The Institute of Functional Genomics of Lyon (IGFL) is a research unit jointly managed by the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, the CNRS and the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, as well has being affiliated to INRA. They are interested in functional genomics, that is to say in the way living organisms function, develop and evolve, and how their genomes control these fundamental processes and allow them to adapt to their environment.
The IGFL’s originality comes from bringing together, under one roof, leading scientists from different backgrounds. The IGFL’s new building houses molecular biologists, embryologists, endrocrinologists, specialists in bioinformatics, evolutionary scientists, cell biologists, palaeontologists, physiologists and genome specialists. This makes for a very fertile environment where these varied approaches can come together and cross-fertilize. Their bet is that this environment will foster otherwise improbable collaborations and lead to new integrative approaches. Tehy are convinced that a multi-disciplinary approach will lead to an improved understanding of ‘life’, and their aim is to contribute to this conceptual and technological revolution.
The IGFL focuses primarily on fundamental research. Nevertheless, they are also committed to translational opportunities and have links with the private sector, who are interested in their findings. IGFL research has led to start-up biotechnology firms and they are always on the look-out for private sector partners and sponsors. The IGFL consists of independent research teams covering a wide range of research as:
- Genomics of adaptation and macroevolution
- Mechanisms of development and regeneration
- Integrative physiology and physiopathology