The 1st year Master (AIV M1) program will give you a solid background in quantitative biology through fundamental approaches such as mathematics, physics and computer science, as well as emerging fields such as systems and synthetic biology. You will also become familiar with statistical and modeling analysis tools, and with highly sophisticated technologies (nano-fabrication, fluorescence microscopy, micro-fluidics, molecular forces measurements, etc.) allowing the characterization of the molecular mechanisms underlying biological phenomena.
The AIV M1 program starts with the refresher weeks which aim at reducing the gap between the various backgrounds of the students, and thus raising their knowledge to a common level needed to follow the courses.
AIV students must then choose at least four modules, plus one complementary module, within the list below. Other complementary modules may be taken as options, in order to strengthen the student's competence in his/her initial discipline. AIV teachers must approve the choice of modules, according to the student's curriculum and training program.
Courses (6 ECTS each)
Refresher weeks (mandatory)
Science and Medicine
Dynamics of Living Systems
Experimental Methods for Quantitative Biology
Systems Biology Statistics
During the second semester, the students follow a course on Scientific Communication and attend interdisciplinary seminars delivered by French and international scientists, which relate examples of interdisciplinary life-science research or present certain aspects of research, such as laboratory life, organization of research, history of biology, or biology and ethics.
Courses (3 ECTS each)
5 Months Internship (24 ECTS)
The AIV M1 training is concluded by a long internship (five months) that may be carried out in a laboratory proposing an integrative approach to biology, or within the framework of a collective project, such as the iGEM synthetic biology competition. At the end of the internship, students present their work in a 30-minute seminar format.