Branka Horvat
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  • Phone : +33 4 37 28 23 92
  • Location : Lyon, France
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Branka Horvat MD PhD, INSERM Research Director

Course and current status


M.D. 9/1983 School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1978-1983.

M.Sc. 10/1985 University of Zagreb, Graduate School, Department of Natural Sciences, 1983-1985,

Ph.D. 12/1989 School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia, Major Field: Immunology. 

HDR 3/1998 University Claude Bernard - Lyon I, France, Accreditation to supervise research. Major Fields: Immunology, Virology. 



INTERNSHIP, Zagreb Medical Centre, Zagreb, Croatia, 1984-85, Medical Board Exam: 9/1985. 

RESEARCH AFFILIATE, Department of Pathology, Yale University School of Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, New Haven, USA. Advisors: Dr. Patrick Flood and Dr. Charles Janeway, 1985 – 1988.

LECTURER, Department of Physiology and Immunology, Zagreb University School of Medicine, Croatia, 1989 - 1991.

POSTE VERT INSERM, Post-doctoral position at Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (CIML), France, 1991 - 1993.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France, INSERM , 1993-2006.


DIRECTOR of French National Reference Centre for Measles (CNR), 2008.

PROFESSOR, Interface contract with Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 2006-2010.

INSERM RESEARCH DIRECTOR, CIRI - International Centre for Infectiology Research, INSERM U1111, CNRS UMR5308, Universite Lyon 1, ENS Lyon, Group Leader, 2013 to present.    web site:



2011  Expert for « Discontools » FP7 project of gap analysis in development of tools to control infectious diseases in Europe

2016  Laureate of the program "Emergence 2016", promoted by the French Embassy in China

2021  Award: «Chevalier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’honneur » by decree of the President of the Republic, Official Journal of the French Republic January 1, 2021 in homage to those who fight against Covid-19.

Scientific summary

Viruses and immune system are in constant interaction, resulting in either elimination of a virus, viral persistence or development of an infectious disease. My group is studying several aspects of this dynamic relation, particularly innate immune response and mechanisms of viral evasion from the immune control and analysis of novel anti-viral approaches. We are particularly interested in:

  • Immuno-neuropathogenesis of emerging highly lethal Nipah virus infection: role of innate immune control and function of non-structural virus genes, studies in the murine model and in fruit bats, natural reservoir of the virus;
  • Study of the immunopathogenesis of measles virus infection and development of the novel anti-viral strategies;
  • Physiopathology of SARS-CoV-2 infection, role of the induction of human endogenous retroviruses and neuropathogenesis;
  • Analysis of the mechanisms of neuroinflammation induced by human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) infection.

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ResearcherID: M-3504-2014
ResearcherID: M-3504-2014


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