Tracking all cells of a living organism, their membranes and nucleus positions, their divisions, from the original stem cell to the embryo.

We develop original methodologies and tools for the in vivo multiscale and multimodal observation, quantification and multilevel theoretical modelling of biological processes. Our strategies are the basis for the predictive understanding of the morphogenesis of living organisms in normal and pathological conditions and open the way to new kind of pharmacology and toxicology screening schemes.

In this context we foresee the following missions:

  • anticipating the needs of integrative cell biology and developmental biology in terms of methods and tool
  • tackling challenging biological issues as proof of concept,
  • proposing collaborative services through an innovative platform for imaging, image processing and multilevel modeling,
  • fostering the expansion of a transdisciplinary community through the e-Laboratory  Embryome-DC in the context of the Complex Systems UNESCO UNITWIN Complex Systems-DC

BioEmergences and ISC-PIF

Bioemergence was incubated at ISC-PIF between 2007 and 2014 before becoming a CNRS Unit per se (USR3695 CNRS). The two CNRS units has strong interactions and some members of Bioemergences working on theoretical issues are still hosted at ISC-PIF.

Team Members


Nadine Peyriéras, Director/DR2, CNRS, started the team in 2005.

Senior scientist

Paul Bourgine, Associated Director and Visiting Professor, Open University, Co-founder since 2005.

René Doursat, Senior Scientist, CNRS, Collaborator since 2008

Monique Frain, Permanent Researcher/CR1, CNRS, Joined in May 2010

Yannick Kergosien, Professor/Professeur, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Joined in 2013

BioEmergences members hosted at ISC-PIF:

Mathieu Bouryie, PhD student, Agro PariTech, joined in 2012.

Matthieu Hermann, Engineer, CNRS, joined in 2012.

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