I noticed that everyone was holding a folder under his arm: the sum of his merits to justify his request. President of this, founder of that, laureate of this-that, member of ..., ex -..., son of ..., recommended by ..., CEO of ..., already decorated with ... , member of the ...
[...] Rhinestones for Christmas card! You shake a little hard and it goes to powder.

You're handsome, you know!

Je remarque alors que chacun tenait un dossier sous le bras : la somme de ses mérites pour justifier sa requête. Président de ceci, fondateur de cela, lauréat de ceci-cela, membre de ..., ex-..., fils de ..., recommandé par ..., pédégé du ..., déjà décoré de ..., adhérent au ...
[...] Du strass pour carte de Noël ! Tu secoues un peu fort et ça part en poudre.

T'es beau, tu sais !

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Antoine DANCHIN  
安 東 • 唐善 
   [老 唐]

Mail : antoine[.]danchin[@]normalesup[.]org

Web site

Synthetic Biology

china Hong_Kong FR 
  CV en français


École Normale Supérieure, (ENS Rue d'Ulm, Paris) 1964-1968

Mathematics: Master's Degree 1965
Physics: Master's Degree 1965

Mathematics: AEA in Algebra and Number Theory, University Paris 6, 1966 (Pierre Samuel)
DEA in Classical Theory of Potential, University Paris 6, 1967 (Marcel Brelot)
Doctorate (3d cycle, PhD) in Physical Chemistry, University Paris 6, 1967 (supervisors: Marianne Grunberg-Manago, Mildred Cohn)

Science Doctorate (DSci) in Physics, University Paris 11, 1971

INDUSTRY (excerpts)

2009-2023 - Founder of AMAbiotics SAS (then Stellate Therapeutics), biotechnology company in microbiome-based therapeutics
2020-present - Co-founder of  Meletios Therapeutics, biotechnology company identifying antiviral remedies
2019-2023 - Kodikos Labs, synthetic biology laboratory
1981-2007 Scientific advisor for Institut Pasteur Production (IPP), then Sanofi, then Elf Bio Recherche, then Sanofi-Synthélabo, Sanofi-Aventis, finally Sanofi (heterologous expression of Human Growth Hormone and metabolic controls of gene expression)
1990-2003 Consulting for Pharma-Waldorf (Boehringer)
1992-1994 Consulting for Limagrain
1989-1992 Member of the Scientific Council of ORSAN RECHERCHE
1989-1992 Member of the Evaluation Committee of project EUREKA Labimap
1985-1989 Advisor for Rhône-Poulenc Agrochemistry (xanthan gum production)
1980-1985 Consulting for Genetica (until acquisition by Rhône-Poulenc)


The University of Hong Kong

2017 - 2024 - Honorary Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Hong Kong University
2003 - 2016 - Honorary Professor, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Hong Kong University
2000 - 2003 - Founder and Director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Centre Ltd, Hong Kong

Beijing Genome Institute

2013 - present - Honorary Professor, BGI Shenzhen
2013 - present - Senior Advisor, China National GeneBank (Shenzhen)

Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology

2014-2019 - School of Synthetic Biology, Peacock program

Stellate Therapeutics (AMAbiotics SAS)

2013-2019 - Member of the Scientific Board
2010-2015 - President founder
2010-2013 - Chief Executive Officer
March 2019-2022 - Scientific advisor

Kodikos Labs

2019-2023 - Chief Scientific Officer

Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière

March 2016-February 2019 - Professor extraordinary

Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives

2009-2015 - Scientific advisor

École Polytechnique

1965-1966         Instructor in Mathematics (Laurent Schwartz)
1972-1975         Lecturer in Biology (with Maurice Guéron: creation of the Biology cursus)

Institut Pasteur

1986 - 2000 - Head of the Unit Regulation of Gene Expression
1992 - 1998 - Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
2001 - 2009 - Professor, Head of the Unit Genetics of Bacterial Genomes
2006 - 2009 - Director of the Genomes and Genetics Department

Short summary of the research activity of Antoine Danchin

Key scientific achievements

History and research programme (in French)

Publications listed at PubMed

Publications listed at Google Scholar


France (excerpts)

Member of the National Consultative Committee for Biosecurity (Prime Minister), 2015-2024
Member of the Committee for Scientific and Technical Literature, Centre National du Livre, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, 2010-2013
President of the Steering Committee Large-Scale Microbial Genomics, National Agency for Research (Génomique Microbienne à Grande Échelle, GMGE, Agence Nationale de la Recherche), 2007-2010
Member of the Steering Committee (ANR) BIOADAPT, 2011-2013
Member of the Ministry Committee for Life Sciences Coordination (CCSV: nominated by the Minister of Education, Research and Technology), 1998-2000
Member of the Ministry of Education Committee "Genomics", 1999-2002
Member of the Ministry of Industry Committee "Genome Actions", 1999-2001
Member of the Steering Committee of the Bureau des Ressources Génétiques (incorporated in DIVERSITAS), 1989-1993, 1998 - 2001

Académie des Sciences: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genomics, section delegate 2019-2022

Institut Pasteur: Director of the Department Genomes and Genetics, 2006-2009
Member of the Board of Directors, 2003-2005
President of the Scientific Council, 1995-1997
Member of the Institut Pasteur Scientific Council, 1995-2003, 2005-2006

International (excerpts)

Member of the International Advisory Comittee for the coordination of the International Nucleotide Sequences Database Collaboration [NCBI (USA), EBI (EU), DDBJ (Japan)], 1995-present
Member of the Scientific Mangement Board of the European Focus on Biotechnology in China (EFBIC), 2001- 2006

Member of the Senate of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, 2001-2004
Member of the Scientific Council of the EMBL, 1997-2002
Member of the Advisory Board for the EMBL outstation (EBI) at Hinxton (UK), 1994-2002
Member of the Senate of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, 2002-2004
Principal Investigator of the BIOSUPPORT bioinformatics programme set up by the government of Hong Kong, 2002-2005

Reviewer for the National Science Foundation USA, Science Foundation Ireland, Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research, Human Frontiers, Wellcome Trust, BBSRC, EU BAP, Bridge, Biotechnology programs etc.

ACCOLADES (excerpts)

Fellow of the French Academy of Sciences
Delegate of the section Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genomics (2019-2022)

EMBO Member (1981)

Member of the European Academy of Microbiology

Grand Prize of the Academy of Sciences (Prix du CEA, 2006)


2016-present - Editor, Genomics Updates, Microbial Biotechnology
2009-present - Editor, FEMS Microbiology Reviews
2009-2017 - Columnist at EMBO Reports
2009-present - Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology Reports - 2017-present - Editor
2009-2017 - The Journal of Bacteriology (ASM)


Member of the jury for the Prize d'Alembert (Mathematics) 1987
Member of the jury for the Prize "Science pour l'Art" LVMH 1993 - 1997
Member of the jury for the Latsis Foundation International Prize 2004
Member of the jury for the Dan David Prize 2011


Scientific Advisor, then Columnist: La Recherche 1977-2008

More than 600 publications (430 articles in science, and articles in philosophy, ethics and popularisation of sciences) and 4 books (The Delphic Boat, Harvard University Press, published in 2003)


WWW site of the Unit Genetics of Bacterial Genomes

WWW site of the HKU Pasteur Research Centre

UK The site in English

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