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Our research priorities

Animal - Diversity - Adaptations

A major research center for animal biology which promotes interdisciplinary programmes related to sustainable livestock systems and biomedicine. The main goal is to characterize, understand, and predict the adaptive capacity of animals to make the best use of their robustness characteristics in varying environments, by combining genetics, physiology, physiopathology, immunology, computational biology, and modelling. Research and experimental units of the campus are founding members of the institute Sciences & Animals Paris Saclay (SAPS). SAPS aims to promote research, training and innovation in animal biology and agrosciences.

Updated on 12/28/2015
Published on 10/30/2013

Head of a Holstein cow. © INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand
© INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand

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Experimental units and facilities

Academic partners

Logo de SAPS en format carré pour illustrer les encadrés. © INRA, Inra

SAPS - Sciences Animales Paris Saclay

Sciences & Animals Paris Saclay (SAPS): a network in research, education and training, and innovation in the Animal Sciences supporting agriculture and health

To develop innovative multidisciplinary research, create new partnerships between public and private sectors, and enlarge our training offer, the actors in animal science research (geneticists, biostaticians, physiologists, pathologists, microbiologists, virologists, immunologists, etc) have joined together in the Sciences & Animals Paris Saclay Institute (SAPS).
Currently, SAPS links seven research units in the southern Ile-de-France region including INRA, AgroParisTech, ENVA and ANSES in addition to three experimental units. SAPS is intended to extend to other units wishing to associate themselves with it. We have over 580 research personnel and as a member of the Paris-Saclay campus, our institute forms a major pole in Animal Sciences on both the national and international levels.
Our objective is to promote research, education and innovation in order to improve our knowledge in Animal Biology. One of our ambitions is to contribute to the sustainability of farming systems, in a changing economy, environment and society, and to make progress in biomedicine. Fully integrated in the transfer and innovation strategies, we rely on a diverse network of partners working in the animal production sectors and the biomedical field.
Characterizing, understanding and predicting adaptive responses of animals to environmental variations are one of our main objectives. The four major axes shaping our scientific approach are the following:

  • Building of phenotypes: role of the pre and perinatal environments
  • Selection on tomorrow’s farms: Exploring the combinatorial dimension of the genomes’ polymorphism and epigenetic markers
  • New strategies for health in farming: Improving immune competencies, new vaccines and new diagnostic methods
  • Prediction of phenotypes and adaptive responses: Multi-scale integration of data and modeling of the animal biosystem.
Coming soon... SAPS brochure in English

12/02/15 Press Release

Launching of the Sciences & Animals Paris Saclay Institute