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Visuel d'identité scientifique du centre de Jouy-en-Josas- IllustrationWEBjouy

Our research priorities

Microbe-Microbial ecology-Health

High-level microbiology skills are deployed to address major animal and human health issues, with a particular focus on the relationship between food and health.

Researchers, including microbiologists, ecologists, physiologists, and virologists, seek to understand viruses, microbes, and microbial ecosystems from a structural and functional point of view and to study their interaction with their hosts and with each other to develop new preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic approaches and to improve industrial processes in biotechnology. The teams are well-recognised for their work in metagenomics of the intestinal
microbiota, synthetic biology, and structural biology.

Updated on 12/28/2015
Published on 10/31/2013

Research units

Experimental units and facilities

  • Rodent and Fish Experimental Infectiology Unit (UE IERP)
  • MetaGenoPolis (US MGP)
  • France Génomique (UMS FG)

Innovation networks

Academic partners

  • AgroParisTech
  • CEA - French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
  • ENVA - Alfort Veterinary School
  • CNRS - National Center for Scientific Research
  • Institut Pasteur
  • Inserm - French National Institute of Health and Medical Research
Associated Division(s):
Animal Health , Microbiology and the Food Chain
Associated Centre(s):


METAGENOPOLIS démonstrateur. © INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand
METAGENOPOLIS démonstrateur © INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand
This industrial biotechnology catalyst is being developed for the academic, medical, and industrial communities. It is designed to pursue innovation and to disseminate new findings in health and human wellbeing. It seeks to describe the
human intestinal microbiota, the bacteria involved in digestion, and to understand how it works. INRA’s earliest findings in this field demonstrated the link between microbiota and obesity and cirrhosis of the liver. The goal of the project is to
extend this knowledge to the relationship between microbiota and other chronic diseases and conditions. Following on from its participation in the European Union MetaHIT project, INRA’s leadership role in the field is strengthened by the continued growth of MetaGenoPolis.