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Ecology, physiology and ethology – DEPE

The Department of Ecology, Physiology, and Ethology studies the adaptive strategies used by animal species to confront natural or anthropogenic environmental constraints. Its researchers carry out ecophysiological, behavioural, and demographic research on native species, exotic species, and even human beings under natural and controlled conditions and in the laboratory. The goal is to evaluate the ability of species to survive in a rapidly changing world and to provide scientific knowledge that can inform decision-making.

Areas of expertise

  • Applying ecological engineering in relation to wildlife
  • Physiological energetics
  • Long-term monitoring of animal populations
  • Biochemistry and endocrinology
  • Animal behaviour
  • Modelling and analysis of social networks
  • Mitochondrial function

Our areas of research

Adaptation of marine vertebrates to Environmental changes

Human and animal ecology

Ethology and evolutionary physiology

Ecosystem function
Influence of the social environment on health in animals

Health and physiological adaptations to gravity

Health and physiological adaptations to gravity
Impact of environmental factors on health

Animal adaptations and Environmental management

Understanding the role of wildlife in the functioning of social-ecological systems to better inform decision-making

Radiation biology, hadron therapy and molecular imaging – DRHIM

The Department of Radiation Biology, Hadron Therapy, and Molecular Imaging is made up of clinicians, as well as research engineers and research scientists specialised in physics, chemistry, and biology. The department carries out multidisciplinary research that is primarily focused on molecular imaging and on methods for improving and monitoring hadron therapy treatment plans.

Areas of expertise

  • Designing imaging instruments
  • Designing detectors and circuit boards
  • Molecular radiolabelling
  • Image reconstruction, quantification, and analysis
  • Monte-Carlo simulation
  • Preclinical experimental protocols
  • Isotope production and R&D target systems
  • Experimental validation of theoretical models
  • Expertise with cyclotrons, beam control

Our areas of research

Hadron therapy

How does improving treatment plans affect personalised treatment?

Molecular imaging

Can new diagnostic and therapeutic perspectives result from the use of radioisotope-labelled compounds and the introduction of novel instrumentation technology?

Subatomic Research – DRS

By exploring the properties and interactions of the subatomic particles that make up matter, the department’s physicists seek to understand the universe at all scales, from the infinitely small to the infinitely large. This field of study, which is both theoretical and experimental in nature, includes a variety of research domains, including nuclear physics, particle physics, and astroparticle physics. The Department of Subatomic Physics also carries out applied research, most often at the crossroads between disciplines, such as in radiochemistry and radiation protection.

Areas of expertise

  • Signal acquisition and analysis
  • Accelerators and beamlines
  • Micro connectors
  • Hybrid electronic systems
  • CMOS active-pixel sensors
  • Precision mechanics
  • Data analysis and Big Data

Our areas of research

Theoretical physics

Modelling and describing the structure of nuclear systems
Studying the physics of particles, from the mathematical underpinnings to the resulting phenomena

DNE – From nuclei to stars

Studying nuclear structure, interactions among nuclei, and stellar nucleosynthesis
Discovering new nuclei

From the Big Bang to particles

Studying the elementary particles that make up matter to better understand the universe’s basic physical laws at all scales, from the infinitely small to the infinitely large.

ALICE – A Large Ion Collider Experiment

Le groupe ALICE exploite les collisions ultra-relativistes du LHC (Large Hadron Collider) au CERN pour sonder les propriétés de la matière.

Belle II

Le groupe Belle II analyse les collisions leptoniques pour étudier les changements de saveur entre les quarks et découvrir de nouveaux processus non décrits par les théories physiques.

CMS – Compact Muon Solenoid

The CMS Experiment is of a worldwide collaboration of scientists conducting research on the fundamental nature of matter. The CMS group at IPHC has a well-known expertise and also responsibilities in the silicon tracker of the experiment.


Le groupe Neutrino de l’IPHC dédie ses recherches aux oscillations de neutrinos, à l’étude de la violation de la symétrie CP dans le secteur du neutrino et à la détection de neutrinos extra-terrestres.

OGMA – Observations with Gravitational waves & Multimessenger Astronomy

The research of the OGMA team is centred on multimessenger astronomy: the combination of gravitational, neutrino and electromagnetic observations to extract informations on astrophysical sources and their emissions, in particular on the origin of high energy cosmic rays.

PICSEL – Physics with Integrated Cmos Sensors and ELectron machines

Le groupe PICSEL développe des capteurs à pixels monolithiques actifs, principalement pour les trajectographes et des détecteurs de vertex des expériences de physique des particules présentes et futures.

Energy, the environment and radiation dosimetry

Applying basic knowledge to tackle societal challenges related to energy, health, and the environment

DNR – Données Nucléaires pour les Réacteurs

The research activities of the Nuclear Data for Reactors (DNR) team are focused on improving the knowledge of (n,xn) reactions.


The Radiochemistry group develops fundamental and applied research in the downstream part of the nuclear power cycle.

DeSIs – Dosimétrie Simulation Instrumentation

Les travaux de recherche du groupe DeSIs s’articulent autour des problématiques de radioprotection pour la santé, l’environnement et l’industrie.

Analytical sciences – DSA

The Department of Analytical Sciences aims at developing novel analytical techniques to understand the interactions between humans and their environment (e.g., pollution, diet) and for diagnosing and imaging of human diseases. To this end, the department is composed of researchers who are highly skilled in separating and analysing molecules; characterising molecular properties and functions; and, if necessary, designing new, better adapted molecules.

Areas of expertise

  • Development and application of separation techniques
  • Identification of natural bioactive molecules
  • Bioassays for therapeutic products
  • Extraction and analysis of metals
  • Development of membrane and adsorption processes
  • Bioproduction : energy, molecules of high added value
  • Synthesis
  • Quantitative proteomics
  • Identification of biomarkers
  • Characterisation of therapeutic proteins
  • Structural and supramolecular mass spectrometry
  • Luminescence spectroscopy

Our areas of research

Biochemical applications of mass spectrometry

Mass spectrometry and proteomic analysis of peptides, proteins, and biological complexes

Synthesis for analysis

Synthesising and studying novel molecules for use in medical analysis and imaging

Molecular recognition and separation processes

Characterization of molecular structure properties, design of innovative separation and production (bio)processes, depollution/recycling, valorization of resources

Analytical chemistry for the study of bioactive molecules and pharmacognosy

Study and identification of bioactive molecules from different sources : plants, fungi, foods, bacterial strains, and medicines