YourI2BC is an association established for young researchers (Students, Postdoctoral researchers, and Technicians) to make it easier for them to progress through their careers.

Purpose of YourI2BC and plans for 2021-22

On Tuesday 12th October 2021, the YourI2BC young researcher’s organisation held its general assembly meeting and elected a new management board for the 2021-22 academic year.  The main aims of the organisation are:

  • Building skills for scientific communication.
  • Mediating language exchange between French and International researchers at I2BC.
  • Bonding socially with each other.
  • Helping one another through our experiences.
  • Offer emotional support for times when it gets tough.

What's planned for this year?

  • Rendez-vous mensuel: meet up at the end of the month with short scientific presentations followed by snacks and drinks.
  • Soirée langues: once a month get together for language exchange over coffee.
  • Invited seminars: inviting researchers from different disciplines to share their work.
  • Jour du barbecue: have a feast with everyone together and welcome the new year.
  • Sciences et arts: share your research work creatively.


The new YourI2BC board looks forward to running events in the following year, and hope to see everyone there!



Postdoctoral researcher

BARRE Team, Building 26, Genome Biology dpt

“I studied my undergraduate degree in Genetics at the University of Glasgow (UK) before undertaking a PhD at the same institution. My PhD project involved investigating the DNA topology of the “Xer” site-specific DNA recombination system in E. coli, using both traditional biochemistry and Atomic-force microscopy techniques. In March 2021 I joined the BARRE research group at I2BC as a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the mechanisms of Xer recombination involved in the spread of Vibrio cholerae pathogenicity, a topic known as IMEX (Integrative Mobile Elements exploiting Xer).”


Vice President

PhD student (2nd year)

Philippe BOULOC Team, Genome Biology dpt, Bat 400 in Orsay (but soon in Bat 23, at least I hope)

“I did my bachelor and my master ( fundamental microbiology) here in Orsay at the faculty of sciences. During my studies I had the opportunity to work on different bacteria such as Bacillus subtilis or Shewanella oneidensis during my previous internships in the I2BC. In Master 2 I joined the lab of Philippe Bouloc to work on regulatory RNAs of Staphylococcus aureus, and I obtained a grant that allowed me to pursue my research as a PhD student there. More specifically, I work on a sRNA that is involved in iron homeostasis, and the aim of my thesis is to decipher the regulatory networks of this sRNA using techniques of molecular biology and genetics.”



PhD (1st year)

Daniel GAUTHERET Team, Building 26, Genome Biology dpt

“I got my Licence and Master at the Paris-Saclay University. During my M2 internship, I studied group II introns with Maria COSTA, which are bacterial retrotransposons. I obtained my PhD scholarship to continue my research about a particular group II intron that specifically invades the groEL’s STOP codon of E.coli. The topic of my thesis is to determine its potential impact on its host cell and its mobility mode. Outside of research, I like horse riding, making cakes, and escape games.”

Monis Athar KHAN


PhD student (1st year)

Franck Chauvat Team, I2BC @CEA- Saclay, Microbiology Dpt

“I did my Bachelors in Engineering- Biotechnology at Amtiy University (India). I realized I wanted to pursue research and thus arrived in France for my Masters in Life Sciences and Health specializing in microbiology at Université Paris-Saclay. During my Master thesis I worked on figuring out the mechanism of intracellular biomineralization in cyanobacteria and was intrigued to pursue it further so now I am continuing to work on the same topic for my PhD. Outside science I like to cook, watch stand up comedy and will soon try to do some comedy myself”

Tom Mariotte


PhD student (1st year)

Jacques Oberto Team, building 12 (Gif), Microbiology Dpt

I got my Biology & Chemistry licence and Fundamental Microbiology master in Paris Saclay university. During my L2 and M2 internship I worked on archaea, which I find fascinating (and you should too). Naturally I wanted my thesis to be about archaea. During my PhD, which is supervised by Aurore Gorlas, I study the molecular mechanisms involved in the Thermococcales biomineralization (formation of minerals by living organisms). Outside of research, my interests are mostly Basketball and cooking.

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