The Louvain Institute of Biomolecular Science and Technology brings together more than 150 research staff working in the field of biology and using molecular and cellular tools.  The general objective is to create an environment favorable to high profile research activities.  More specific aims are as follows :

  • to promote high quality basic research in the life sciences
  • to promote applied projects that emerge from basic research
  • to attract young talented researchers and help them develop a successful team
  • to favor the transfer of know-how
  • to favor the setting up of interdisciplinary projects
  • to improve the scientific training of young researchers
  • to set up technological platforms available to the whole scientific community


Administrative organization

Head of the institute : René Rezsohazy   Vice-heads of the institute : Cathy Debier and Pierre Morsomme       Administrative coordinator :...


Our research at the LIBST is mainly funded by regional, federal and international grants.  However, philantropy can have an essential impact on our research efforts.  Financial gifts can...

Job opportunities

PhD position in cell biology /cancer cell immunology


LIBST thesis

Magali BELPAIRE : Molecular and functional interactions between HOXA1, NF-κB and ERα in breast cancer.


Our DHC, Emmanuelle Charpentier, wins the Nobel Prize in...

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier, Doctor honoris causa of the LIBST in 2018, and to Jennifer Doudna, two geneticists who have developed "molecular scissors"...

The Chromosome waltz

To generate our reproductive cells (the gametes), our cells use a double division called meiosis. It aims to create male or female gametes that consist of 23 chromosomes, not 46 chromosomes like...

Cancer cells deactivate their ‘Velcro’ to go on the...

Cancer cells remain clumped together via a sort of ‘Velcro’ which allows them to adhere to each other wherever they appear. In order for cancer cells to leave a tumour and spread throughout...