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M2 Gene Cell Development

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Objectifs pédagogiques de la formation

This curriculum aims at training the Master students with the most recent advances in several scientific domains, in order to prepare them to understand the forefront science at play in their internship laboratories and further during their Ph. D. thesis.

As mentioned above, the curriculum includes cell biology, genetics, epigenetics, stem cell biology, cancer biology and developmental biology. In addition practical training in Bioimaging and several practical courses are proposed.
Moreover, the students will prepare a bibliographical research and produce a written proposal for their internship. At the end of the internship, the students will present a written report and an oral defense.
Altogether, this training is a coherent suite of courses, seminars, practical training and training in presentation skills suitable for any prospective Ph. D. student as well as students aiming at an engineer career in research.
Importantly, the GCD curriculum tries to taylor the program to the purpose of each student: when pertinent, a course provided by another curriculum can be selected after discussion with the GCD course directors.

Lieu(x) d'enseignement
Pré-requis, profil d’entrée permettant d'intégrer la formation

The Gene Cell Development Master course is an intensive curriculum, comprising advanced courses, seminars and training by research. It is adapted to students with a Master first year degree, with a very strong background in cell biology, genetics, epigenetics. The students should also possess an open curiosity to approach new fields such as stem cell biology, cancer biology and developmental biology. Prerequisites in those latter three fields are those of a general bachelor degree. However, during the Master 2 curriculum, students will see how these integrative areas of science use all the background in cell biology, biochemistry and genetics. A B2 level understanding of English is recommended, although the goal of this training is also to allow improvement of the French students to master the English language.

  • Follow scientific conferences in english.

  • Ask scientific questions in various fields of biology and associated domains during scientific conferences and in other contexts.

  • Provide written and oral presentations of scientific data, scientific literature, personal results, personal project.

  • Reach a medium-level practice of scientific english.

  • Learn and practice various laboratory techniques.

Profil de sortie des étudiants ayant suivi la formation

The students mainly will follow a career in academic or industrial research, either as engineers or Ph.D. students. In the last three years, 90% of the students with a Ph. D. project have succeeded to obtain a doctoral fellowship.

Débouchés de la formation

The students mainly will follow a career in academic or industrial research, either as engineers or Ph.D. students. The main job prospects after this second year of masters will be in fundamental and applied research in France or abroad. This can be achieved mostly by pursuing a Ph.D. thesis, but a few engineer level positions are open after a master thesis. Positions will be found in major academic research institutes, affiliated to Universities, CNRS, INSERM, INRA, or CEA. The Ph.D. thesis will open the path to an academic research career. Aside academia, other job openings will be found in private companies, as this master degree provides background to become project manager in research and development, clinical research investigator or research engineer. This training is also recommended for clinicians and medical students willing to acquire a fundamental knowledge in cell and developmental biology, or in stem cell and cancer biology, and pursue clinical research. In the last three years, 90% of the students aiming to continue by a Ph. D. project have obtained a doctoral fellowship. Some students have complemented this Research Master formation by complementary training in Marketing or Management (MBA). Others have also continued a High School Teacher career.

Contexte Covid-19 (rentrée académique 2020-2021 pour cette formation)

Proposition de formation entièrement en distanciel jusqu'à fin décembre 2020 pour les étudiants internationaux retenus hors de France

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Laboratoire(s) partenaire(s) de la formation

Biologie du Développement et Reproduction
Biomarqueurs en cancérologie et onco-hématologie
Gamètes, Implantation, Gestation
Génétique Animale et Biologie Intégrative
Infection et inflammation Chronique
Institut des Cellules souches pour le traitement et l'étude des maladies monogéniques
Institut des Neurosciences Paris Saclay
Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell - DRF/JOLIOT
Laboratoire de Génétique et de biologie cellulaire
Modèles de cellules souches malignes et thérapeutiques
Stress génotoxique et cancer
Stabilité génétique et oncogenèse
Signalisation normale et pathologique de l'embryon aux thérapies innovantes des cancers
Institut de radiobiologie cellulaire et moléculaire.

Institut Jacques Monod, Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière, Curie Paris, Paris 6 UPMC, PRISM (LiLLE 1), and many other laboratories in Paris area, throughout France, and also abroad.


The first semester includes all the theoretical and practical common training and a bibliographic research. It starts early september to end in January for some courses (e.g. Pasteur Courses, see special description). The training proposed ("core courses) is complete and coherent scientifically and pedagogically. However, after discussion with the Master directors, students can be allowed to choose a course from another master and replace one of the core courses. This customized training aims at tailoring the Gene Cell Development Master to the student's professional project.t.

Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Other course (upon pedagogical agreement) 3
Non-coding RNAs and epigenetics 3 3 10
Neural stem cells and nervous system development 3 20 5
Genetic and Cellular Approaches to Development 3 20 2 8
Cell Dynamics and Communication 3 16 10 5
Bioimaging: Biological Digital Image Processing and Analysis 3 10 15
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Stem Cells, Practicals (to be associated with Development and Cancer, Seminars) 6 6 64
Mouse Genetics (Pasteur International Course, selective) 9 48.7 0 95
Molecular Biology of the Cell (Pasteur International Course, selective) 9 30 60
Development and Cancer, Seminars (Institut Curie International Course) 3 20 2
Development and Cancer, Practicals (to be associated with Development and Cancer, Seminars) 6 6 64
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Bibliography and scientific project of student's laboratory internship 6 2

The second semester is dedicated to a 5.5-6 month long internship in a research laboratory. As long as the topic and the project of the internship are validated by the Master's directors, the laboratory can be located either in Paris-Saclay perimeter, or outside, including France and abroad. (Caution: for students holding a Paris Saclay Fellowships, restictions apply).

Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
Internship 30 26 48
Modalités de candidatures
Période(s) de candidatures
Du 01/01/2022 au 28/02/2022
Du 01/04/2022 au 30/06/2022
Pièces justificatives obligatoires
  • Descriptif détaillé et volume horaire des enseignements suivis depuis le début du cursus universitaire.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Tous les relevés de notes des années/semestres validés depuis le BAC à la date de la candidature.

  • Lettre de motivation.

Pièces justificatives complémentaires
Responsable(s) de la formation
Isabelle GUENAL -
Anne-Hélène MONSORO-BURQ -