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The Center for Infection & Immunity of Lille (CIIL) develops research projects on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of infectious and chronic inflammatory diseases with the aim to apply this knowledge to the development of improved diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics. To achieve these goals, our Center 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 CIIL studies bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases and the immune reaction against these infections as well as related immune dysfunctions of non-infectious diseases such as allergic asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We also work on opportunistic infections in the context of cystic fibrosis which is the most frequent human genetic disease. The major infectious diseases that we investigate are tuberculosis, pneumococcal pneumonia, whooping cough, plague, hepatitis C and E, influenza, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), COVID-19, malaria, schistosomiasis, toxoplasmosis, cryptosporidiosis and blastocystosis.

Jean Dubuisson,

The CIIL is the largest joint research unit in the biomedicine (Inserm U1019; CNRS UMR9017; University of Lille, Institut Pasteur de Lille, CHU de Lille) in the North of Paris, bringing together 14 teams, around 220 people, around 2 transversal themes: i) Innovative Anti-infectious Approaches and ii) Respiratory Diseases. CIIL members have access to the cutting-edge expertise and equipment of technological platforms present on the campus of the Institut Pasteur de Lille and in the Lille metropolitan area (Lille University Hospital and University of Lille) and grouped together within the 'UMS- Biology Health of Lille. We collaborate with numerous teams around the world and are open to any partnership providing complementary or synergistic expertise and interests. We are also always happy to welcome young scientists or other more experienced, motivated and talented people wishing to develop an original and ambitious project corresponding to our research themes. Do not hesitate to contact us !

Nathalie Mielcarek,
Deputy director

The CIIL's « Management office » is a support service for the research activities developed by the Centre's scientific teams.
In connection with the researchers and in close collaboration with the dedicated services of the partner institutions, it ensures the follow-up and management of both research projects and state subsidies.
This Unit is also in charge of all procedures relating to the reception of students and trainees as well as the recruitment of the resource persons necessary to achieve the scientific objectives.

Isabelle Aslani,
Secretary General