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French Institute of Bioinformatics

Published on 30 January 2015
IFB, the French Institute of Bioinformatics is a National Infrastructure in Biology and Health that aims to provide to the national and international life science communities core bioinformatics resources for genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc. These bioinformatics resources are developed in the context of major research projects on microorganisms, plants, health, phylogeny, etc.
ESFRI-logo.jpgThe IFB is the French contribution to the European infrastructure ELIXIR, as detailed by ESFRI, the European roadmap for research infrastructures.

Its missions :

  • Establish an informatics infrastructure dedicated to the management and analysis of biological data, especially those generated by “omics” technologies. This infrastructure is based on important material resources (storage and computing). It will provide a privileged access to high level developments, notably including databases
  • Promote innovative technological developments in bioinformatics to answer research questions in the field of life sciences
  • Give access to databases and tools
  • Provide support for biology programs in terms of project guidance and training
  • Provide added value to the data generated by biology platforms 
  • Offer trainings on the tools and technological developments made by the teams of the IFB network, and on themes (transcriptomics, statistics, etc.)


INRA, CNRS, Inserm, Inria, CEA, Institut Pasteur, Institut Curie and universities.


The IFB consists of a national node, with the IFB core having its own informatics infrastructure, and 20 bioinformatics platforms spread throughout the country and grouped into six regional poles.




Jean-François Gibrat, at the MIG (Mathématique, informatique et génome) laboratory (INRA in Jouy-en-Josas)

IFB at the CEA

Several DSV teams participate in this infrastructure, including the comparative genomics laboratory from the Genoscope (CEA-IG). Its main objective is to implement informatics resources necessary to extract meaningful information from the data of currently available microorganismal genomes, or those being sequenced. The team develops or integrates informatics tools for the analysis of biological data