The "Unit of Structural and Functional Glycobiology" is a Joint Research Unit of the CNRS and the University of Lille (UMR8576). The study of the structure and function of complex carbohydrates associated with proteins or free polysaccharides as well as enzymes involved in their biosynthesis and degradation are the main interest of the research projects of the unit. The themes of the unit cover a broad spectrum of interests ranging from the glycobiology of microorganisms, plant glycobiology to issues related to human health (glycopathologies).
The UMR "Materials and Transformations Unit" is divided into six teams including Process Interfaces and Materials Hygiene (PIHM) which is interested in the understanding of bio-adhesive phenomena taking place in the agro-food sector during the processing of products from of agriculture.
The goals are first and foremost the implementation of preventive and curative strategies to ensure the sanitary quality of processed products and the hygiene of the surfaces used during the agro-food processing. These strategies also aim to limit the ecological footprint associated with the transformation-cleaning cycles.
The Charles Viollette Institute brings together three major scientific fields: plant biotechnology, white biotechnology and advanced analytical methods for quality control and safety assurance of food products of aquatic and field origin.
Three teams constitute the ICV: the ProBioGEM team (Biological Processes, Enzymatic and Microbial Engineering), the ASQV team (Stress Adaptation and Plant Quality) and the QSA team (Quality and Food Safety).
The ProBioGEM team is strongly involved in the REALCAT platform by offering fundamental research in white biotechnology focused on the development of new innovative bioprocesses in the field of microbiology and enzymatic catalysis.
All of these projects are on the one hand, in the perspective of production of new peptide-like biomolecules for the agri-food or health sector, and on the other hand in obtaining biosourced platform molecules for the synthesis of polymers.
The "Unit of Environmental Chemistry and Interactions on the Living" develops research activities in the field of Environmental Sciences, Sustainable Development and Energy. Their scientific project is based on an integrated approach to research on the different compartments of the environment, with a preponderant expertise in air and soil. The themes addressed concern the characterization of environments, the evaluation of the effects of pollutants on the living as well as the development of chemical or biological remediation methods. These contributions are part of the two research axes of the UCEIV which are: the impact of pollutants on the living and remediation and valorization.
TERRA is a unique research unit in Belgium whose mission is to develop research in biological engineering applied to agronomy, biotechnology and the environment. TERRA currently gathers around 75 teacher-researchers and more than a hundred PhDs and post-docs. Following a first call, the main themes that TERRA researchers propose to develop in the next 5 years are articulated around 28 interdisciplinary projects (including 20 interfaculty projects with the Faculties of Science, Applied Sciences, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and HEC) gathered in 9 main themes