Women in science: Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

This next instalment is about a scientist who has spent her career researching HIV

Françoise Barre-Sinoussi 


Françoise Barré-Sinoussi 

  • Worked at the Institut Pasteur, studying retroviruses, and did a PhD supervised by Jean-Claude Chermann in 1974.
  • Won the Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2008, alongside Luc Montagnier and Harald zur Hausen, for the discovery of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Barré-Sinoussi was the first person to directly observe retroviral activity of HIV in infected lymph nodes.
  • She is the director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections division at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.
  • She has co-authored over 240 scientific publications!
  • She is president of the International AIDS Society. She is also a Grand Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.


Let me know if there are any other scientists you would like me to feature!



References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Françoise_Barré-Sinoussi , https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2008/barre-sinoussi-bio.html
Photo: Wikimedia commons, by Prolineserver




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