close association with other organisms (plants, microbiota, etc.). The targeted applications are in particular in the field of energy such as CO2 storage, production of biofuel, biogas or bioethanol, new bio-inspired materials, biosensing or biosourced molecules, but also in the field of the environment (biodepollution…) or health (infectious diseases).

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