Lucie Bittner, PhD

Associate Professor

Bioinformatics, Environmental and Evolutionary Genomics

Lucie Bittner, PhD

Associate Professor at Sorbonne Université

Co-head of the team Atelier de BioInformatique

Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité

Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris


Deciphering the diversity and evolution of non-model organisms has always attracted me. During my PhD, I studied molecular phylogeny and environmental diversity of macro-algae. During my post-docs, I moved to microbial ecology and studied taxonomical and functional environmental diversity using (meta)omics. I daily use bioinformatics, statistics, numerical ecology, and collaborate with modelers to integrate omics and oceanographic knowledge at the global ecosystem level.

Research: environmental molecular diversity (taxonomy/function) of non-model organisms (mainly unicellular eukaryotes), molecular evolution, dark omics, linking omics to traits/models

Teaching: bioinformatics, evolutionary and environmental genomics, phylogeny, microbiology

Skills: bioinformatics, biostatistics, network inferences, field sampling, molecular biology


  • HDR « Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches » Dec 2018, On the use of networks 
to link molecules to ecosystems: Investigating the uncultured lineages and/or the unknown functions from protists for a better understanding of ecosystems, Sorbonne Université, Paris
  • PhD in Systematics & Evolution, Dec 2009, Molecular Phylogeny et Diversity of Corallinales (Rhodophyta), Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris
  • Master in Systematics & Evolution, June 2006, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
  • Bachelor in Biology, June 2004, Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy


Sept 2013                        Associate Professor at Sorbonne Université (SU) (tenure in Sept 2014)

3 maternity leaves: Jan-April 2015, Oct 2017-Feb 2018, Oct 2019-April 2020

Since January 2019         Team Atelier de Bioinformatique, UMR7205, SU, Paris, France

Sept 2013 – Dec 2018     Team High-Throughput analyses in genomics, UMR7138, Paris, SU


Post-docs in Environmental Genomics:

March 2013 – Aug 2013: CNRS fellowship, Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS), UMR8197, Paris, France / C. Bowler lab – Focus on Diatoms

March 2012 – Feb 2013: Post-doctoral fellowship from Kaiserslautern University, Germany, Stoeck lab – Focus on Ciliates

Jan 2010 – Feb 2012: CNRS fellowship, Station biologique de Roscoff, UMR7144, UPMC/CNRS, Roscoff, France – C. de Vargas lab – Focus on Haptophytes

Scientific responsibilities:

> Co-head of the team Atelier de BioInformatique

> Co-responsibality of the scientific animation of ISYEB research department (youtube channel)

> Co-responsibality of the Biodiversity and Evolution section, Société Française de Microbiologie (SFM)

> Member of the scientific council of the national working group Génomique Environnementale (GDR GE)

> Dark Omics animation (thematic session, congress JOBIM2019, webinar GDR GE 02/2021 and to come in 11/2022)

> Responsible of WP research project ANR RESTORE (2020-2024) and WG Omics research project ANR APERO (2022-2026)


Come on board !

Interested in an internship, a PhD or to collaborate?


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