Permanent staff

Xavier Garric

Xavier Garric was born in Nice (France) in 1977. He first received his PharmD degree in 2001 before he obtained his PhD in 2004 from the University of Montpellier I, under the supervision of Doctors Michel Vert and Jean-Pierre Molès in the field of degradable polymeric scaffold in skin engineering. He joined the group of Doctor Michel Vert as an Assistant Professor at the University of Montpellier, in 2005. He was appointed Professor of Polymer Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy in 2013 and became team leader in September 2018. He is also co-founder and scientific advisor of the company Womed. His research interests are focused on biomedical applications of polymers and especially for the design of new drug delivery systems and degradable medical devices.

Benjamin Nottelet

Benjamin initially graduated as a chemical engineer from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie of Montpellier (ENSCM), France before completing an industrial PhD on degradable polymers from the University of Montpellier (UM) in 2005 in contract with RHODIA in the group of Prof. Vert. He then worked in the Macromolecular Engineering and Architectures group of ENSCM in the group of Prof. Boutevin before joining the Department of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics of Prof. Gurny at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) to develop scaffolds for tissue engineering and drug delivery systems. In 2008, he became Associate Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy at UM and joined the Department of Artificial Biopolymers of IBMM of Prof. Coudane, where he was appointed Full Professor in 2018. His research activities focus on the synthesis and modification of degradable polymers for advanced biomedical applications and include hybrid biomaterials, bioactive surfaces, and multifunctional polymers.

Jean Coudane

Jean is an alumnus of the ENS Cachan, he has passed aggregation in Chemistry before moving to INSA of Rouen as assistant professor in organic chemistry in the Laboratory of Macromolecular Substances, managed by Professor Maréchal. in 1991 he moved at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Montpellier in the CRBA (Research Center on Artificial Biopolymers) team, managed par Dr Michel Vert. From 2007 to 2018 he managed the “Artificial Biopolymers” department of IBMM (Max Mousseron Institute on Biomolecules). His research skills are mainly dedicated to the chemical modifications of biodegradable and biocompatible (co)polymers, especially (co)polyesters, for applications in Health, such as implantable polymeric medical devices or polymeric drug vectors.

Hélène Van Den Berghe

Hélène graduated in Organic Chemistry at the Universtiy of Montpellier (France). She completed her PhD in 2007 under the supervision of Pr J. Coudane in the Artificial Biopolymers Department of IBMM in Montpellier, working on the synthesis of biodegradable polymers for tissue engineering and sustained drug release applications. She then joined the group of Pr Rachel Auzély in the CERMAV (Grenoble, France) as a post-doc to work on the chemical modifications of polysaccharides. Hélène moved to England in 2010 in the Dove group at the Warwick University before moving at the University of Lille (France) to work as a post-doctoral fellow with Pr Bernard Martel developing multi-drug stents based on polysaccharide layer-by-layer assemblies. In 2011, she became Associate Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy of Montpellier in the Artificial Biopolymers Department of IBMM. Her research is dedicated to the synthesis and chemical modification of synthetic and natural biodegradable polymers for biomedical applications including : nano-systems for anti-cancer drug release, anti-adhesive polymeric membranes for orthopedic surgery, synthesis of amphiphilic copolymers for environnemental applications.

Abdeslam El Ghzaoui

Abdeslam graduated in chemical physics at the Universtiy of Montpellier (France). After defending his PhD in the field chemical physics at the Universtiy of Montpellier (1997), he  worked for the C.E.A (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique) in the field of radionuclides solubilisation in micellar and physical hydrogel systems. Then, he joined the C.R.P.P. (Centre de recherche Paul Pascal) (Bordeaux, France) as a post-doc to work on Dendrimers and their supramolecular nanostructures. In 2002, he became Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy at University of Montpellier and joined the Department of Artificial Biopolymers of IBMM of Prof. Michel Vert.  His research activities focus on the rheology of nano and mesostructures biomaterials obtained from natural and synthetic biopolymers. He also works on interfaces in colloidal systems such as the drug solubilisation in polymer micelles and hydrogels.

Coline Pinese


Coline has been working at the chemistry/biology interface since her doctorate CIFRE obtained in 2014. Her objective was to design hybrid collagen/PLA based copolymer biomaterials for ligament regeneration. She then continued her work at the interface by studying bioactive surfaces functionalized by peptides (antibacterial, osteointegration, wound healing…). Then she became involved into spinal cord regeneration through an association mRNA or siRNA/ nanofibers at Nayang Technological University, Singapore. She finally joined the DBA team as an Associate Professor to develop polymer/peptide hybrid nanomaterials.

Vincent Darcos

Vincent is a CNRS Research Engineer at the Institute of Biomolecules Max Mousseron (IBMM). After defending his PhD in the field of organic chemistry (2000, University of Bordeaux), he joined the group of Prof. Dave Haddleton at the University of Warwick in UK (Marie-Curie Fellowship, 2000-2002). Then, he moved for a one-year post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bordeaux (LCPO) in the group of Dr. Yves Gnanou (Rhodia funding). In 2004, he joined the IBMM and defended his HDR in 2017. His research interests focus in the field of macromolecular engineering in order to develop original polymeric biomaterials for health applications.

Mahfoud Boustta

Mahfoud is a CNRS Research Engineer with the Max Mousseron Institute for Biomolecules (IBMM) at the University of Montpellier. He obtained his PhD in Materials Chemistry at the University of Rouen in 1986. He joined the group of Artificial Biopolymers (CRBA) created and directed by Michel Vert in 1992. Being an organic Chemist and polymer scientist, his research focuses on functional and multifunctional polymers of therapeutic interest such as macromolecular prodrugs and artificial, gelatin-type hydrogels.

Audrey Bethry

After a master degree in Health Biology, Health engineering obtained in Montpellier, she moved to Strasbourg and joined in 2009 a team working in cell signaling in urological cancers (INSERM U1113) as engineer. Then she became a member of Urolead, preclinical Contract Research Organization (CRO) created in 2010 offering patient tumorgraft-based services in urological cancers. After 4 years as project manager, she joined in 2014 the biopolymer department of the Institute of Biomolecules Max Mousseron (IBMM) as biological engineer. She is in charge of biological evaluation, in vitro and in vivo, of medical biomaterials developed by polymer chemists.

Cédric Paniagua

Cédric Paniagua graduated from a DUT in Chemistry obtained at the University of Montpellier in 2000. After several experiences in the private sector (2000-2003), he joined the Biopolymers Artificial Department at IBMM in 2004 as a CNRS assistant engineer chemist. He is in charge of the synthesis development and characterization of original polymeric biomaterials for health applications. Since 2016, he is technical manager of the polymer platform of the SynBio3 platform.

Stéphane Dejean

Stéphane Déjean obtained his Diploma of Higher Education in Chemistry in 2011 and specialized in polymers chemistry with a Bachelor’s Degree. In 2013, he joined the Biopolymers Artificial Department at IBMM as a CNRS chemist. He is currently working on the synthesis and the characterization of biodegradable polymers and also in the development of new 3D printable materials applied on medical devices.

Sylvie Hunger

She obtained his Diploma of Higher Education in Chemistry and, after several years in private field, she integrated the Biopolymers Artificial department in 1992 as a technician. She is currently in charge of technical facilities in size exclusion chromatography (SEC), analysis and maintenance. In SynBio3 platform she also contributes to the characterization and degradation study of polymers.

Michel Vert

Michel Vert

Michel Vert, formally at INSA Rouen, founded the laboratory in 1991 and led it as director until he retired in 2007. He remains member of the department as Emeritus CNRS Research Director. His main fields of interest are: – optically active polymers, – multifunctional polyelectrolytes, -polymers of therapeutic interest, – macromolecular drugs and prodrugs, -degradable and bioresorbable polymers, – smart polymeric systems. He authored or co-authored more than 400 major scientific contributions (articles, book chapters, patents, etc…). He contributed to the creation of three companies, two as co-founder. Two stopped after many years of activity. One, MedinCell, is still alive. He is presently member of the IUPAC Sub-Committee for Polymer Terminology. He was awarded a CNRS Silver Medal, a “Jungfleish” Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences and a Grand Prix Georges Winter of the European Society for Biomaterials.

Carine Carlin


Clinical staff & Quality

Renaud De Teyrac PU-PH

Vincent Letouzey PU-PH

Christian Pompée PAST

Emmanuel Robin PAST

Non-permanent staff

Hadda Zebiri

Hadda Zebiri

After graduating from Ferhat Abbas University-Algeria, Hadda is doing a PhD at IBMM for her scholarship. She works in biodegradable materials, based on bloc polymers. She likes gardening and taking care of animals.

Louis Gangolphe

Louis Gangolphe

After graduating from ESCPE engineering school – Lyon (Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique et Electronique) in 2016, Louis is currently performing his PhD under the supervision of Pr. Xavier Garric (Montpellier) and Pr. Frédéric Bossard (Grenoble). His aim is to design degradable fibrous scaffolds dedicated to soft tissue reconstruction. Since he is sharing is time between Montpellier (IBMM-Department of Artificials Biopolymers) and Grenoble (Laboratoire Rhéologie et Procédés – LRP). Afterwards, he would like to pursue research in polymers applied to medical devices.

Karima Belabbes

Karima Belabbes

After graduating from the University of Pharmacy “ABOU BAKR BELKAID, ALGERIA”, Karima is doing her PhD at IBMM with a scholarship from the Algerian government. She is working on the design of hybrid peptide/polymer nanofibers for spinal cord regeneration. She enjoys baking cakes and walking on the beach.

Floriane Bahuon

Floriane Bahuon

Floriane graduated from ENSCBP (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie, de Biologie et de Physique) in Bordeaux in 2017. She demonstrated a strong interest for research and polymers during her internships at Massey University (Palmerston North, New Zealand) and Arkema (Lacq, France). Floriane is currently doing a PhD at IBMM in collaboration with ROCHE on the synthesis of new biodegradable copolymers and the development of medical devices for sustain ocular drug delivery.

Mathilde Grosjean

Mathilde Grosjean

Mathilde graduated as a chemical engineer from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier in 2019. She is currently completing her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Benjamin Nottelet. The main objective of her work is the design of degradable elastomers and hydrogels and their combination for the design of self-rolled bioresorbable patches for the local treatment of colonic inflammation.


Victor Demorme

Victor Delorme

Victor graduated in biomolecules chemistry from the University of Montpellier in 2016. He performed his internship at IBMM in the team Artificial Biopolymers. Then, he started his PhD in the same team, under the supervision of Dr. Hélène Van den Berghe and Pr. Jean Coudane. Victor’s project deals with synthesis of new copolymers structures in order to prepare new anticancer drug delivery systems. Nowadays, he is in third years of his PhD.

Prescillia Lagarrigue

Prescillia Lagarrigue

Prescillia graduated with an Engineer’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from ENSIACET Toulouse in 2016.
She is currently doing a PhD under Institut Carnot Chimie Balard Cirimat agreement, working on new porous composite scaffolds for osteoradionecrosis treatment, jointly supervised by IBBM Biopolymers team and CIRIMAT PPB team.
She has previously completed a 6-months R&D internship in Biomaterials Engineering in the INSERM 1121 unit in Strasbourg, working on tracheal implants covered with a bioactive hydrogel and performing in vivo tests.


Samantha Saxer

Organic researcher with a PhD degree in polymer chemistry (2018, INSA de Lyon), she has developed various synthesis strategies for new structures of small organic compounds and polymers. Research themes include: Multicomponent polymerization (MCP), aromatic and heterocyclic polymers, syntheses assisted by microwaves. From 2019, she is a postdoctoral researcher (IBMM, Université de Montpellier) in cooperation with the company ID.Vet, to develop bioconjugates involving in diagnostic kits based on the ELISA technique. The study requires radical polymerization methods (FRP, RAFT), click-chemistry and protein modifications.

Coraline Chartier

Coraline Chartier

After graduating from the University of Bordeaux in 2019, Coraline is currently doing a PhD in collaboration between the Department of Polymers for Health and Biomaterials (PHBM) in Montpellier and the Centre for Material Forming (CEMEF) in Sophia-Antipolis. This PhD is done under the supervision of Pr Benjamin Nottelet (IBMM-PHBM) and Dr. Tatiana Budtova (CEMEF, Team BIO-based polymers and composites). Her aim is to print a functionalized bioaerogel based on natural biopolymers for the treatment of chronic wounds.

Carlos Arrambide Cruz

Carlos Arrambide Cruz

Carlos obtained a Master’s degree in Chemistry and Physical Chemistry of Materials from Bordeaux University in 2014. He did his PhD studies at CEA (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives) in Marcoule, in particular at the Institute for Separation Chemistry (ICSM) attached to the university of Montpellier. In 2017 he defended his PhD in Separation Chemistry, Materials and Process entitled by synthesis of chelating phenolic copolymers for strategic metals extraction (germanium and rare earths). Interested by valorization of research and innovation, he has done studies in management at Montpellier University School of Management (IAE Montpellier) and he obtained a MSc in Innovation Management in 2018. In April 2019, he joined the IBMM as a postdoctoral researcher and his research focuses on the synthesis of hydrogels from biocompatible polymers for decontamination of actinides.

Teddy Tichané

Teddy Tichané

Chemist specialized in polymers and composite materials. PhD in polymer chemistry on development of magnetic nanocomposites with dispersion of nanofillers in a thermoplastic matrix obtained by extrusion (IMP, Saint Étienne). Currently in post doctoral position (IBMM, Montpellier) on synthesis and processing of a biodegradable copolymer in partnership with the company Lactips.


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