Center for Pathophysiology of Toulouse Purpan

Immunology – Inflammation – infectious diseases


Established in 2002, the Center for Physiopathology Toulouse-Purpan (CPTP) is a leading research institute providing a productive scientific environment that is structured along three main themes: Immunology, inflammation and infectious diseases.
The CPTP is affiliated with INSERM, CNRS and the University of Toulouse III. It is composed of 11 research teams with international reputation, 4 cutting-edge core facilities and  an efficient support team (197 total members).
Our research spans from basic research such as the development of the immune system and its functions to translational research. We  investigate host-pathogen interactions and the onset of immune responses occurring in the context of viral infections (HIV, Zika virus, Hepatitis E, Influenza virus, cytomegalovirus, Borna virus) or parasitic infections (toxoplasma, malaria). We decipher the physiopathological mechanisms involved in autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes) or allergies (asthma, atopic dermatitis). We also study anti-tumor responses and immune senescence. We conduct clinical studies on asthma, multiple sclerosis, HIV or neurodegenerative diseases. We are also engaged in optimizing  vaccine strategies and developing novel immunotherapies.
The CPTP is collectively committed to acquire knowledge in these three primary research themes in order to promote their recognition and dissemination. The training of young researchers, tomorrow’s future leaders, is one of the main missions of the center. Our location within the university hospital of Toulouse Purpan allied to our strong commitment to translational research represent key assets to design and perform research likely to impact on people’s live.
  • Director: Roland Liblau
  • Deputy directors: Jacques Izopet & Nicolas Fazilleau

Our Scientific Advisory Board : Président Dr. James di Santo – Institut Pasteur, Dr. Ellen Robey – University of California (Berkeley) USA, Dr. John Sinclair – University of Cambridge (UK), Dr. Thomas Korn – University of Munich (Allemagne), Dr. Valérie Cormier Daire – Institut Imagine (Paris, France), Pr. Erwin Tschachler – Vienna General Hospital (Austria), Dr. Marc Bonneville – University of Nantes (France) and Institut Mérieux, Dr. Walter Reith – University of Geneve (Swiss).

Research teams

Technological platforms

Support services


Purpose & mission

Based on a dynamic, creative and collaborative environment composed of 200 people on the teaching-University Hospital campus of Purpan, the CPTP’s mission is to perform ambitious and original research in Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

The main goals of the CPTP are:

  • To uncover the organization and functions of the immune system and host/pathogen interactions
  • To decipher the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for immune and/or infectious diseases
  • To identify novel targets and develop new therapeutic approaches for these diseases
  • To give young and talented researchers the opportunity to flourish and develop their research
  • To provide high level training to tomorrow’s leaders

Common services and support staff at CPTP

The support staff at CPTP, composed of 16 people, aims at providing administrative, technical and logistic help as well as all required tools to allow the 11 research teams to perform cutting-edge research in the best working conditions.
Headed by the administrative manager, the support staff is subdivided into 10 sections:

Head of CPTP management

The administrative manager, is in charge of the coordination and organization of all support services onsite. With the center director and the CPTP executive committee, he is in charge of applying the defined rules.
Member of the various organizational committees of the center, he oversees:
  • The finances of the common budget allocated to CPTP and the Purpan site
  • Management of the human resources of the common services
  • Administrative links with the main affiliations of CPTP (INSERM, CNRS, Toulouse III University)
Séverine Ciancia can be contacted:
  • By phone: 7 79 37 (+335 62 74 79 37)
  • By mail:
  • Office 025, ground floor, building (Bat) A.

CPTP management team

The CPTP management team, composed of 3 persons, is responsible for the following:
  • Monitoring of the financial aspect of the grants and orders for the different teams
  • Help with administrative tasks for grant proposals
  • Human resource aspects of the research teams (position openings, internships…)


Hassan Arhab, manages the following teams:
  • Team – Sylvie Guerder / Nicolas Fazilleau
  • Team – Daniel Dunia / Charlotte Casper
  • Team – Jean-Pierre Salles
  • Team – Renaud Lesourne
Point of reference for purchases of large equipment, coordination of specific deals with companies, etc…
Hassan Arhab can be contacted:
  • By phone: 7 86 67 (+335 62 74 86 67)
  • By mail:
  • Office 026, ground floor, building (Bat) A.

NN manages the following teams:
  • Common budget for the Purpan site and for the CPTP
  • Administrative support for the Immunomonitoring platform
  • Administrative duties for new staff and new students joining the center
  • Team – Manuel Diaz-Munoz
To keep up-to-date the various software to monitor human resources for the CPTP staff
NN can be contacted
  • By phone: 7 45 38 (05 62 74 45 38)
  • By mail:
  • Office 024, ground floor, building (Bat) A

Dominique Rozet manages the following teams:
  • Team – Joost van Meerwijk
  • Team – Jean-Charles Guéry
  • Team – Roland Liblau / Abdelhadi Saoudi
  • Team – Nicolas Blanchard
  • Team – Jacques Izopet
Administrative support for the Flow Cytometry and Imaging/Microscopy core facilities
Dominique Rozet can be contacted:
  • By phone: 7 45 70 (05 62 74 45 70)
  • By mail:
  • Office 029, ground floor, building (Bat) A



Executive assistant and communication

The executive assistant / communication. Bénédicte Benech is in charge of both internal and external communication of the CPTP, and assists the director of the CPTP. She also has joint responsibility for the CPTP website administration.
Bénédicte Benech can be contacted
  • By phone: 7 45 71 (05 62 74 45 71)
  • By mail:
  • Office 006, ground floor, building (Bat) B

Information services /computing

The Information services /computing section. Pierre Delsol oversees:

  • CPTP internet network (parameters, security…)
  • The computers on the CPTP site
  • Advice on purchases on new IT piece of equipment
  • Safeguard of data and backup system
  • Help to CPTP members regarding IT questions
  • CPTP Phone system
  • Administration of the CPTP website
Pierre Delsol can be contacted:

Store, shipping and receiving service

The Store, composed of two persons, oversees:
  • Receipt of deliveries for the research teams onsite
  • Order, keep up-to-date stocks and distribution of over 730 reagents /lab supplies commonly stocked in the store
Philippe Verdy, in charge of the store, or Nathalie Bessede can be contacted:
  • By phone: 7 45 27 (05 62 74 45 27)
  • By mail: /
  • Office 204-206, 2d floor, building (Bat) B


The address of the store is:

CHU Purpan BAT B – Pavillon Lefebvre
Avenue des Arènes Romaines
31300 Toulouse

Centralized washing room

The washing room, shared by CPTP and IRSD, oversees the following operations:
  • Collect, sterilize and bring back sterilized items
  • Media sterilization
  • Receipt, collection and distribution of lab coats for the L1 laboratories
Francine Chauvier and Paula Figueiredo can be contacted:
  • By phone: 7 83 94 (05 62 74 83 94)
  • By mail:
  • Office 208, 2d floor, building (Bat) B

Technical services

The technical services, composed of three persons, Nicolas Kopf, Denis Caujolle, Pascal Godefroy, oversee:
  • The maintenance of technical equipment in laboratories
  • The monitoring of tissue culture hood and laboratory fume hood
  • The furnishing of laboratories and offices
  • The order / stock of liquid nitrogen and compressed gazes
  • The management of biological wastes (collection and transport)
  • The delivery of packages and internal mail
  • The repair of various items
They can be contacted:
  • By mail:
  • Office 003, ground floor, building (Bat) B

Health and safety

The health and safety team is composed of  ‘prevention assistants’ and one ‘prevention officer’. The prevention officer’ is affiliated to both CPTP and ISRD and assists the CPTP director in all areas of health and safety prevention. He coordinates the prevention assistants network and he manages the formation of new staff to health and safety regulations (biological, chemical…). He oversees the administrative duties related to the use of GMOs.
Claude Watrin can be contacted:
  • By phone: 7 45 06 (05 62 74 45 06)
  • By mail:
  • Office 023, ground floor, building (Bat) A


The person in charge of radioprotection oversees all practical and administrative duties associated with the purchase and use of radioactive elements within the center.
Bernard Lagane can be contacted:
  • By phone: 7 83 85 (05 62 74 83 85)
  • By mail:
  • Office 023, ground floor, building (Bat) A

Welcome desk

The CPTP welcome desk is manned by one person working part-time. This person is in charge of:
  • Welcoming all visitors to the center and answering all phone calls
  • All incoming and outgoing mails
  • Shipping of packages
  • Booking of on-site meeting rooms
  • Signing-in/off CPTP members borrowing the video projector
  • Providing /retrieving access badges
  • Providing lab books
  • Providing Wi-Fi voucher to visitors
  • Providing advices for all practical enquiries
Opening hours:
  • Monday to Thurs: from 8:30am to 1:30pm
  • Friday: from 8:30am to 12:30pm
You can contact reception:
  • By phone: 7 45 45 (05 62 74 45 45)
  • By mail:


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Center for Physiopathology of Toulouse Purpan
CHU Purpan – BP 3028 – 31024 Toulouse Cedex 3

Contact us

Tél: +335 62 74 45 45
Fax: +335 62 74 45 58