Institut national de la recherche agronomique

INRA a public organization employing some 8500 people, is the leading European agricultural research institute. The impact of food on human health and well-being is one of its strategic interests.

In 2006, INRA was involved in more than a hundred European research programmes, welcomed several thousand young people for training through research, achieved major advances in knowledge and innovations and participated in collective expert reports for public decision-makers. INRA hosts about 1,650 doctoral students including 365 foreign students.

Laboratories involved

Interactions des Firmicutes avec l'Environnement - INRA-IFE

Functionality of the Intestinal Ecosystem Laboratory - INRA-FIne

Equipe Interactions des bactéries commensales et probiotiques avec l'hôte - INRA-ProbioHote

Virologie et Immunologie Moléculaires - INRA-VIM

Jouy Research Center - Jouy-en-Josas

The 4 teams involved in CROSS-TALK are among the world leaders in metagenomics of the GIT microbiota, in the use of engineering lactic acid bacteria & probiotics as vector to deliver protein of interest including cytokines and have a long-standing record in genomics and post-genomics of firmicutes.

These teams are located at the Research Centre of Jouy-en-Josas (CRJ - and are associated to 3 graduate schools.

In FP6, CRJ has been coordinating 2 Marie-Curie Early Stage Training projects gathering 8 teams each, CROSS-TALK benefit from the CRJ administrative, financial and housing organisation (well connected to the nearby mobility centre).

The continuing training office of the CRJ is organising every year training sessions for about 230 ESR including 80 foreigners.

Material Ressources

The CRJ provides platforms for transcriptomics, proteomics of prokaryotes and eukaryotic cells, imaging & microscopy with Laser Capture equipment and flow cytometers. Bioinformatics and mathematics units develop novel tools and provide full support for all above activities. An animal facility for housing germ-free animals (rats and mice) is also present.

The CRJ has on-site accommodations (6 months accommodation is proposed to fellows), a ESR/ER association and an active sport and leisure association which are vectors of integration for foreigners.