The IGDR “Institute of Genetics and Development of Rennes” is a CNRS research laboratory (UMR) associated with the University of Rennes 1.

The laboratory is the result of several evolutions:

It all started with the UPR 41 CNRS “Genetic Recombinations” created in 1988 at the Saint-Louis hospital in Paris by Francis Galibert. This laboratory then moved in Rennes at the school of Medicine in October 1993.

In January 1996, the department of Developmental Biology created in the URA 256 CNRS – UR1 by Michel Philippe at the Science campus in Rennes joined and reinforced the UPR 41 CNRS.

In 2000, the UPR 41 became the UMR 6061 "Genetics and Development" and was directed by Beverley H. Osborne until January 2004.

Since January 2004 Claude Prigent has been the director of the institute that he renamed IGDR “Institute of Genetics and Development of Rennes” in January 2008.

In January 2012 the two UMR of Biology in Rennes: the UMR 6026 & UMR 6061 joined to create the UMR 6290. In practice this new institute corresponds to the association of 16 research teams from the ex-UMR 6061 with 4 teams from the ex-UMR 6026. The institute keeps its name IGDR “Institute of Genetics & Development of Rennes”.

Since January 1st 2012 the IGDR is directed by Claude Prigent, assisted by a deputy director Christian Jaulin.



The IGDR is administratively affiliated to the INSB (Institut National des Sciences Biologiques) of the CNRS directed by Catherine Jessus. Laurent Kodjabachian is the Scientific Deputy Director of the INSB in charge of the IGDR. The IGDR is also affiliated to the University of Rennes 1, which President is Guy Cathelineau (UFR Medicine dean Philippe Delaval and UFR Science de la Vie et de l’Environnement director Hubert Lerivray). The IGDR is affiliated to the Doctoral School VAS (Vie-Agro-Santé) directed by Yvan Lagadeuc.

The IGDR participates to « Structure Fédérative de Recherche” UMS 3480 biosit (Biology Health Innovation & Technology) directed by Thierry Guillaudeux.



The IGDR accommodates 20 research teams, 7 came to Rennes with an ATIP CNRS, an AVENIR INSERM or a chaire CNRS/UR1. The teams work on developmental biology, cell biology, genetics, structural biology and biophysics. Our interest goes to cell polarity, cell cycle, signalisation, membrane trafficking, RNA stability, splicing, epigenetics, genetics and transcription. We also study human pathologies like cancers, and genetics and orphan diseases. The IGDR has set up many facilities and common services required on a daily basis for the operation of the institute. The IGDR is also at the origin of three IBiSA platforms, the platform “Microscopy : Rennes Imaging Center”, the Microarray platform and the PRISM Platform, all directed by members of the institute.

The IGDR hosts 193 people including 119 people with permanent positions (69 researchers CNRS, INSERM, Université Rennes 1 & 50 technicians), & 75 people with non permanent positions (CDD, post-doc, PhD students, internships, etc...).



The research teams of the IGDR are located in 5 buildings on 2 main sites:
Health campus of Villejean:
     - Building 4 school of Medicine: ground floor, second and third floors
     - Building 5 school of Medicine: ground floor
     - Building 8 school of Medicine: first floors
     - Building BMT-HC Pontchaillou Hospital
Scientific and technological campus of Beaulieu:
     - Building 13
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