Patrick Forterre#


Patrick Forterre
Email:forterre 'at' pasteur.fr
Membership Number:4628
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:FRANCE
Section:ORGANISMIC & EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
Username:pforterre
Elected:2017
Homepage: http://research.pasteur.fr/fr/team/molecular-biology-of-gene-in-extremophiles



Present and Previous Positions
  • 2014 - until now Professor, Institut Pasteur
  • 2014 - until now Emeritus Professor, University Paris-Saclay
  • 1988 - 2014 Professor, University Paris-Sud
  • 2004 - until now Head of Unit, Institut Pasteur
  • 2003 - 2010 Head of the Microbiology Department, Institut Pasteur
  • 1999 -2005 Head of the Institut Fédératif de Recherche, Genome: Structure, function and evolution', CNRS, University Paris-Sud
  • 1988 - 2014 Head of the research group at the Institut de Génétique et Microbiology, CNRS, University Paris-Sud
  • 1986 - 1988 Associated Professor, University Denis Diderot, Paris VII
  • 1973 - 1986 Research Assistant, University Denis Diderot, Paris VII

Fields of Scholarship
  • Early life history: topology of the universal tree of life and nature of the Last Universal Common Ancestor.
  • Origin, nature and role of viruses in life evolution
  • Evolution of mobile elements, viruses and plasmids
  • Origin of DNA and DNA replication mechanisms
  • Molecular adaptation to high temperature, reverse gyrase
  • Molecular biology of Archaea and hyperthermophiles
  • Biochemistry of DNA topoisomerases and DNA polymerases
  • Extracellular membrane vesicles and viral vesicles
  • Comparative genomics, phylogenomics, molecular phylogeny

Honours and Awards
  • 2015 Elected to the European Academy of Microbiology
  • 2014 - 2019 ERC Advanced Grant, EVOMOBIL
  • 2004 - 2015 Senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF)

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