Institute of Functional Genomics, Lyon, moves to new building
Researchers at The Institute of Functional Genomics in Lyon, France, moved into a new state-of-the-art building in October 2012. The new 4500-m2 research facility is located in the biotechnology district of the south of Lyon.
“The move to the new building is a significant milestone in the development of our young institute,” said Professor Vincent Laudet Director of The Institute of Functional Genomics and Professor of Biology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. “The design of the institute and the additional research space will allow us to fulfill our research strategy and promote the close interaction of scientists from different disciplines that we see as an essential component of the scientific culture we are striving for.”
Three focus areas
The strategy of The Institute of Functional Genomics focuses on three research areas –developmental biology, evolutionary science, and integrated physiology. The institute is organized into independent research teams each led by a principal investigator who has the freedom to define their own research programme. Interaction between the teams from widely different scientific backgrounds is strongly encouraged.
EMBO Member Jacques Samarut is the founding director of The Institute of Functional Genomics. He helped to establish the institute before Professor Laudet took the reins as director in 2008. Said Samarut: “The Institute of Functional Genomics has made great progress over the years and we are confident that collaborations will be fostered in this environment which will lead to promising new integrative approaches to the study of biology. The Institute of Functional Genomics is jointly managed by the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Université Claude Bernard Lyon. The institute is also affiliated to the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique.
Research at The Institute of Functional Genomics examines how living organisms function, develop and evolve, and how the genomes of organisms control these fundamental processes and allow them to adapt to their environment. Scientists at the institute also focus on what happens when these processes go wrong. In humans, defects in molecular processes may lead to congenital abnormalities, metabolic disorders or cancer. Research groups at the institute are also interested in understanding how domestic species have adapted to the environment, and how environmental pollutants affect health.
“We recently added five new research groups to our programme areas. Our research interests continue to grow and we continue to look for talented scientists to establish new groups, particularly with expertise in bioinformatics and systems biology, to reinforce those axes that we view as essential for future developments in biology,” added Laudet.