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Direction, resources and products of the PHASE division

Updated on 02/08/2017
Published on 02/05/2013

The Animal Physiology and Livestock Systems Division is headed by Françoise Médale, includes around 1250 employees (including 500 scientists) and produces about 450 scientific papers and 300 conference presentations each year.

Direction & Contacts:

The Animal Physiology and Livestock Systems Division is headed by Françoise Médale. The head of the division monitors the scientific policy defined in the Division Development Strategy and implement the human, financial and organisational means necessary in the units building up the Division.

The steering group of the division also includes a deputy head, a partnership team, a mission devoted to Europe and international relationships, an administrative team and a mission devoted to communication.

• Contacts for scientific programs

Françoise Médale
Head of the PHASE division


• Partnership Contacts

Xavier Vignon for partners in the biotechnologies and veterinary medecine sectors, and for Agenae project

Jonathan Levin for European and international affairs

• Address

INRA PHASE Division - F-37380 Nouzilly - France
Tel: (33)2 47 42 75 58
e-mail: phase@inra.fr



The PHASE Division includes around 1250 employees, including 500 scientists.

The Division has an available budget of 15M€ (excluding salaries).

■ Research activities are carried out in  19 research units and 11 experimental units.

■ Each year, the division hosts approximately 250 doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows. They are financed through various contracts (Ministries, regional and industrial co-financings, CIFRE fellowships, European


■ The units work on the major species of agronomical interest (fishes, birds and breeding mammals), on species used as models (mice, rats, fish models,Caenorhabditis elegans, etc.) and on cell models. Studies on the management conditions and the development of integrated programmes are possible at the experimental units where the animals are reared.

■ Different tools developed for exploring living systems (imaging, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc.) and for analysing the in vitro and in vivo functioning of these systems are used in PHASE laboratories.



■About 450 scientific papers and 300 conference presentations are produced each year.

■ The PHASE division owns 35 active patents. Licenses for the use of these patents can be granted.

■ Engineers of the PHASE Division design and implement management tools and decision support software such as prediction of nutrient values and rationing of animals (INRAtion, PrevAlim, EvaPig, InraPorc, Patur'in). They contribute to the achievement of evaluation materials for the welfare of farm animals (Welfare Quality).

■ Animal, a major International Journal of Animal Bioscience, is the central element in a collaboration between PHASE division, the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) and the European Federation for Animal Science (EAAP).


Graduate studies & Post-doctoral stays

■ To become a graduate student in France, several conditions must be fulfilled: you must have a Masters degree in research or equivalent; a thesis subject; a host laboratory with a thesis director and funding. French doctoral studies generally last 3 years. Numerous financing schemes exist: local or foreign government, a private company or a public organisation. More information at: http://www.abg.asso.fr

■ Post-doctoral stays in France are possible, and various funding schemes are available. An interested scientist should first get in contact with the research team with whom he/she would like to work, or consult current announcements on the INRA international web site at the following address: http://www.international.inra.fr/join_usweb site at the following address: http://www.international.inra.fr/join_us.