Daniel LOUVARD obtained his PhD in Physical Chemistry 1976. He is Director of Research of the CNRS since 1986. He is Professor at the Pasteur Institute. He was group leader at EMBL (1978-1982) and then at the Pasteur Institute (1982-1995). He was appointed Director of the Research Center of the Institut Curie in 1995 and he also continues to direct his own group in a research unit CNRS/Institut Curie this institute.
Daniel LOUVARD is a member of EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) (1983-), President of the TLL SAB (Temasek Life Sciences-Singapore) (1995-), a member of VIB SAB (Vlaams Interuniversitair Institut voor biotechnologie) (2002-), a member of the Scientific Council of CEA (2002-), a member of the Board of ENS-Ulm (2004-). He is also Permanent Advisor of the Governmental Mission on Cancer (2003-), vice-president of the International Scientific Council of INCa (National Institute of Cancer) (2005-), a member of the Board of the the Institut Pasteur (2005-).
He served as editor of the Journal of Cell Science (1990-2006). He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, a member of the European Academy of Sciences and member of the Academia Europea, Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite et Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. He received in 1996 the Lounsbery Award from the French and American Academies of Sciences
D. Louvard is biochemist and cell biologist. His basic research is focused on the functions of epithelia and especially on membrane trafficking, intercellular junctions and on the cytoskeletton of the polarized epithelium cells. He pursues his research on the molecular basis of polarity, motility and cellular plasticity. More recently he developed new research on transgenic mice; with these genetically modified animal models, he analyzed the molecular basis of carcinogenesis of the digestive epithelium with the goal of develop new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.