The Turing Centre deciphers the complexity and the dynamics of living systems

CENTURI federates a growing community of biologists, physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers. Numerous teaching and research institutes are involved in our project. Interdisciplinarity is the core principle of the Turing Centre and is central to our activity in research, education and technology.

Institutes involved

Laboratoire de Chimie Bactérienne

Agenda & Twitter


CENTURI at Forum Emploi Maths

12 December 2017

Forum Emploi Maths takes place at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie the 13th December 2017. The opportunity for CENTURI to present the MSc “Computational & Mathematical Biology”.

Job Offer – Engineer

14 November 2017

CENTURI is recruiting an engineer to oversee our tech platform. 

CENTURI Guided tour

18 October 2017

CENTURI will welcome engineer students from the Ecole Centrale Marseille on the 5th December 2017.

CENTURI at Forum Emploi Maths

Forum Emploi Maths takes place at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie the 13th December 2017. The opportunity for CENTURI to present the MSc “Computational & Mathematical Biology”.

Job Offer – Engineer

CENTURI is recruiting an engineer to oversee our tech platform. 

CENTURI Guided tour

CENTURI will welcome engineer students from the Ecole Centrale Marseille on the 5th December 2017.

Research Project

CENTURI recruits researchers and post docs with backgrounds in computational biology, theoretical physics or biophysics, with a strong interest in working in a cross-disciplinary environment.

recherche lab


The research projects developed in CENTURI address the nature of the information underlying biological processes, and the organization and dynamics of biological structures.

Five over-arching questions bringing together biologists interested in development, neuroscience and immunology along with physicists, computational biologists and mathematicians will underlie the research effort:

How does genetic information impact on cell fates?
How do signalling dynamics impact on cell differentiation?
How is information encoded in collective cellular dynamics?
How do networks of cell interactions form and function collectively?
How does mechanics impact on cell and tissue organization and dynamics?



The next generation of life scientists will be at the interface between biology, physics, mathematics and computer science. To prepare students for this transition, CENTURI is setting up interdisciplinary Masters and Doctorate level training programmes.


In this context, CENTURI proposes to create a Graduate School and to set up training programmes at both Masters and PhD levels.


Students are recruited by members of CENTURI's partner institutes and will participate in interdisciplinary projects. The training community is formed by a large group of mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists and biologists working in synergy.






To promote interdisciplinary links between Physics, Engineering, Computational sciences and Biology at the Masters level, we are proud to introduce two new Master programmes : MSc in Physics of Complex Systems and MSc in Computational & Mathematical Biology.

We believe that a strong disciplinary background in formal sciences is nowadays crucial to undertake the challenge of modelling living systems. Thus, we aim at attracting new students in physics, maths and computer sciences. We will reinforce their knowledge and skills in their specific field while drawing them to biology through dedicated courses within their disciplinary training.

Masters programme will start in 2018



CENTURI has its own PhD programme. We grant several annual fellowships for talented and highly motivated students interested in interdisciplinary approaches to decipher biological processes.


Students with a background in biology, physics, engineering, applied mathematics or computer sciences, are highly encouraged to apply. The PhD programme includes specific interdisciplinary training and personal mentorship in a network spirit.

PhD programme will start in 2018







One major objective of CENTURI is to draw the interest of students and graduates from engineering background, including the French Grandes Ecoles, to the experimental and conceptual challenges of systems biology.

Training & Research

Students from engineering background including the French Grandes Ecoles can enter the CENTURI programme through 3 main entry points:

  • CENTURI Graduate School
  • Interim year internships

Most french Grandes Ecoles now offer a year off in their training that could be the opportunity for the students to have a first interdisciplinary research experience. In this framework, full-time internships will be allocated every year to these students.

  • Summer schools

We believe it is essential to offer engineering students the possibility of understanding the considerable challenges found in biology as well as to grasp the interdisciplinary nature of projects in different research institutes. In order to achieve this, we have designed a one-week summer course in which students will both follow lectures from world-class leading experts in developmental biology, immunology and brain sciences, and perform a small experimental project.


Advances in biology strongly rely on technological developments and it is therefore essential to remain at the forefront of technological innovation.
The CENTURI partners benefit from state-of-the-art core facilities in imaging and information technology.


Tech Transfer Platform
The CENTURI Tech Transfer Platform aims at building operational machines based on validated Lab experimental rigs. It takes advantage of the expertise in engineering (optical design and instrumentation, mechanics, IT) of the CENTURI partners and the large-scale convergence project.
In this context, we are recruiting engineers in mechanics, electronics, optics and computer sciences to develop specific instruments/machines. The Tech Transfer Platform is as well a privileged place to train engineers in close collaboration with the biological labs.




The Turing Centre is under the scientific direction of Pr. Thomas Lecuit, Research Director (IBDM). Five committees provide the executive director with expertise and advice on the distribution of the collaborative means and management of the whole project.


The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

Internationally highly renowned scientists, covering the different disciplines of CENTURI, and with a strong experience of interdisciplinary research and teaching/training form the SAB.

The CENTURI's SAB examines the scientific output of the projects every two years and provides advice to the executive director and to the steering committee.

Pr. Alexander

Chair of Mathematics in Life Sciences,
Freie Universität, Berlin


Pr. Gaudenz

Chairman Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics, E. Haggerty Distinguished Chair in Basic Biomedical Science CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research UT Southwestern, Dallas


Pr. Kenneth

Professor of Quantitative Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology
Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London

Dr. Alfonso

Director of the Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute and the Life Sciences department at Barcelona Supercomputing Center


Dr. Aleksandra

Laboratoire de Physique Théorique,
Ecole Normale Supérieure,Paris

Contact us

IBDM – UMR 7288 Case 907

Campus de Luminy, 163 Av. de Luminy,
13288 Marseille Cedex 09, France

Tel: +33(0)4 91 26 92 33


The name "CENTURI" has been chosen to the honor of Alan Turing, famous mathematician and computer scientist, but also pioneer in theoretical biology.

In 1952, he published a seminal paper entitled "The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis”, a landmark in theoretical biology. It triggered a whole new field of mathematical enquiry into pattern formation, deciphering reaction-diffusion mechanisms and their consequences in dynamic living systems.


CENTURI is laureate of the National call ”Instituts Convergences” of the French State in the context of the ”Investments for the Future” programme (2nd PIA). The project will recruit more than 100 people (researchers, engineers, PhD students, Post-docs) over 10 years with a budget of € 20 million co-funded by the French National Research Agency and the A*MIDEX Foundation.

investissement d’avenir