Internship to produce terpenes in microbial chassis with automation

The project IRIS FRAGRANCE incubated in the SHAKER irisprogram at the Genopole and support by the SATT Lutech aims to build a microbial chassis for industrial production of prized flavors and fragrances from the family of ionone molecules. Some of these molecules are sold as mixtures of racemic isomers. It is known that two enantiomers can have completely different scents, therefore a mixture is of compromised quality. Synthetic biology allows to produce enantiopure molecules.

The main mission of the intern is to create automation protocols for an Opentron OT-2 in order to enable directed evolution with a screen based on multispectral image analysis directly on petri plate.

Must-to-have skills: strong molecular biology

Skills-to-learn: analytical chemistry, python

When: January to Jun 2019

Where: MNHN, 75005 PARIS

Contact: Victor SAYOUS,  06 88 67 54 54


INC-CNRS launches discussions on key topics in chemistry

Natural products will be part of discussions in the group of chemical biology (Lille, Nov 2018) and that of complex molecule synthesis (Nantes, Jan 2019). Natural products are key in fundamental discoveries, method developments and applications in the chemical fields.


Open registrations to Applied Natural Products, 11th-13th June 2018 (Palaiseau, France), co-organized by i-NPChem

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This international symposium is jointly organized by Ecole Polytechnique, ICSN, the University Paris Saclay and GDRI i-NPChem. It will be held at Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau.

On this occasion, we intend to gather academic and industrial actors involved in the field of natural product chemistry: biosynthesis, total synthesis, metabolomics, isolation and analysis, medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. Link to the list of speakers.

Posters and oral communication will welcome.

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: 15th May 2018
Registration deadline: 15th May 2018
Symposium kick off: 11th June 2018 at 1:30 pm
Symposium end: 13th June 2018 at 4 pm