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ABCV Advanced Biology Course in Virology

Master’s in Life Sciences, ENS, EPHE
BIO-M2-ABCV | Advanced Biology Course in Virology
Year and Semester : M2 | S2
Where : ENS Biology department | 46, rue d’Ulm Paris 5
Duration : 30 hours
First and last day of class : From February 1st to April 26th, 2023
Hours : every Wednesdays 17:15 - 19:45
Maximum class size : 24 students

This course is open to external students.
Contact : Maxime Ratinier or Frédérick Arnaud


Maxime Ratinier, EPHE
Frédérick Arnaud, EPHE, INRAe
PSL Graduate program Life sciences
Anahi Molla-Herman, CIRB Collège de France
Terence Strick, ENS, Université Paris Sciences et Lettres


Frédéric Keck (LAS, Paris)
Cyrille Mathieu (CIRI, Lyon)
Pierre-Yves Lozack (IVPC, Lyon)
Maxime Ratinier (IVPC, Lyon)
Massimo Palmarini (CVR, Glasgow)
Nuria Busquets (CReSA, Barcelona)
Carine Meignin (IBMC, Strasbourg)
Raphaëlle Metras (iPLESP, Paris)
Pauline Ezanno (BIOEPAR, Nantes)
Chris Bowler (IBENS, Paris)
Caroline Goujon (IRIM, Montpellier)
Jeroen Kortekaas (Boehringer, Lyon)




Virology | Pathogenesis | Innate immunity | Epidemiology | Entomology | Zoonosis | Mathematical modelling

Course Prerequisites

Basic knowledge in microbiology, molecular and cellular biology will be beneficial but no prerequisite is required as long as the student is keen to read the bibliography provided by the speakers before the sessions.

Course objectives and description

ABCV, Advanced Biology Course in Virology is designed for PSL Master and PhD students.
Aims : The goal of this course is to provide an overview of current research in the field of virology in order to understand the growing impact of emerging or re-emerging viral Infectious diseases for human and animal health.
Themes : Viruses are strictly intracellular parasites and therefore developed multiple strategies to subvert host cell machinery and defenses. Their modes of transmission are also very diverse with consequences on the measures that can be implemented to prevent or control their spread within the targeted population. Altogether, the threat pose by viruses can only be tackled with multidisciplinary approaches between fields such as molecular virology, medicine, entomology, ecology, mathematical modelling, human science and other fields.
Organization : The course will be based on research seminars (each including an introduction for the non-specialists) by junior or senior scientists recognized in their field.
Plenty of time will be made available to exchange with the speakers.
The seminars are open to everyone but with limited space for students requiring grade (24 students maximum).
The program will be organized over 12 lectures, in visio-conference, at a frequency of one session per week (every Wednesday from 17h15 to 19h45), from the 1st of February to the 26th of April (excluding 8th of March, PSL Week). The complete program will be made available shortly.


At each session, two students will be asked to present an article selected from the speaker’s publications or field. Evaluation will be based on the oral presentation, quality of article analysis and answers to questions.

Course material

To be determined

Suggested readings

• Traité de virologie médicale, 2ème édition (Société Française de Microbiologie)
• The Biology of Mosquitoes, Volume 3, “Transmission of viruses and interactions with bacteria” (A.N. Clements)
• Podcasts about viruses :

Application procedure

The seminars are open to everyone but with limited space for students requiring grade (24 students maximum). Registration is therefore mandatory.

Please send these information and documents in your application email to abcv_pgls chez :
Last name, first name, study program (PSL Life Sciences Master, other...), study year (M1, M2, Doctoral candidate), CV and motivaton letter.
Do you need to be graded to receive ECTS for this course ?

Application Deadline

January 25th, 2023