Antoine DANCHIN   安東 • 唐善 [老 唐] orcid china Hong_Kong france   En français

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Ecole Normale Supérieure, (ENS, Rue d'Ulm, Paris 5e) 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 (Marianne Grunberg-Manago, Mildred Cohn)

Science Doctorate (D Sci) in Physics, University Paris 11, 1971


2009-present - Founder of AMAbiotics SAS, a start-up biotechnology company in microbiota based therapeutics
2005-2010 - Member of the Scientific Council of Genostar - IOGMA
1981-2007 Scientific advisor for Institut Pasteur Production (IPP), then Sanofi, then Elf Bio Recherche, then Sanofi-Synthélabo and finally Sanofi-Aventis (heterologous expression of Human Growth Hormone and metabolic controls of gene expression)
1990-2003 Consulting for Pharma-Waldorf (Boehringer)
1991-1992 1995-1997, 1999, 2001 Expert for ANVAR
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)
1983-1984 Member of the Committee "Essor des Biotechnologies" of the Ministère de l'Industrie et de la Recherche
1980-1985 Consulting for Genetica (until acquisition by Rhône-Poulenc)


The University of Hong Kong

2017 - 2020 - Honorary Professor, the School of Biomedical Sciences, The Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Hong Kong University
2002 - 2016 - Honorary Professor, The Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Hong Kong University
2000 - 2003 - Founder and Director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Centre, Hong Kong

Beijing Genome Institute

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

AMAbiotics SAS

2013-present - Member of the Scientific Board
2010-2016 - President
2010-2013 - Chief Executive Officer

Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière

2016-present - Professor extraordinary

Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives

2009-2015 - Scientific advisor

Ecole Polytechnique

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

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

1968-1971         Attaché de Recherche          Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique (IBPC) / Ecole Polytechnique
1971-1975         Chargé de Recherche           IBPC / Institut Pasteur de Paris
1976-1983         Maître de Recherche             IBPC
1983-2009         Directeur de Recherche        Institut Pasteur de Paris

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

Main scientific achievements

History and research programme (in French)

Publications listed at PubMed

Publications listed at Google Scholar


France (excerpts)

Member of the Steering Committee (ANR) Defi 5 2015-2017
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 Echelle, GMGE, Agence Nationale de la Recherche), 2007-2010
Member of the Steering Committee (ANR) BIOADAPT 2011-2013
Member of the Strategic Council of the University of Cergy-Pontoise, 2005-2010
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

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
CNRS: Advisory board, nominated 1983-1991
Admission board, nominated in 1987, 1988, 1990
Director of the CNRS Groupement de Recherche (GDR) 1029: Genomes et Informatique 1992-1995
Groupement de Recherche et d'Etudes des Genomes (GREG): Informatics comittee, President 1992-1994

International (excerpts)

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA, EMBL-EBI) 2011-present
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 Scientific Advisory Board of EFBIC Red 2007-2010
Member of the Senate of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, 2001-2004
Member of the Scientific Council (SAC) of the EMBL 1997-2002
Member of the Advisory Board for the EMBL outstation (EBI) at Hinxton (UK) 1994-2002
Member of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) 2002-present
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

EMBO Member (1981)

Member of the European Academy of Microbiology

Knight of the Legion of Honour
Knight of the Order of Merit
Knight of the Order of Academic Palms

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-present - Columnist at EMBO Reports
2009-present - Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology Reports - 2017-present -Editor
2009-2017 - The Journal of Bacteriology (ASM)
2010-2014 - Section Editor BMC Microbiology ; editorial board 2000-2010
2004-2013 - Archaea
2002-present - BMC Biology
1983-present - Prometeo (Milano, Italy)


Member of the European Federation of Biotechnology
Member of the American Society for Microbiology

Member of the Lascaux International Scientific Think Tank

President of the jury for the Prix de Biologie Moléculaire of the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale 1985-1989

Member of the jury for the Prize Jacques Monod (since its creation)
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 Editorialist: La Recherche 1977-2008

More than 500 publications (360 articles in science and articles in philosophy, ethics and popularisation of sciences) and 4 books (The Delphic Boat, Harvard University Press, published in 2003)


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