Goals and challenge

PSL-Qlife aims at playing a central role in quantitative biology at the international level. Learn more about our missions and objectives.
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PSL-Qlife, Institut convergences created in 2017 within the framework of the French Research Ministry funding “Programme d'investissements d'avenir”, is dedicated to quantitative biology. It is located in Paris and federates 10 research institutes and organisms that are PSL members or partners, 5 Labex (Laboratory of excellency) and 2 Equipex (equipment of excellence).


As research expands, the field of life sciences becomes more and more predictive rather than being only descriptive. Indeed, biological processes can now be analyzed in a truly dynamic and quantitative fashion, at multiple spatial and temporal levels, and models can be elaborated, making predictions about how biological systems operate.

Scientific topics



We choose to focus on three main topics :

Indeed, these topics constitute fundamental and important biological questions, for which quantitative methods have the potential to radically transform our understanding and where interdisciplinary approaches are essential.


Predictive biology thus requires new tools emerging from other disciplines such as chemistry, physics and mathematics. In this line, PSL-Qlife gathers scientists from these different fields in order to foster fruitful interdisciplinary collaborations, and accelerate the transfer of technologies, from academic labs to start-ups and companies.

In addition, we aim at training future interdisciplinary scientists, as we develop and implement a talent strategy to foster an innovative and collaborative culture, including fellowships for master and PhD students, as well as thematic Quantitative biology courses including digital workshops.


In a nutshell, our main missions are:

  • Support highly innovative research addressing scientific and socio-economic challenges.
  • Train future leaders who are able to navigate across disciplines and methodologies.
  • Strengthen the socio-economic impact of this research by accelerating the innovation value chain.

PSL University

Located in the heart of Paris, PSL inspires dialog among and between all areas of knowledge, innovation, and creativity. With 17,000 students and 2,900 researchers, it is a human-scale university.

PSL includes eleven schools and works closely with three research entities. It draws on the scientific strengths of all its schools to foster unprecedented opportunities for its communities in education, research, technology transfer, and industrial and academic partnerships both nationally and internationally.

In 2017, PSL was awarded an "Institut Convergences" certification, which is part of the "Programme d’Investissements d’avenir" (Investment for the Future Program, PIA), launched in 2010 by the French government.