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ABCV Advanced Biology Course in Virology

PSL Master in Life Sciences - ENS IMaLiS
BIO-PG-ABCV-S2 | ABCV Advanced Biology Course in Virology
Year : 2 (M2)
Semester : 2 (S2)
Duration : 30 hours | Every Wednesday 17:00 to 19:30, from February 17th to May 12th, 2021
Venue : ENS Biology Department or by video conferencing
Maximum class size : 24 students max., registration is therefore mandatory


Maxime Ratinier (EPHE)
Frédérick Arnaud (EPHE)


The course will be organized over 12 lectures at a frequency of one session per week (every Wednesday from 17h to 19h30), from February to May.
The course will take place either at the ENS or by video conferencing. The complete program will be made available shortly.




Virology, pathogenesis, innate immunity, epidemiology, entomology, zoonosis, mathematical modelling.

Course Prerequisites

Basic knowledge in microbiology, molecular and cellular biology.

Course objectives and description

Advanced Biology Course in Virology (ABCV) is a new course designs for PSL Master and PhD students.
Aims : The goal of this course is to provide an overview of current research in the field of virology in order to understand the growing impact of emerging or re-emerging viral Infectious diseases for human and animal health.
Themes : Viruses are strictly intracellular parasites and therefore developed multiple strategies to subvert host cell machinery and defenses. Their modes of transmission are also very diverse with consequences on the measures that can be implemented to prevent or control their spread within the targeted population. Altogether, the threat pose by viruses can only be tackled with multidisciplinary approaches between fields such as molecular virology, medicine, entomology, ecology, mathematical modelling, human science and other fields.
The course will be based on research seminars (each including an introduction for the non-specialists) by junior or senior scientists recognized in their field.
Plenty of time will be also allowed to exchange with the speakers.
Organization : The seminars are open to everyone but with limited space for students requiring grade (24 students maximum). Registration is therefore mandatory.


At each session, two students will be asked to present an article selected from the speaker’s publications or field.
Evaluation will be based on the oral presentation, quality of article analysis and answers to questions.

Suggested readings

• Traité de virologie médicale, 2ème édition (Société Française de Microbiologie)
• The Biology of Mosquitoes, Volume 3, “Transmission of viruses and interactions with bacteria” (A.N. Clements)
• Podcasts about viruses :

Application and registration procedure

• Informations :
• Register through the following link :