Founded in 1976, the Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy is a research institute internationally renowned in its discipline which has developed an organization and practices designed to foster the creativity and risk-taking of its researchers.


All models, all scales, all fields of contemporary immunology

From worm to man, from molecules to the whole organism, from physiology to pathology the CIML addresses all areas of contemporary immunology, on many models and at various scales. These include the genesis of numerous cell populations, their modes of differentiation and activation, their implication in cancers, infectious and inflammatory diseases, and the mechanisms of cell death.

Breakthrough technologies and engineering

  • Large-scale immunophenotyping
  • Dynamic cell imaging
  • Functional genomics of C. elegans
  • Bioinformatics
  • Design and production of monoclonal antibodies

A global culture

  • 185 scientists, students and post-docs of 27 nationalities, including 6 of the Centre’s 15 team leaders
  • A multidisciplinary campus at the gates of nature
  • A 1000 hectares estate near the classified site of coves accommodates 10 000 students, 2 faculties, 6 grandes écoles and institutes, 32 research laboratories and 15 biotechnology companies, including four companies created on the initiative of Centre researchers

An open science

Lectures, books and films to popularise the discoveries, objects and issues of immunology

  • François Kourilsky: "Ingénierie de l’interdisciplinarité, un nouvel esprit scientifique", Editions l’Harmattan (2003)
  • Michel Fougereau: "L'immunologie"", Presses Universitaire de France (2001)
  • Bertrand Jordan: "Voyage around the genome", Inserm/John Libbey (1993), "Les imposteurs de la génétique", Seuil (2000), "Thérapie génique espoir ou illusion ?", Odile Jacob (2007)
  • Jean François Brunet, two documentary films co-produced with the director Peter Friedman: “Death by design”, Production ARTE, ZDF, les films du bouc, Strange Attraction ; "The life and times of life and times ", Production Films à Trois, La Sept ARTE, RTBF, Escapade
  • Sophie Ugolini & Eric Vivier: "Les cellules tueuses de l'immunité innée", Pour la Science n° 308 (2003)
  • Sophie Ugolini, Sophie Guia & Eric Vivier: "Nées pour tuer", Pour la Science n°368 (2008)