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Biosciences and Biotechnologies Institute of Aix-Marseille

​​​​UMR 7265

Published on 25 April 2018
The BIAM (ex IBEB) is organized in 7 laboratories, 2 technological platforms and one platform of microscopy. It has about 100 permanent staff (160 persons with non permanent researchers​​). It is located in Bouches du Rhône (south-east of France), in the Cadarache CEA centre, and the Luminy campus at the Aix-Marseille University (AMU). It is linked to CNRS and AMU by the Joint Research Unit 7265.​


Department head :
David Pignol
Tel : +33 4 42 25 30 60

Deputy head :
Laurent Nussaume
Tel : +33 4 42 25 31 52

The joint research unit "UMR 7265" (CEA - CNRS - Aix Marseille Univ.) conducts research to better understand the bioenergetic processes and mechanisms of response to environmental conditions, to propose new energy and environmental solutions for achieving sustainable development. Research activities are divided into three areas: i) energy bioconversion processes in photosynthetic and microbial organisms, ii) molecular mechanisms of perception of the environment in connection with cellular energy storage mechanisms, iii ) environmental resources for energy and sustainable development.

This multidisciplinary research is supported by two technological platforms: HélioBiotec for the biotechnology of microalgae, and Phytotech, recognized as an IBISA platform, for plant experiments under controlled conditions. Research at the frontiers of science is accompanied by a strong willingness to exploit the research results for value creation process and to foster regional economic partnership through the poles of competitiveness CAPENERGIES, MER-Méditerranée RISQUES, TERRALIA and EUROBIOMED in different fields ranging from agronomy or environmental monitoring to the industrial use of microalgae.

  • Subjects and biological models : bacteria, microalgae and plants.
  • Methodological approaches : The multidisciplinary approaches call upon physiology, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, biochemistry, structural biology, molecular modeling and cellular imaging.
  • Programs in which the institute participates : CEA transversal programs (toxicology); CNRS programs (biodiversity, ecological engineering, energy, health and environment, ecotoxicology).

Research topics


  1. Energy bioconversion processes
  2. Perception of the environment and energy storage mechanisms
  3. Environmental resources for sustainable energy and development



  • Research group in applied phytotechnics (GRAP, Cadarache)
  • Laboratory of Microalgal and Bacterial Bioenergetics and Biotechnology (LB3M, Cadarache)
  • Laboratory of cellular bioénergetics (LBC, Cadarache)
  • Laboratory of developmental plant biology (LBDP, Cadarache)
  • Laboratory of plant genetics & biophysics  (LGBP, Luminy)
  • Laboratory of Microbial Ecology of the Rhizosphere and Extreme Environments (LEMIRE, Cadarache)
  • Laboratory of plant molecular ecophysiology (LEMP, Cadarache)
  • Laboratory for protein metal interaction studies (LIPM, Cadarache)