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researcher , Virologist

Françoise Barre-Sinoussi, French virologist, researcher. Achievements include co-discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Named to Women in Technology International Hall of Fame, 2007; recipient European Science award, Germany, 1986, French Academy Medicine award, 1988, King Faisal International prize of medicine, Saudi Arabia, 1993, Nobel prize in physiology/medicine, 2008.


Barre-Sinoussi, Françoise was born on July 30, 1947 in Paris. Daughter of Roger and Jeanine (Fau) Sinoussi.


Master of Science in Biochemistry, University Paris, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy in Virology, Institute Pasteur, Paris, 1975.


Research fellow Institute Pasteur, Garches, France, 1971-1975, research assistant Paris, 1975—1980, assistant director virology department, 1978-1982, assistant professor, 1980-1986, research director, since 1986, head Retrovirus Biology Laboratory, 1986—1991, professor, head Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit, since 1996, deputy director science affairs, 2001—2005. Postdoctoral fellow National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 1975-1976. Member science committee National Institute Health & Medical Research (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale), Paris, 1987—1990.

Member virology committee French Agency Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Research, 1989—1991, president virology committee, 1993—1996, president Human Immunodeficiency Virus vaccine programme, 1999—2001, member adminsttrv., since 2003. Board directors World Foundation Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, since 1998.


  • Achievements include co-discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).


Member of French Society Microbiology, American Society Microbiology, International Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Society.


Married Jean-Claude Barre, October 7, 1978.

Roger Sinoussi

Jeanine (Fau) Sinoussi

Jean-Claude Barre