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Pierre and Marie Curie University
Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Established 1971, following the division of the University of Paris (1253)
Type Public
President Jean-Charles Pomerol
Students 30,000
Location Paris, France
Campus Paris
Nickname Paris 6
Affiliations Paris Universitas

Pierre and Marie Curie University (Université Pierre et Marie Curie or UPMC - Paris Universitas or Paris 6) is a French university, principal heir to the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Paris. UPMC is now the largest scientific and medical complex in France, active in all fields of research with scope and achievements at the highest level, as demonstrated by the many awards regularly won by UPMC researchers, and the many international partnerships it maintains across all five continents.[1]

It has over 180 laboratories, most of them associated with the Centre national de la recherche scientifique.

It is located on the Jussieu Campus in the Latin Quarter of the 5th arrondissement in Paris.

Some of its most notable institutes and laboratories include the Institut Henri Poincaré, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, Laboratoire d'informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6), Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu/Chevaleret (shared with University Paris Diderot) and the Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel (shared with Ecole Normale Supérieure).

The University's Faculty of Medicine includes the Pitié-Salpêtrière and Saint-Antoine hospitals.

The University is ranked 40th in the World and 1st in France by the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities.[2] It was ranked 7th in the world in the field of mathematics by the same study. The UPMC is a member of Paris Universitas.

Some statistics about UPMC:[3]

  • 30,000 students (22,000 science students – 8000 medical students)
  • 8000 post-graduate students
  • 2200 post-graduate diplomas (DEA and DESS i.e. master's equivalent) and 150 engineering degrees (master's equivalent) awarded each year
  • 4000 teaching academics/researchers
  • 3000 engineers & technicians, administrative & logistic staff, 4 broad interdisciplinary sectors of research
  • 180 research laboratories
  • 300 doctorates in medicine
  • 700 doctorates in science based upon thesis work
  • 550 contractual cooperation agreements for research on innovative programs
  • 330 partner institutes in science and medicine
  • 100 contractual agreements under the terms of research projects subsidized by the European Commission
  • 6 Centers of Excellence selected by the European Commission to host doctoral students who are granted Marie Curie scholarships
  • 4250 students of 121 different nationalities



The campus was built in the 1950s and 60s, on a site previously occupied by wine storehouses. The Dean, Marc Zamanski, saw the Jussieu campus standing as a tangible symbol of scientific thought in the heart of Paris, with the Faculty of Science, set in the Latin Quarter, as part of an intellectual and spiritual continuum linked to the university history of Paris. In 1968, the Paris Faculty of Science was divided into a number of different universities. The University of Paris 6 became the scientific center and was set up in 1971; it shares the Jussieu campus with the University of Paris 7 and the Paris Geophysical Institute (Institut de Physique du Globe). In 1974, the University of Paris 6 chose a prestigious champion when it adopted the official title "Université Pierre et Marie Curie", and ever since has endeavored to perpetuate the scientific legacy of these forebears. UPMC is now the largest scientific and medical complex in France, active in all fields of research with scope and achievements at the highest level.[4]

Main Research Sectors

Research at UPMC covers fields in all the major areas of international research, including life sciences, health, genomics & post-genomics, sciences of the universe and the environment, optics, laser technology, information processing, communications, and modeling.

Research falls into four broad, interdisciplinary sectors : (see Les écoles doctorales de l'UPMC)

These sectors cover a full range, from pure and basic research to applied science. Many research laboratories are involved in more than one sector. The development of research projects can be seen as the foundation stone for innovation and as the medium-term response to the challenges of a modern society.

Modeling & Engineering

UPMC has achieved levels of excellence in most fields in the modeling & engineering sector. UPMC is a leading university in the world in mathematics: pure mathematics, digital computation, probability, statistics, and combinatorics. Information Technology is focused on areas of excellence: architecture, networks, systems, artificial intelligence, programming and scientific computation. In the field of electronics, work is concentrated on the articulation of architecture, electronics, artificial intelligence and signal processing.

In mechanics strong links have been built up with applied mathematics and macroscopic physics, working on future developments: fluid dynamics, instability, turbulence, energy transfers, complex systems and coupled phenomena.

In this sector, UPMC encourages initiatives in scientific and medical imaging, artificial intelligence and robotics. Such genuinely multidisciplinary initiatives involve the concerted efforts of mathematicians and experts in electronics, information technology and mechanical science, who have the facilities for working with medical teams wishing to collaborate on projects on medical imaging, micro-surgery, assistance for disabilities and artificial organs. Research cooperation agreements have been set up with leading industrial groups and these cooperation programs will now be institutionalized through the new department for industrial and business activities [SAIC - Service d’Activités Industrielles et Commerciales].

Matter & New Materials

Research in physics at UPMC covers virtually every field in the discipline. Subject areas which are often cross-disciplinary, involving a number of research laboratories, have been organized around four lines where the university has developed extensive expertise and is now at the leading edge of research :

Historic View of University
  • basic phenomena: fields, particles, atoms and molecules
  • optics (lasers and measurement) and diluted matter
  • condensed matter: structure, order and disorder and complex materials
  • nanonetworks, surfaces and interfaces

The chemistry laboratories have based their lines of research on the principle of interdependence between synthesis, analysis, studies of structures and properties of new chemical compounds :

  • design and production of new materials
  • characterization of new materials using different forms of spectroscopy and microscopic techniques, and the study of their properties
  • studies of reaction mechanisms
  • modeling chemical reactions
  • development of new analytical techniques

Projects involving a number of disciplines are mainly joint studies of new materials. Applications concern fields as diverse as concretes, catalysis and new materials for rapid information technology, for analytical sciences and environmental tests, as well as new forms of energy storage and conversion.

Space, Environment & Ecology

Environmental studies, ranging from global to local, are at the borderlines or intersections of physics, chemistry, earth sciences and biology, and have expanded greatly. Two key lines have been developed :

  • the environment in the terrestrial context with research projects related to climate change, the impact of human activities on the continental and marine ecosystems, and the management of natural resources.
  • the environment in the context of space for astrophysics, with the establishment of the Paris Institute of Astrophysics, and investigations in the field of astroparticles.

Life Sciences & Health

Modern biology requires an integrated approach encompassing genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology, cell biology, the biology of development and physiology. UPMC has focused on two strategic areas as priorities:

1) further development of Group Research Institutes [IFR - Instituts Fédératifs de Recherche] --

The IFR at Saint-Antoine Teaching Hospital specializes in the physiopathology of cancers, inflammatory processes, and the hormonal mechanisms involved.

The Pitié-Salpêtrière Teaching Hospital contains two IFRs, one concentrating on neuroscience and the other on the heart, muscle and vessels. A third area of research covers the subjects of immunity and infection.

The IFR on Cell Communication & Regulation on the “Cordeliers” campus specializes in the field of cell biology, nutrition and immunology.

On the Jussieu campus, the IFR for integrated biology focuses on the integrated study of cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in development, reproduction, and the major physiological functions of animal and plant organisms, and their evolution.

2) network development of the interface between physics, chemistry, biology and medicine—by establishing a network of laboratories around an interdisciplinary technological platform development of a group program on post-genomics and proteomics, and specifically focused on the phenotyping and imaging of small animals.

UPMC Doctoral Schools

The UPMC Doctoral Schools (Les écoles doctorales de l'UPMC) are built around their own research teams, which are mostly associated with the CNRS, INSERM, INRA, INRIA, or IRD, as well as with research teams from other universities and partner organisations in the Île-de-France area. Each school organises doctoral studies in its own particular field and these are grouped around the four main research themes of the university. Links below are to UPMC branches, or to school head offices elsewhere:

View from the Seine River
Internal View

Pole of Modeling and Engineering

Pole of Matter and New Materials

Pole of Spaces, Environment, and Ecology

Pole of life sciences and health

Research Institutes

Research Laboratories, and Units

(Selected, just to indicate the variety—for complete lists see, Les écoles doctorales de l'UPMC

Historic View of The University

Pole of Modeling & Engineering

Pole of Matter & New Materials

Pole of Space, Environment & Ecology

  • TYPE OF VINE Centers Paris Azur in Geology - FR 32
  • Ecology, biodiversity, evolution, environment - IFR 101
  • Biological station of Roscoff - FR 2424
  • Center for the study of terrestrial and planetary environments - UMR 8
  • Laboratory of adaptation and diversity in marine environments - UMR 714
  • Laboratory for the study of radiation and matter in astrophysics - UMR 8112
  • Laboratory of space and instrumental studies in astrophysics (LESIA) - UMR 8109
  • Biological laboratory of oceanography of Banyuls - UMR 7621
  • Laboratory of oceanography of Villefranche/sea (LOV) - UMR 7093
  • Laboratory of oceanography and climate: numerical experiments on roaches - UMR 7159
  • Laboratory of biogeochemistry of the continental environment - UMR 7618
  • Laboratory of the biology of marine organizations and ecosystems - UMR 5178
  • Laboratory of the biology of development - UMR 7009
  • Laboratory of conservation of the species - UMR 5173
  • Laboratory of geoscience - Azure - UMR 6526
  • Laboratory of marine geoscience - UMR 7097
  • Laboratory of dynamic meteorology (LMD) - UMR 8539
  • Laboratory of mineralogy - petrology - UMR 7160
  • Laboratory of paleobiodiversity and paleoenvironments - UMR 5143
  • Laboratory of evolutionary parasitology - UMR 7103
  • Laboratory of physicochemistry of geological fluids - UMR 7047
  • Laboratory of molecular physics for the atmosphere and astrophysics - UMR 7092
  • Laboratory of the structure and operation of continental hydrous systems (SISYPHUS) - UMR 7619
  • Laboratory of systematic, adaptation, evolution - UMR 7138
  • Laboratory of tectonics - UMR 7072
  • Laboratory of the adaptation and evolution of muscular systems - FRE 2696
  • Laboratory of biomineralisation and paleoenvironments - I 247
  • Laboratory of adaptive mechanisms - UMR 7179
  • Laboratory of models in cellular and evolutionary biology - UMR
  • Laboratory of marine plants and biomolecules - UMR 7139
  • Laboratory of the operation and evolution of ecological systems 7625
  • Laboratory of the time-space frame of reference - UMR 8630
  • Sea and health Laboratory - UMR 7150
  • Oceanological observatory of Banyuls - UMS 2348
  • Oceanological observatory of Villefranche sur Mer - UMS 829
  • Aeronomy service - UMR 7620

Pole of Genomics, Cellular Communication Systems and New Therapeutic Approaches

  • Integrative biology - IFR 83
  • Heart, muscle, vessels - IFR 14
  • Immunity, cancer and infection - IFR 113
  • Neurosciences - IFR 70
  • Center for molecular genetics - UPR 2167
  • Group myology - UMR S 787
  • Laboratory antibiotics and digestive flora - EA 2392
  • Laboratory of chemical and therapeutic epidemiology of HIV infection - UMR S 720
  • Laboratory of cellular and molecular immunobiology of parasitic infections - UMR S 511
  • Laboratory of cellular and clinical immunology - UMR S 255
  • Laboratory of cellular and tissue immunology - UMR S 543
  • Laboratory of immunopathology and therapeutic immunointervention - UMR S 681
  • Laboratory of infectious immunophysiopathology - URA 1961
  • Cellular laboratory of biochemistry - UMR 7098
  • Laboratory of the biology of neuron/glial interactions - UMR S 711
  • Laboratory of the biology of development - UMR 7622
  • Laboratory of biology and physiological interactions - EA 2397
  • Laboratory of biology and therapies of immunizing pathologiies
  • Laboratory of orofacial biology - UMR S 714
  • Laboratory of fundamental cancerology and private clinic - UMR S 482
  • Laboratory of tumor growth, differentiation, and processes - UMR 51
  • Laboratory of experimental cytology and vegetable morphogenesis - EA 3494
  • Laboratory of differentiation and proliferation of adult cells - EA 1638
  • Laboratory of the dynamics of genetic information - UMR S 7147
  • Laboratory of the dynamics and physiopathology of neural networks - 667
  • Laboratory of the genetics of reproduction - EA 1533
  • Laboratory of the genetics of sensory deficits - UMR S 587
  • Cardiovascular laboratory of epidemiologic and molecular genetics - UMR S 525
  • Laboratory of the genetics and pathogenic capacity of viruses - EA 2
  • Laboratory of the genetics of mol. neurotransmission and neurodegenerative processes - fs-UMR7091
  • Molecular laboratory of the genetics of yeasts - URA 2171
  • Laboratory of molecular viral genetics - EA 3500
  • Laboratory of the instability of microsatellites and cancers - UMR S 762
  • Laboratory of nutrition and obesity: genetic and traditional approaches - UMR S 755
  • Laboratory of metabolism and intestinal differentiation - UMR S 505
  • Laboratory of modeling in clinical research - EA 3974
  • Laboratory of functional neuro-anatomy of behavior and its disorders - UMR S 610
  • Laboratory of the neurobiology of adaptive processes - UMR 7102
  • Laboratory of the neurobiology of intercellular signals - UMR 7101
  • Cellular laboratory of neuroimagery in vivo - ERT 1059
  • Laboratory of neurology and experimental therapeutics - UMR S 679
  • Laboratory of neuropsychopharmacology - UMR S 677
  • Laboratory of molecular and cellular neurosignalisation - UMR S 706
  • Vascular laboratory of pathology and renal endocrinology - UMR S 36
  • Laboratory of pharmacologenetic, metabolism and pharmacodynamics - E 6
  • Laboratory of physiol. and pharmaco. systemic cardiac, vascular and muscular - EA 3975
  • Laboratory of cellular and molecular physiology of plants - FRE
  • Laboratory of the physiology of the insect, indication and communication - R A 1272
  • Laboratory of the physiology of seeds - EA 2388
  • Laboratory of renal physiology and genomics - UMR 7134
  • Laboratory of physiology and vascular and renal pharmacology - UMR S
  • Laboratory of physiology and physiopathology - UMR 7079
  • Laboratory of physiology and physiopathology of motricity - R S 731
  • Laboratory of physiology and cellular therapy of the cornea - EA 398
  • Laboratory of membrane and molecular physiology of the chloroplast - 7141
  • Laboratory of physiology, biology of organizations, populations - UMR S 719
  • Laboratory of cellular and molecular physiopathology of the retina - UMR S 592
  • Laboratory of the physiopathology of the adipocyte and the hepatic cells - UMR S 680
  • Laboratory of the physiopathology of development - EA 4053
  • Laboratory of the physiopathology and therapy of the striated muscle - UMR 582
  • Laboratory of the physiopathology, genetics, pharmacol. cardiovascular - UMR S 621
  • Research laboratory exp., epidemio. and mol. for resistance to antibiotics - EA 1541
  • Molecular research laboratory on antibiotics - UMR S 655
  • Epidemiologic research laboratory in neurology and psychopathology - UMR S 708
  • Epidemiologic research laboratory in perinatal health and health of women - UMR S 149
  • Laboratory of replanning and repair of renal fabric - UMR S 702
  • Laboratory of resistance and survival of the tumoral cells - UMR S 7
  • Laboratory of cellular, dynamic indication circulatory and atherosclerosis - UMR 7131
  • Membrane laboratory of traffic and indication in the epithelial cell - UMR S 538
  • Laboratory of transduction of the signal and plasticity in the nervous system - UMR S 536
  • Laboratory of vulnerability, adaptation and psychopathology - UMR 75
  • Laboratory of the affections of the myeline and the muscular ionic cells - UMR S 546
  • Laboratory of the chimiokines and their receivers: cerebral function neuroendo. - UMR S 732
  • Laboratory of bio. determinants and comport. obesities and diseases of nutrition - EA 3502
  • Laboratory of the pathogenic interactions of plants - UMR A 217
  • Laboratory of diseases of the immune system - U 712
  • Laboratory of neuropeptides exchanges and hydrous and cardiovascular regulation - UMR S 691
  • Laboratory of nutritional and metabolic pathologies: obesity - UMR S 671
  • Laboratory of ABC conveyors and epitheliums normal and tumoral - UMR S 499
  • Laboratory of pain and stress - UMR S 713
  • Laboratory of the cortex and epilepsy - UMR S 739
  • Laboratory of the normal and pathologic development of the brain -
  • Laboratory of dyslipoproteinaemia and atherosclerosis: genetics, metabolism and therapies - UMR S 551

Some known academicians affiliated to UPMC (in the past or present)

Philippe G. Ciarlet

Jacques-Louis Lions

Haïm Brézis

Marc Yor

Evariste Sanchez-Palencia

Olivier Pironneau

Jean-Baptiste Leblond

Pierre-Arnaud Raviart

University Campus Locations

(See: University Campus Locations)

In Paris :

In the Paris region :

In other regions :

See also




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