Who are we?

PhilInBioMed is both an interdisciplinary institute located at the University of Bordeaux (France), and a national and international network connecting groups and institutes that work at the interface between philosophy, biology, and medicine in order to transform scientific practices and discovery. PhilInBioMed has three main missions:

1. Promoting short-term and long-term stays of philosophers in biology and medicine labs, as well as short-term and long-term stays of biologists and MDs in philosophy lab, at a local but also an international scale.

2. Promoting collaborative publications by philosophers, biologists, and medical doctors – targeting both philosophy, science, and medicine journals.

3. Promoting the participation to common seminars and reading groups.

Coordinator: Thomas Pradeu

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Thomas Pradeu is a CNRS Senior Investigator at ImmunoConcept, Head of Conceptual Immunology Group, & PI of the ERC-funded IDEM project, Bordeaux, France.


Members of PhilInBioMed share the aim to promote productive interactions between philosophy, biology, and medicine. Internationally, several teams and institutes are part of PhilInBioMed.

Serge Ahmed

Serge Ahmed is Research Director in Neurosciences, Psychology, and Pharmacology at CNRS and leader of the team Pathological decision-making in Addiction at the University of Bordeaux, France.

Samuel Alizon

Samuel Alizon is a CNRS Research Director at MIVEGEC in Montpellier. He is an evolutionary ecologist specialised in the modelling of infectious disease dynamics.

C. Belzung

Catherine Belzung is Professor in Neuroscience at University of Tours and at Institut Universitaire de France, and Director of Imaging and Brain (iBrain, Inserm Unit 1253)

Leonardo Bich


Leonardo Bich is a Professor in Philosophy of Biology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (Spain). Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow working with T. Pradeu at ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

Andreas Bikfalvi

Andreas Bikfalvi is Professor of Biology and Director of the Angiogenesis and Cancer Microenvironment Laboratory (INSERM U1029, Univ. Bordeaux, France)

Alexander Bird

Alexander Bird is Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine at King’s College (London, UK). His research deals with philosophy of science, metaphysics and epistemology, with a particular interest in the philosophy of medicine.

Patrick Blanco

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Patrick Blanco is Professor of Immunology, Univ. Bordeaux, Pellegrin Hospital & ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

Thomas Boraud

Thomas Boraud is Research Director in Neurosciences at CNRS,and Leader of the team Physiology and pathophysiology of executive functions, Bordeaux, France.

Charlotte Brives

Charlotte Brives is a CNRS researcher at the Centre Emile Durkheim (Science-Po Bordeaux). She is an anthropologist specialized in microbes.

Cédric Brun

Brun Cédric

Cédric Brun is Associate Professor of Philosophy & Head of Philosophy Department, Univ. Bordeaux-Montaigne, France.

Hasok Chang

Hasok Chang is Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Lynn Chiu

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Lynn Chiu is an Associated Researcher of ImmunoConcept, University of Bordeaux/CNRS, France.

C. Contin-B.

Cécile Contin-Bordes is Associate Professor of Immunology at the University of Bordeaux and Pellegrin Hospital, and a member of the ImmunoConcept lab, Bordeaux, France.

V. Courtier-O.

Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo is Research Director at CNRS, Leader of the team Evolution & Genetics at the Institut Jacques Monod, Paris, France.

Marc Daëron

Marc Daëron is an INSERM Senior Investigator at Institut Pasteur, CIML and IHPST. He is a specialist of immunology and allergies.

B. Daignan-F.


Bertrand Daignan-Fornier is Research Director at CNRS, Head of IBGC, Head of team Genetics of Metabolic Pathways, Bordeaux, France.

J. Déchanet-M.

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Julie Déchanet-Merville is Research Director in Immunology at CNRS, Head of ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

P. Dos Santos

Pierre Dos Santos is a Professor of Animal Physiology at the University of Bordeaux, and a specialist of cardiology.

Stephen Downes

Stephen M. Downes is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah. His research interests are in Philosophy of Biology with a particular focus on Evolutionary Approaches to understanding human behavior and Human Evolution more generally.

Dorothée Duluc

Dorothée Duluc is Associate Professor of Immunology at Bordeaux University, and a member of the Cancer Immunology & Immunotherapy group at ImmunoConcept.

John Dupré

John Dupré is Professor of Philosophy of science at the University of Exeter (UK), with a main focus on philosophy of biology. He is the Director of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences.

Gérard Eberl

Gérard Eberl is a Professor of Immunology at the Institut Pasteur, leader of the Microenvironment and Immunity team, and head of Department of Immunology, Paris, France.

Melinda Fagan

Melinda Fagan is Sterling McMurrin Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Utah (USA). Her research is in philosophy of science, focusing on experimental practice in biology (particularly stem cell and developmental biology), explanation, and conceptions of objectivity and evidence.

Jonathan Fuller

Jonathan Fuller is Chair of the Toronto Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare Network and a medical student at the University of Toronto.

Jean Gayon

Jean Gayon (1949-2018) was Professor Emeritus in Philosophy of Science at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and Director of IHPST. See ISHPSSB obituary, by Richard Burian.

Sophie Gerber

Sophie Gerber is a plant geneticist. She is a researcher at INRA, BIOGECO lab, Bordeaux, France. She also works in philosophy of biology.

Sara Green

Sara Green is Assistant Professor in the Department of Science Education at the University of Copenhagen. Her research focuses on strategies for dealing with biological and medical complexity.

G. Greslehner

Gregor Greslehner is a postdoctoral fellow in Thomas Pradeu’s IDEM project at ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths is Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, and Associate Academic Director (Arts and Social Sciences) at the Charles Perkins Centre. He is a specialist of Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Psychology.

Fridolin Gross

Fridolin Gross is a postdoctoral researcher who works on computational models of the cell cycle at IFOM, Milan, and teaches philosophy at the University of Kassel.

Matt Haber

Matt Haber is Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Utah (USA). His area of specialty is Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Science, particularly the philosophical and conceptual issues in systematics.

V. Hardcastle

Valerie Gray Hardcastle is the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Executive Director of the Institute for Health Innovation and the Vice President for Health Innovations at Northern Kentucky University and an adjunct research professor at the University of Cincinnati (U.S.).

K. Hooks

Katarzyna Hooks is a Post-doctoral fellow working in bioinformatics in Bordeaux, France.

Laurence Huc

Laurence Huc is an INRA researcher in toxicology. She works on the impact of food contaminants on health and chronic diseases, as the head of the team COMICS in ToxAlim, Toulouse.

P. Huneman

Philippe Huneman is Research Director in Philosophy of Science at CNRS, working at IHPST (CNRS, ENS & Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University).

H. Kaminski

Hannah Kaminski is MD of Nephrology and Infectious diseases. She writes a PhD dissertation in Immunology in the ImmunoConcept lab under the supervision of Julie Déchanet-Merville.

Lara Keuck


Lara Keuck is a Branco Weiss Fellow and leads a junior research group at the Department of History at Humboldt University Berlin (Germany). Her research deals with philosophy of medicine and history of science, with a particular interest in biomedical epistemology.

Jan-P. Konsman

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Jan Pieter Konsman is a researcher in neuroscience (neuroimmunology) at CNRS, INCIA lab, Bordeaux, France. He also works in philosophy of science.

Lucie Laplane

Lucie Laplane is a CNRS junior researcher in Philosophy of Biology and Medicine, at IHPST Paris and Gustave Roussy (1st European Cancer Centre), Paris, France.

Paôline Laurent

Paôline Laurent is a PhD student in Immunology, under the supervision of Thomas Pradeu and Marie-Elise Truchetet, at ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

Sophie Layé

Sophie Layé is Research Director at INRA, Head of Unit Nutrition and Integrative Neurobiology, Bordeaux, France.

Maël Lemoine

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Maël Lemoine is Full Professor in Philosophy of Medical Sciences, Univ. of Bordeaux, France, and a member of the ImmunoConcept lab.

Sabina Leonelli

Sabina Leonelli is Professor of Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Exeter (UK). She serve as the Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis), where she leads the Data Studies research strand.

Tim Lewens

Tim Lewens is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He works on the philosophy of biology, biomedical ethics, and general philosophy of science. He is the author of several books, the most recent being Why We Disagree about Human Nature (OUP 2018) (edited with Beth Hannon) .

Pekka Louhiala

Pekka Louhiala is a Lecturer in Medical Ethics at the Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki and Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampere. He is President of the Finnish Society for Philosophy of Medicine.

Kate MacCord

Kate MacCord is Program Administrator and McDonnell Foundation Fellow at the MBL. She works with Jane Maeischein at the interface between biology, history of science, and philosophy of science.

Maria Mamani

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Maria Mamani Matsuda is Associate Professor in Immunology, ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

Thierry Michon

Thierry Michon is a researcher at INRA (UMR1332, Biologie du Fruit et Pathologie), Bordeaux, France.

J-F. Moreau


Jean-François Moreau is Professor of Immunology, Univ. Bordeaux, Pellegrin Hospital & ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

Alvaro Moreno

Alvaro Moreno Bergareche is Full Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (Spain). Founder of the Philosophy of Biology Group at the UPV/EHU, he is a specialist of Philosophy of Biology, Artificial Life, Complex Systems and Cognitive Science.

Gerd Müller

Gerd B. Müller is Professor and Head of the Department of Theoretical Biology at the University of Vienna (Austria). He is the President of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI).

Samir Okasha

Samir Okasha is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Bristol (UK). He is a specialist of foundational and conceptual questions surrounding evolutionary theory.

M. Paoletti

Mathieu Paoletti is a CNRS researcher at IGBC, member of the team Non-Self Recognition in Fungi, Bordeaux, France.

Leïla Périé

Leïla Périé is a CNRS researcher in immunology and team leader in the Biophysics lab at the Institut Curie (Paris, France).

Elena Rondeau

Elena Rondeau is a PhD student in Oncoimmunology under the supervision of Thomas Pradeu and Nicolas Larmonier at ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

Ph. Sansonetti

Philippe J. Sansonetti is a microbiologist, Professor at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where he is the head of the Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis lab, and at the Collège de France, where he holds the Chair in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

J. Santolini

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Jérôme Santoloni is a researcher at CEA, Institut de Biologie Intégrative de la Cellule, Saclay, France.

Sven Saupe

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Sven Saupe is Research Director at CNRS, PI of Non-Self Recognition in Fungi team, IBGC, Bordeaux, France.

Ken Schaffner

Kenneth F. Schaffner is Distinguished University Professor at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is a specialist of philosophy of biology and philosophy of medicine.

Jonathan Sholl

Jonathan Sholl is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research deals with the philosophy of medicine.

Derek Skillings


Derek Skillings is a Post-doctoral fellow in Philosophy of Biology at ImmunoConcept, CNRS & Univ. Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France.

Elliott Sober

Elliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA. He is one of the founders of the field of philosophy of biology, and a specialist of evolution.

Adrian Stencel

Adrian Stencel is a research assistant and PhD student at Jagiellonian University, Poland and currently visiting student at University in Bordeaux, France.

Jim Tabery

Jim Tabery is an Associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, with additional appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Utah.

M-E. Truchetet


Marie-Elise Truchetet is Associate Professor in Rheumatology, Univ. Bordeaux, Pellegrin Hospital & ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.

C. Tzourio

Christophe Tzourio is Professor of Epidemiology, and Director of the Bordeaux Population Health Centre (Unit U1219 Inserm-University of Bordeaux)

Michel Vervoort

Michel Vervoort is a Professor in Biology (Evolution, Genetics, Eco-Devo) at Paris-Diderot University and Institut Jacques Monod, and co-leader of the team “Evolution and Development of Metazoans“, Paris, France.

Eric Vivier

Eric Vivier is Professor of Immunology, and Director of the Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (CIML), Marseille, France.

J. Weitzman

Jonathan Weitzman is a professor of Genetics at the Université Paris-Diderot, founding director of the Center for Epigenetics and Cell, leader of the team Plasticity of Cellular Phenotypes in Paris, France.