IBDM | Institut de Biologie du Développement de Marseille

Our missions

The Marseille Developmental Biology Institute (IBDM), overseen by the CNRS (National Scientific Research Centre) and the AMU (Aix-Marseille University), hosts about twenty teams whose research is primarily oriented towards the understanding of how an embryo develops in an adult organism.

The teams aim, in particular, at exploring how defects during this process may occur and initiate various pathologies. By investigating how such aberrations may be corrected, we provide keys for therapeutic interventions. Our results lead to patents, and some of our researchers are founders of start-up.

The IBDM also has the mission to train the future generation of researchers. To this end, our laboratories welcome a large number of students for internships or PhDs, as well as young researchers (post-docs), from all over the world.

Our values

We ensure that every IBDM member feels at home at the institute and has a transformative experience for their career and personal development

Beyond research, the IBDM promotes a number of values aiming at fostering a harmonious communication, collegial interactions, and a good work-life balance for all its members. The institute also cares about reducing its environmental impact.

We host students and scientists from all over the world. The IBDM has produced a Welcome Pack to help newcomers settle in Marseille,  and dedicated staff guide them through the various administrative steps. PhD students are supported by a PhD committee throughout their thesis with regular meetings to assess project progression, integration, and well-being.

As a diverse international community, all our activities and internal communication are in English. Every week, IBDM scientists gather for internal seminars to discuss their work. We also invite international speakers on various topics all year-long through our external seminar program.

In addition, we have many opportunities to informally discuss science and the institute life through social events such as our monthly Late sessions, Breakfast sessions, Institute  retreats, & summer picnics.


The IBDM is connected to networks of excellence


The Green IBDM committee aims to promote concrete efforts to reduce waste and energy consumption


We are located on the most scenic campus in France, in the middle of the Calanques National Park

Our organisation

Management team, Administration and finances, computer facilities, technical and logistics services, Health and Safety, Training, Teachers, Green IBDM referents…

Research teams
Model Organisms
Staff and Students