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13 Sep 2019

Institut Pasteur Cambodia is looking for a new Postdoctoral Scientist

Institut Pasteur Cambodia seeks a motivated Postdoctoral Scientist to study adaptive immune responses during flavivirus infection in Institut Pasteur funded project.
An Institut Pasteur funded postdoctoral position is available in the Immunology Unit of Dr. Tineke Cantaert at Institut Pasteur Cambodia to study adaptive immune responses during flavivirus infection. Our research is driven by the hypothesis that proper control of host adaptive immune responses are needed for a favorable clinical outcome during secondary flavivirus infection in humans. Appropriate cohort design and our location in a flavivirus endemic region enables us to explore new avenues of research.
The researcher will be involved in molecular characterization of human B and T cell responses during flavivirus infection. The successful candidate holds a PhD in life science and has a strong track record in the analysis of human adaptive immune responses and substantial molecular biology experience. Expertise in NGS and/or immunosequencing data analysis is a prerequisite for this function.
The Institute Pasteur Cambodia provides cutting edge biomedical research in bacteriology, virology, parasitology, immunology and epidemiology on pathogens endemic to South-East Asia. Institute Pasteur Cambodia is part of the Institut Pasteur International Network (IPIN), located in 26 countries on five continents, united by a shared mission to improve human health trough biomedical research. Present in numerous endemic areas, the network is a demonstrated fore player in identification and characterization of emerging infectious diseases.
The successful candidate will be part of a team of international researchers and participate in international research programs in a highly competitive scientific environment. Our Unit has strong collaborations within the IPIN, hence, mobility of the candidate is a highly favored.
The position is full time for minimum 2 years with the possibility of prolongation and will start March
2020. Salary is competitive to international standards and includes expatriate package.
Please send your application via email with CV, motivation letter, a brief outline of previous research, and contact details of two references to Tineke Cantaert ( More information can be found on and

10 Sep 2019

A glance into the past in Singapore!

It is always nice to see our alumni! The Options for the Control of Influenza meeting in Singapore was the occastion for the reunion of 2010 HKU-Pasteur Virology course students with Malik Peiris, HKU-Pasteur's Co-Director.

It is very inspiring to see everyone's the achievments. Shashank Tripathy, which was the major of the 2010 Virology course and gave a seminar at the School of Public Health in HKU earlier this week, is now Assistant Professor in the Microbiology and Cell Biology Department of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, Sandy Mak works for the National Public Health Laboratory in Singapore as a Scientific Officer and Naning Agustiningsih is a Junior Researcher at the National Institute of Health Research and Development, Jakarta, Indonesia.

HKU-Pasteur's courses are a unique opportunity for participants to build a strong and long-lasting network with students from all over the world and an international faculty of leading scientists. Join our LinkedIn group and the dedicated Facebook group! 

From left to right, Naning Agustiningsih, Sandy Mak, Shashank Tripathy and Malik Peiris. 

24 Jun 2019

Pasteur-Paris University International Doctoral Program 2020 (PPU)

The Institut Pasteur just announced the 2020 Pasteur-Paris University International Doctoral Program (PPU)! Applications for the program will open mid-September 2019. 
In 2009, the Institut Pasteur, the world leading biomedical research institute founded by Louis Pasteur in 1887, inaugurated the Pasteur Paris-University (PPU) international doctoral program in collaboration with several major Parisian science universities for students holding a Master degree (or equivalent) from a university outside of France and who have not worked or resided in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to their recruitment.
An exceptional PhD program in the exciting, dynamic and interactive research environment of the Institut Pasteur in collaboration with Parisian universities. A 3-year PhD program for students holding a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in science, medicine or related fields from a non-French university.
Educational program:
  • Improving public health and welfare through scientific discovery
  • Quest for knowledge beyond the frontiers of biological sciences
  • Satisfying scientific curiosity in a dynamic research environment
  • State-of-the-art technology platforms 
  • A three-year salary covering living expenses and social benefits
  • Assistance with housing and visas
  • Tailored courses and training to high
  • Close scientific supervision
  • Interactive environment for collaborations
  • Dedicated student club for science and social activities

23 Jun 2019

10th Advanced Course on Diagnostics (ACDx) in September 2019 in France

The Mérieux Foundation and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine will held the 10th Advanced Course on Diagnostics (ACDx) in les Pensières Center for Global Health Veyrier-du-Lac, France, from September 15 to 20, 2019:

"ACDx advocates for the role and the value of diagnostics in global health and builds capacity for critical decision-making on diagnostics in developing countries through partnerships and networks. This week-long intensive course is designed to enhance the knowledge and professional network of participants. This year there will be a focus on access to quality-assured diagnostics, especially for antimicrobial resistance control and epidemic preparedness, in addition to an overview of the latest advances in the field."

Course director: Prof. Rosanna Peeling Co-director: Dr. François-Xavier Babin

31 May 2019

[Job Opening] Institut Pasteur Paris is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow

The Microenvironment & Immunity Unit, Institut Pasteur, is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to study the weaning reaction and pathological imprinting (Al Nabhani, Immunity 2019). The weaning reaction is the vigorous intestinal immune response that induced by the expansion of the symbiotic microbiota in response to food diversification (from milk to solid food). This weaning reaction is critical in setting the reactivity of the immune system in the long term, and inhibition of the weaning reaction leads to increased immune reactivity and excessive susceptibility to inflammatory pathology in the adult. Microbiota-induced regulatory T cells (Ohnmacht, Science 2015) are induced during the weaning reaction and are required to prevent pathological imprinting.
We are now exploring the quality of the weaning reaction that is necessary to prevent pathological imprinting, as well as the dietary, microbial and immune elements involved. Furthermore, we aim to identify the mode by which the weaning reaction prevents pathological imprinting into adulthood, a form of memory that may be encoded in different types of cells on different molecular substrates. It is also possible that the peripheral and central nervous system is involved in coding such memory.
In addition, we are collaborating with pediatricians in order to identify biomarkers that can be used to follow the development of the weaning reaction and pathological imprinting in neonates and children. The eventual aim is to develop dietary and microbial measures to prevent pathological imprinting in neonates, as well as therapeutic measures to reverse such pathological imprinting in older children.
In order to investigate these issues, we wish to identify a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral fellow with a solid background in cellular immunology and experience with mouse models. It would be a plus if the candidate had also a background in epigenetics to explore modes of memory. Finally, the candidate should enjoy teamwork, as the complexity of this project requires help from diverse colleagues and collaborators. The position is open by the Fall of 2019.
Candidate should send their CV and a motivation letter to A first contact is usually established through a Skype interview, followed by an invitation to give an informal 30 minutes talk to the team at the Institut Pasteur, and half a day discussion with the members of the lab. A decision to hire is then taken after discussion with the team. Salary is established by the Institut Pasteur rules, with the exception of salaries obtained through European grants and the US Pasteur Foundation.

30 May 2019

Scientific symposium of the Pasteur Network in Kunming, PR China

Scientists from the Asian institutes of the Pasteur Network, the Merieux Foundation, and other partner institutions in the region, gathered in Kunming (May 28-29) to discuss options to improve preparedness and readiness in the control outbreaks of infectious diseases in the Lancang-Meking region.

The meeting was part of the efforts of the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai-Chinese Academy of Sciences to work together with the Yunnan Institute of Parasitic Diseases and other local institutions to forge stronger research capabilities to mitigate the impact of infectious diseases across the region. Roberto Bruzzone and Chris Mok represented HKU-Pasteur and discussed the ongoing collaborations in Southern China on influenza research and opportunities available through international courses.

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