Conference by Prof. Philippe Sansonetti : “Microbes and men: an (almost) perfect symbiosis”

Prof. Philippe Sansonetti, world-renowned Professor at the Pasteur Institute and specialist in the field of microbiology, is visiting India to launch the first ever cycle of lectures by Professors of the prestigious Collège de France.

From 12th to 16th January 2015, Prof. Sansonetti will visit the country (Delhi, Kolkata, and Bangalore) to give lectures, visit institutes and meet colleagues in order to discuss the emergence of new collaborative projects between France and India in the scientific field.

On Thursday 15th January at 7:00pm Prof. Sansonetti will give a lecture on "Microbes and men: an (almost) perfect symbiosis" at the Alliance Française de Bangalore. This conference is open to public and all are welcome.

On Friday16th January at 4:00pm Prof. Sansonetti will give a lecture on “Pathogens and commensals: war and peace at mucosal surface” at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. This conference will be more scientific in nature.


Prof. Philippe Sansonetti: Prof. Sansonetti is a microbiologist, Professor at the Pasteur Institute and at the Collège de France (where he holds the Chair of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) in Paris. His research has been mainly focused on understanding how bacteria surpass the body’s defence system to cause infection. He discovered the mechanism of cell invasion by Shigella, a bacterial pathogen that disrupts, invades and causes the inflammatory destruction of the human colonic mucosa. His work spans a large set of disciplines in biology and medicine: molecular genetics, cell biology, immunology and the development of vaccines against dysentery.

He has held several scientific positions at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research and at the World Health Organisation. He is the author of over 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals and is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the US National Academy of Sciences and of the Royal Society, as well as a Senior Foreign Member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is considered to be one of the founders of the cellular microbiology.

Collège de France: the Collège de France, Paris, is an institution committed to fundamental research. It teaches "knowledge in the making” in every field of literature, science and arts. Presently chaired by Serge Haroche, French Nobel Prize 2012 in Physics, the 500 years old French institution had Henry Bergson, Michel Foucault and Claude Lévi-Strauss among its Professors.

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