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Paris Descartes University is a public institute with a scientific, cultural, and professional purpose. This is a specific legal category in the French education system known as EPSCP.

The university includes various governing bodies, departments, and administrative units and is overseen by a board-elected president who serves for a four-year term. The president’s office is located at 12 Rue de l’Ecole de Médecine in Paris’ sixth district.

University President

Frédéric Dardel, 58, was elected president of Paris Descartes University in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Dardel holds a PhD in molecular biology and studied natural sciences at Ecole Polytechnique. He became a professor at Paris Descartes University in 2005 following a career as a CNRS researcher (1985-2004) and an adjunct professor at Ecole Polytechnique (1993-2004). His research has focused on molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular virology, nuclear magnetic resonance, microbiology, and bioinformatics. The French Academy of Sciences awarded him the Pierre Desnuelles Prize in 2011.


Vice Presidents of the Central Review Boards and the Student Vice-President:

  • Marie-Hélène Jeanneret-Crettez, Vice-President of the Training Commission and Student Life
  • Maria Pereira Da Costa, Vice-President of the Board of Directors
  • Stefano Marullo, Vice-President of Research
  • Alexandre Rodrigues, Student Vice-President


Deputy Vice-Presidents:

  • Pierre Olivier Couraud, Deputy Vice-President in charge of development and industrial partnerships
  • Geoffrey Sockett, Deputy Vice-President in charge of international relations and partnerships