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Centre d'Immunologie et des Maladies Infectieuses
UPMC UMRS CR7 - Inserm U1135 - CNRS ERL 8255

Graduate education

The members of the Cimi are involved in teaching activities as professors, associate professors, and lecturers of immunology, infectious diseases, microbiology (bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology and hygiene) and oncology. These teaching activities take place mainly in two faculties of the UPMC: the Faculty of Medicine (UFR  967) and the Faculty of Biology (UFR 927) but also in other universities (Paris 5, Paris 7, Paris 11, Paris 12) and institutions (Pasteur Institute, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Engineering schools). The students are undergraduates (preparing a “License”), graduate students (Masters and PhD students) and postdoctoral fellows (MDs and PhDs). They are taught by means of lectures, training lessons and student supervision by university committees.

The composition of the Cimi, and particularly the high number of researchers with teaching duties (38 MDs and/or PhDs) both in medicine and science, helps to enhance and develop national and international teaching programs in order to reach "gold standards" of higher education. The Cimi is already involved in various national, European and international programs.

The teaching objectives, related to the Cimi’s scientific program, are mainly focused around Immunology, Microbiology and Biotherapies and are as follows:

-       National, European and international masters and doctoral programs

The programs have been reinforced and developed in collaboration with prestigious Engineering schools such as the ENS (Ulm, Cachan, Lyon), the Polytechnique school, AgroParisTech as well as the Pasteur Institute. The goal is to attract students from these schools and to offer them a double engineering/PhD curriculum.

An international masters program (IMP) on “Biotherapies and Immunology” was approved by the UPMC in 2012. This program has since been extended to a larger number of partners (Hamburg- Germany, Stockholm - Sweden, Sao Paulo - Brazil, Rosario - Argentina) and to general immunology and immuno-pathology courses in the hope that the UPMC might propose a more accessible IMP in immunology. A similar strategy will be developed in microbiology. The final goal is to offer an Erasmus Mundus program. Opened to both masters and PhD students, it would enhance the quality of higher education through scholarships and academic cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world.

An international program entitled « Immunological Biotherapies: concepts and developments » is coordinated by Pr F. Lemoine in collaboration with the Sao Paulo University (Pr Roger Chammas, Brazil) and the Mount Sinai school of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Pr Miriam Merad, NY, USA). This high level course is open to graduate students (master 2 level, PhD students, post doctoral fellows (MD/PhD) and professionals in training).

Most of the European research programs offer higher education workpackages. It allows young investigators (PhD students and post-doctoral fellows) to take part of training sessions in Europe and the rest of the world, to increase their mobility and encounters as well as favour visits of senior scientists.

A Parasitology-Mycology Master program coordinated by D. Mazier is integrated in the Microbiology specialty of UPMC Master 2.

The Parasitology teams (Silvie & Mazier) are part of the LabEx ParaFrap, a large national consortium gathering 19 french parasitology teams. ParaFrap has launched international "sandwich" PhD and post-doctoral programmes, aiming to train future leaders in parasitology and to create deep and durable collaborative links between consortium laboratories. Since 2012, all current group leaders have participated in this "sandwich" programme. In total, 30 PhD students and 17 postdocs were integrated in the ParaFrap network (including 8 PhD students from endemic countries recruited in a specific "PhD South" ParaFrap programme).

-       Cimi Students’ Training and Coaching

Various activities are developed within the Cimi to boost PhD students’ training and coaching activities:

-       English language training: the students have access to an intense foreign language teaching program in collaboration with the Sorbonne university (Paris IV).

-       a UPMC technological platforms proposes specific training and practical workshops in cell imaging and flow cytometry, in mass spectrometry, in animals models, in molecular and integrative biology and genomics (with GEMS), and in "omics" technologies.

-       scientific careers: formal links established with foreign Universities in Europe and overseas have been strengthened to create International Research Networks for students and Supervisors, allowing students to access Masters Classes and worldwide-class coaching. The IBCD School forged links between members of the executive committee and students from the Sao Paulo University in Brazil and the Mount Sinai Medical School in New York (USA). Our aim is to organize masters and PhD rotations between the institutions. These programs will enhance the Cimi’s international dimension and greatly increase the attractiveness of the Cimi therefore reinforcing the recruitment of high-level PhD students, Post-docs and young group leaders.

In close accordance with the scientific objectives of the Cimi, our goals are to attract students from all over the world, to offer them the possibilities to register into a school of excellence in the field of immunology, microbiology and biotherapies. The prestigious diplomas obtained from this education will help them find positions either at universities after a highly selective exam (chair of excellence) or in private companies. Through both scientific and higher education international collaborations, we aim to attract outstanding visiting professors with the hope that some of them will apply for an academic position at the UPMC. Thus, we hope to train and recruit future scientific leaders in our field.


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