About us

Since the beginning, the Institut Pasteur de Lille has been a research institute of excellence dedicated to infectious diseases. It has always combined basic aspects of science with potential applications. The first major success was the development of the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) by the first General Director of the Institute, Albert Calmette, and his co-worker Camille Guérin. BCG is the most widely used vaccine in the world and is still the only vaccine available against tuberculosis and leprosy.

During the last decades, the research topics of the Institut Pasteur de Lille have evolved in broader research areas, including parasitology, virology, bacteriology and immunology, as well as cancer and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. In 2009, the teams involved in infectious diseases and immunity decided to combine their efforts and create the "Center for Infection and Immunity of Lille" (CIIL). This center has officially been launched on January 1st 2010 as a mixed research unit of the Institut Pasteur de Lille, Inserm (U1019), CNRS (UMR 8204) and the Lille University.

Founded in 2010, the objectives of the Center for Infection and Immunity of Lille (CIIL) lie precisely within this context. The CIIL is part of the Pasteur Institute of Lille and is composed of 15 research teams, organized in three major research areas:
1 - Biology of the Pathogen,
2 - Strategies of Infection,
3 - Host Response and Inflammatory Processes.
It gathers complementary expertise, covering a wide range of disciplines from epidemiology, molecular and cellular virology, bacteriology and parasitology, to the immunological basis of infectious and non-infectious diseases and translation into clinical applications.
The targeted diseases include some of the major infections world-wide, such as hepatitis C, tuberculosis and malaria. However, other diseases of increasing public health concern are also addressed, including plague, whooping cough, schistosomiasis, toxoplasmosis, and various parasitic, fungal, respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections. Furthermore, deciphering the dialogue with the symbiotic microbiota might provide novel clues in our understanding of chronic inflammatory diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

 Key Figures

225 Membres

 88 Reasearchers

 63 Engineers, Technicians,


 14 Master students

 33 PhD students

 27 Post-Docs/ Researchers

 25 Nationalities