Gérard Eberl

2008 Laureate

Current position

Unit Director, Professor

Host institution

Pasteur Institute, Paris, France

Microenvironment and immunity



Lymphoid cells and the tissue microenvironment interact to define health and immunity of the host.



Microbiota, lymphoid cells and stromal cells develop a crosstalk that allows maintaining homeostasis, organize defense, and resolve inflammation to restore tissue integrity. Deregulation of this crosstalk prolongs inflammation or prevents the healing process, resulting in chronic inflammatory pathologies. Our previous work has led us to define central actors among pro-inflammatory lymphoid and stromal cells (in collaboration with the team of Lucie Peduto,, and to identify components of the symbiotic microbiota that efficiently modulate immunity.

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• 1996 : Ph.D. in Immunology , University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Giampetro Corradin's lab

• 1996-2003 : Postdoctoral fellow, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Switzerland, H. Robson MacDonald's lab followed by Immunology Skirball Institute, New York, USA, Dan Littman's lab

• 2005-2009 : head of the Lymphoid Tissue Development lab, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France

• 2010 : appointed head of the Microenvironment & Immunity Unit, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France

• 2015 : chair of the Department of Immunology, Institut Pasteur, France

• 2016 : appointed Director of INSERM U1224


• Innovator Award (2014) and Breakthrough Award (2015), Kenneth Rainin Foundation

• Elected EMBO member, 2013

• Jacques Oudin Award, French Society of Immunology, 2013

• Pasteur Vallery-Radot Award, from the French National Library, 2012

• Georges Zermati Award, from the Fondation de France, 2011

• Grant from the Simone e Cino del Duca Foundation, Institut de France, 2010