1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students
Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization
International Internship Program
About: Since its creation in 1887, the Institut Pasteur has become famous throughout the world as a symbol of science and French culture. For 120 years, its foundation has contributed to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases through research, teaching, and public health initiatives. The Institute enjoys an independent status and has numerous other assets, with its research laboratories, technological platforms, teaching center, and medical center all located on one campus in the heart of Paris. The laboratory in which the IIP intern will be placed is a unit called “dynamics of host pathogen-interactions.” This unit is interested in deciphering the molecular and cellular mechanisms of bacterial invasion of host cells. The host laboratory has developed several novel approaches to investigate the intimate interactions between the host and invading pathogens in single cells in space and in real time, developing unique microscopic techniques. In particular, the unit is interested in deciphering the molecular and cellular basis of how a number of bacterial pathogens, such as Shigella or Salmonella, carve their specific intracellular niches within host cells during the infection process. Deciphering the molecular and cellular details of the invasion strategies used by the bacterial pathogens will identify drug targets and will provide new insight into fundamental biological processes of cells.
The IIP intern will contribute to this ongoing research project in molecular genetics. For further background information on this project click here.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in biochemistry, cell biology, biophysics, microbiology and immunology are encouraged to apply. Basic French would be an asset but is not required. If you are enrolled in the Global Health Program certificate, this internship will fulfill the GHP internship requirement.