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The Center for Molecular Biophysics (CBM) is a key participant in the development of biophysics in France and Europe, and the largest research laboratory in the Centre Region of France.

The Center was founded in 1967 to set up interdisciplinary collaboration between chemists, biologists and physicists, with a research focus on understanding the specific properties of biomacromolecules.

Researchers at the CBM, working at the physics-chemistry-biology interface, seek insight into the structure, dynamics and interactions of biomacromolecules, at different levels: in vitro and in silico, but also in vivo, as it is at this level that the challenge for the coming years lies. This approach entails searching for the causes of macromolecular dysfunctions which trigger the development of certain diseases.

Research at the CBM is structured in 4 teams which group 15 thematic groups, and is supported by administrative and technical staff.

Facts and figures

Administrative information:

  • Type: intramural CNRS laboratory (Unité Propre de Recherche, fully funded and managed by the CNRS)
  • Laboratory code: UPR4301
  • Director: Eva JAKAB TOTH
  • Primary research institut: Chemistry
  • Secondary research institut: Biological Sciences
  • Contracted with the University of Orléans
  • Regional CNRS Office: Centre Poitou-Charentes (DR08)

* located on the CNRS campus in Orléans-La Source
* surface area of the laboratory: 6 300 m²


  • 86 members (25 CNRS researchers, 2 Inserm, 21 Faculty, 38 engineers and technicians CNRS)
  • employees under temporary contracts: 20
  • PhD students: 30

Local scientific connections:

  • University of Orléans/CNRS science cluster: Physics and chemistry of living organisms; Biological Systems
  • Graduate School, University of Orléans: Science and Technology
  • Main development strand of the Regional Council: Nutrition, health, welfare

Involvement in research associations

Researchers at the Center for Molecular Biophysics participate in the activities of several French and international learned societies, such as the Société française de biophysique (SFB), founded in Orléans in 1982, the European Biophysical Societies Association (EBSA), and the Société francophone de thérapie génétique et cellulaire (SFTGC).