Pierre Bruhns
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Pierre Bruhns PhD in Immunology

Course and current status

Since 01/2016 Director of multi-team INSERM Unit 1222: Humoral Immunity

Director of Institut Pasteur Unit: Antibodies in Pathology & Therapy

Deputy Director, Dept. of Immunology

Institut Pasteur – Paris, France


09/2012-12/2015 Institut Pasteur – Paris, France

Director of INSERM Unit 760

Director of Institut Pasteur Unit: Antibodies in Pathology & Therapy


09/2004-08/2012 Institut Pasteur – Paris, France

Faculty Position at INSERM

Unit of Molecular and cellular Allergology, INSERM U.760.


07/2001-08/2004 The Rockefeller University – New York, NY, USA                                                                                    

Post-Doctoral Fellow

(Margaret Dammann Eisner- Irvington Institute Postdoctoral Fellow)

Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology


10/1996-05/2001 Institut Curie – Paris, France

Ph.D. in Immunology. University Paris VI, Pierre et Marie Curie.

Laboratoire d'Immunologie Cellulaire et Clinique, INSERM U255

Scientific summary

Antibodies in Therapy & Pathology (INSERM UMR 1222): focus on Allergy, Autoimmunity and Immunotherapy

Antibodies are key effectors of the immune system. They are responsible for disease induction (autoimmunity, allergy) and can be protecting from or facilitating infections and tumors. Antibodies are secreted by terminally differentiated B cells, plasmablasts and plasma cells. Antibodies do not generally exert by themselves, however, biological functions: these are mainly mediated by antibody receptors (FcRs) and complement component C1q.


1) Decipher the role of human antibodies, human antibody receptors (FcRs) and the cells expressing them (neutrophils, monocytes/macrophages, platelets, mast cells, basophils), and human complement during therapy and in the induction of pathologies (severe allergy & autoimmunity), using primarily mouse models “humanized” for these components.

2) Establish high-throughput plasma cell screening, analysis and/or sorting using droplet microfluidics technologies to understand the antibody response, repertoire and affinities, and demonstrate the pathogenic nature of antibodies in specific diseases .

3) Develop clinical studies (NASA; WaspPenIP; ENDOPHEN) to understand how antibodies and their effector functions induce/regulate autoimmune and allergic diseases

4) Develop novel antibody-based therapeutics

Altogether, our research integrating fundamental, clinical and industry-driven approaches, aims at elucidating the role of antibodies, their receptors and the cells expressing them in major disease and therapy models and, hopefully, propose novel therapeutic solutions in antibody-based therapies.


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