The French bioinformatics community is currently setting up a national infrastructure of services in bioinformatics called “Institut Français de Bioinformatique” (IFB). IFB serves as a unique entry point for requests of services from the life science community and is in charge of coordinating and structuring the activities of the regional bioinformatics platforms. IFB is the prospective French ELIXIR Node.

Collaborating organizations

IFB consists of a national hub, IFB-core, and more than 20 bioinformatics platforms organized in six regional centers. These PFs belong to the main French research organizations:

  • CNRS: National Centre for Scientific Research
  • CEA: Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
  • INRA: National Institute for Agriculture Research
  • INRIA: National Institute for Computer Science and Control
  • INSERM: National Institute for Health and Medical Research

Provision of services

The main task of IFB is to provide core bioinformatics resources to the French life science community.  The resources that are provided correspond to i) well-curated specialized databases, ii) online tools and services, iii) dedicated IT infrastructures, iv) support to life science projects and v) training.

IFB platforms intend to provide added value to various data produced routinely by biological platforms and newly created national infrastructures in sequencing, genotyping, proteomics, metabolomics, etc. IFB, as the French ELIXIR node, will focus on the development of services for integrative curation of biological data.

IFB will provide access to well-curated databases, tools and services in:

three biological domains:

  • D-1: Microbial world
  • D-2: Plants
  • D-3: Health

two transversal fields:

  • F-1: Phylogeny and classification
  • F-2: Protein sequence and structures

and two transversal activities:

  • A-1: Management and analysis of metagenomic data
  • A-2: Deployment of an academic cloud dedicated to analyses of life science data

Building on the training and education programs already proposed by the regional PFs, IFB will endeavour to coordinate and compile a national training and education program based on E-learning technologies.

Head of Node

Claudine Medigue and Jacques van Helden (Joint Head of Node)

Technical Coordinator

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Christophe Blanchet
(CNRS: National Centre for Science Research)

Training Coordinator

Victoria Dominguez del Angel
Victoria Dominguez del Angel
(CNRS: National Centre for Science Research)

Deputy Head of Node

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Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon
(URGV - Plant Genomics Research)


French Institute of Bioinformatics (IFB)

Participating institutes

Lead institute