The unit is deeply involved in teaching. Currently, there are 18 professors or assistant professors within the unit and this figure will significantly increase in the future.

The teaching projects in which the unit has a leading position, which include primarily Master degree programs, are listed below.

Master of Biomedical engineering (BME-Paris) : This is a joint program of the University Paris Descartes (biomedical aspects) and the PRES Paris Tech (French grandes écoles (schools) in Engineering). It is a 2 year Master program in English (50% foreigners in the first year). Specialties cover Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Biotherapy, Bioimaging, Neuroengineering, System and Synthetic biology. R. Barouki instituted the program in 2010 and is the present co-chair (representing the university). F Rannou (group 2) co-chairs the Biomechanics specialty and M. Piétri (group 5) co-chairs the Master 1 program with another associate professor (S. Bernard).

Master of Toxicology : This Master includes two specialties at the M2 level, one oriented towards drug toxicity and the other towards environment and health. The latter is co-chaired by R Barouki with an important contribution of X. Coumoul and M. Aggerbeck (group 1). In the next 5-year program, X Coumoul will chair the entire Master level program (M1-2).

Master 1 in Pharmacology and Toxicology : chaired by X. Coumoul (group 1). This program aims at training students in both the pharmacological and toxicological fields and at providing a solid background in cell signaling and physiology. It will be remodeled in 2014 in order to be implemented into both the new Master of Toxicology and the Master of Pharmacology of the PRES.

PhD schools : several members of the unit have been involved in the selection committees of two PhD schools : MTCI (Medication, Toxicology, Chemistry, Imaging) and  BioSPC (Bio Sorbonne Paris Cité).

Undergraduate biomedical studies (Licence Biomédicale) : Several members of the unit have extensive duties related to the biochemistry, cell biology and neurobiology aspects of the program.

Participation in several important programs outside our university. Laboratory member are involved for example in the “Agrégation de Sciences de la Vie, Sciences de la Terre et de l’Univers” (O. Kellermann, chair, group 5) the Master of Public Health degree program (X Coumoul, R Barouki) and the biology courses at the polytechnical school (Ecole Polytechnique, B Schneider, group 5).

Innovative teaching : the unit is part of the CRI (Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity) Idefi led by F Taddéi,  funded by the Grand Emprunt (french National Loan) which aims at developing interdisciplinary, project-driven, novel teaching approaches. In addition, the unit has also been involved in introducing novel teaching procedures for the licence level programs (X. Coumoul, clickers, interactive multimedia procedures).

Several members of the unit are also involved in the “Institut Villebon – Georges Charpak” (X. Coumoul, C. Chauvet, and E. Blanc, who is the coordinator of the curriculum for the University Paris Descartes). This undergraduate curriculum aims to allow promising students, who may sometimes be victims of self-censorship due to their social environment or the formal nature of teaching styles but who are interested in science, to obtain a degree and to gain the confidence and motivation necessary to continue their studies at the Master’s level or at an engineering school (“Grande Ecole”). Course instruction employs an active pedagogy based on experimentation in the spirit of Georges Charpak’s “main à la pâte” program. It has been specifically designed to promote the students’ confidence in their capacities to develop a desire to learn and to develop their creativity. It is based on interdisciplinary projects rooted in concrete applications as well as allowing considerable space for personal development.

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