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Micalis Institute

12 June 2013

The Micalis institute is a “joint research unit” (UMR) associating INRA and AgroParisTech with the aims of developing innovative research in the field of “Food and Gut Microbiology for human Health”.

The Micalis institute brings together over 350 persons including 125 researchers, engineers and professors, and more than 120 post-docs, PhD students, master students, and trainees. The Micalis institute is composed of 21 research teams organized in 3 thematic departments and hosts 4 technological platformsand 1 pre-industrial demonstrator.

The 3 scientific departments correspond to 3 closely linked research areas:

  • Emergence and control of food-borne opportunistic pathogen microorganisms ;

  • Food and gut microbial ecosystem and food-microbiota-host functional interactions ;

  • Systems and synthetic microbiology.

The Micalis institute has been created January 1st 2010 by merging 8 INRA and AgroParisTechlabs from Paris area working on food and gut microbiology.

A real-estate project funded in the frame of a Government/ Ile-de-France region contract will allow all the Micalis teams and structures to be gathered in june 2014 in a single building, in the Domaine de Vilvert at the INRA research center of Jouy-en-Josas.

The Micalis institute is part of Mica (Microbiology and Food Chain) and AlimH (Nutrition, Chemical Food Safety and Consumer Behaviour) divisions of INRA.

It also hosts two teaching groups (UFR) of SVS (life science and health) and SPAB (Science and Engineering for Food and Bioproducts) divisions of AgroParisTech.

The Micalis institute is currently headed by Stéphane Aymerich assisted by five deputy directors:

Joël Doré, Alexandra Gruss, Didier Lereclus, Philippe Noirot, and Véronique Monnet.

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