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What is BioSyL?


BioSyL is a Federative Research Structure attached to University of Lyon, that was created in 2011. It gathers about 60 local research teams working on systems biology in its most varied aspects. Its objectives are to federate these teams, to make them visible and to promote research done within the University of Lyon in systems biology, as well as local skills in this field.

Olivier Gandrillon (ENS/CNRS/INRIA, Director), Benjamin Audit (ENS/CNRS, Deputy Director), Gaël Yvert (ENS/CNRS), Hubert Charles (INSA).

All research teams from the relevant disciplines (mathematics, physics, computer science, biology, chemistry, human and social sciences, medicine) using a "Systems Biology" approach, under the auspices of University of Lyon.


  • To provide a forum where Biology and Health projects in Lyon can participate fully in the challenges of the 21st century.
  • To offer access to this essential approach to all the Biology specialists in Lyon (health professionals, industrial and academic scientists).
  • To highlight, on a national and an international level, the Systems Biology activities taking place at University of Lyon.
  • To position the University of Lyon among the ten major Systems Biology groups within the next decade.



  • To improve access to Systems Biology for all the biologists working in University of Lyon via a portal dedicated to education and research. This website provides such an access, through its Research section and its Education section.
  • To represent the scientific community of Lyon at any discussions involving local, national and international decision-makers.
  • To encourage effective networking for research in Systems Biology (mailing lists, websites, collaborations, seminar management etc.). Notably, BioSyL houses a seminar cycle dedicated to the modelling of living systems, SeMoVi.
  • To organize annual events promoting Systems Biology, linking the Lyon network with international specialists. The SBIP2013 conference was the first of the series.
  • To contribute to public education in Systems Biology in Lyon.
  • To organise access to computing resources, notably to future storage and data-processing platforms (in cooperation with the FMSN and the PRABI).
  • To create a platform for dynamic modelling.
  • To identify future needs in the domain of Systems Biology and to contribute to the solutions.
  • To identify concerns from those industries requiring a Systems Biology approach and to propose solutions and local contacts to our partners.