How do bacteria fight their viruses?

My name is Aude Bernheim. I’m a scientist, currently working as a researcher at INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research). My research revolves around bacteria and their viruses, phages. I’m also an activist campaining for more diversity and inclusion in sciences. You will find information regarding my work (both scientific and non scientific) on this website.

Twitter @AudeBer
Full list of publications here

Picture by Gal Ofir and Nili Dezorella

What I’m working on


In this section, you’ll find details about my scientific work. My research mostly focuses on bacterial immune systems:  understanding their evolution and molecular mechanisms, trying to discover new ones, and thinking about how they can be used by us humans. The picture above is a tree of viperins from a recent publication (Nature 2020). Learn more

Gender equality, outreach

I love associative work and strongly believe in its impact on society. Here you’ll find information regarding my work on gender equality, accessible science, and a lot about my collaboration with Flora Vincent! Learn more

About me (CV)

This sections relates to my education and professional experiences. I’m French and was mostly trained in France, in microbiology and genetics (also a bit in public policies). I did my PhD at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and my post-doc in the Weizmann Institute in Israel. I am now based at INSERM in Paris. Learn more