Key achievements

Established in 2012, the LabEx DEEP is an ambitious research program aiming to decipher the complexity of life and development of a whole organism, from the germ line, the biology of stems cells, up to the transitions between normal and disease states.

Scientific Excellence since 2012

The Institut Curie is a foundation of public interest, which combines the largest French cancer research center and two state-of-the-art hospitals. This hospital structure has pioneered many treatments and is a center of excellence for the treatment of breast cancer, pediatric tumors and ocular tumors. Besides, it disseminates medical and scientific innovations in France and abroad. Founded in 1909 on a model devised by Marie Curie and still at the cutting edge: “from fundamental research to innovative treatments”, the Institut Curie gathers together 3,000 researchers, physicians, clinicians, technicians and administrative staff.

Launched in April 2012 within the framework of the French National Research Agency (ANR) funding “Investissement d'Avenir”, the Laboratory of Excellence (Labex) DEEP (Development, Epigenetics, Epigenetics and lifetime Potential Laboratory of Excellence) unites 14 research teams from 2 research units from the Institut Curie: the Nuclear Dynamics Department and the Genetics and Developmental Biology Department. From 2012 to 2018, DEEP was coordinated by Pr. Edith Heard and Dr. Geneviève Almouzni. Since 2019, Dr. G. Almouzni ensures the coordination together with Dr. Pierre Léopold. Initially funded for 8 years between 2012 – 2019, we have recently been renewed for another 5 years from 2020 – 2024. Building on our history of scientific excellence, our renewal project meets new scientific challenges with high potential impacts both intellectually and therapeutically.

Key figures

Acquisition of cutting-edge technology
Starting packages for new teams
Postdocs & engineers recruited

Scientific Output

  • 90+ research contracts totaling over 35M€
  • 340+ total publications (average impact factor 11.5)

Dissemination, Training & Public Communication

Technology Transfer

  • 4 patent applications filed
  • 12+ R&D collaborations
  • 2 ERC Proof-of-Concept grants
  • 2 Carnot maturation grants

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A brief history of Institut Curie

In 1909, under the initiative of the University of Paris and the Institut Pasteur, Marie Curie founded the Institut du Radium which was comprised of the Curie laboratory, directed by Marie Curie and dedicated to physics and chemistry research and the Pasteur laboratory, directed by Dr. Claudius Regaud and dedicated to studying the biological and medical effects of radioactivity. In 1920, Curie and Regaud founded the Fondation Curie, a public interest institution to fund the activities and development of the Institut du Radium. In 1922 the hospital was founded.