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Marc Baaden

Laboratoire de Biochimie Théorique, CNRS - UPR 9080
13, rue Pierre et Marie Curie
F-75005 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 58 41 51 76

Cohabitant, one child. Born on May 23 1972 in Strasbourg, France.
Dual nationality French and German.

Professional Goal

Study of biological and chemical phenomena via theoretical methods based on physical chemistry and leading to an understanding of processes at the atomic scale. At the same time I try to keep a close contact to experiment and take advantage of novel approaches such as virtual reality.


  • European PhD Thesis in theoretical chemistry (molecular dynamics), November 2000, Université Louis Pasteur (ULP), Strasbourg, France and Ecole Polytechnique (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland, conducted by Prof. Georges Wipff and Prof. Michel Burgard (Strasbourg) including a 3 months stay in Prof. Wilfred van Gunsteren's group (Zürich): 'synergistic effects in liquid-liquid ion extraction.'
  • Diploma thesis ("DEA") in physical chemistry, September 1997, Université Louis Pasteur (ULP), Strasbourg, France, specialty: spectroscopic methods, directed by Prof. Pierre Granger and Prof. Alain Strich: 'Ab initio calculation of NMR chemical shielding tensors.'
  • Degree in chemical engineering , June 1997, Ecole européenne des Hautes études de l'Industrie Chimique de Strasbourg (EHICS), Strasbourg, France, Tri-lingual curriculum (French, English, German) in chemistry, specialty: material science.
  • Degree ('Diplom-Vorprüfung') in chemistry, April 1994, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • German school leaving examination ('Abitur') , June 1991, Einstein grammar school of Kehl, Germany, Bilingual curriculum (German/French).


Directeur de Recherche de 2ème classe and since 1.1.2012 adjunct director of the CNRS UPR 9080 laboratory, Paris (Since 2012)

Chargé de Recherche de 1ère classe with Prof. Ph. Derreumaux at CNRS Paris (2007-2012, 6 years)

Chargé de Recherche de 2ème classe with Dr R. Lavery at CNRS Paris (2003 - 2006, 4 years)

Membrane proteins, enzymes and biological function, methodological developments and applications in interactive molecular graphics and virtual reality. Results published in Nature, Biophysical Journal, J. Comp. Chem., etc.

EC Research Fellow with Prof. M.S.P. Sansom at Oxford University (GB) (2001 - 2002, 2 years)

Computational studies of outer membrane proteins published in JMB, Biochemistry, Biophysical Journal, etc.

PhD student with Prof. G. Wipff and Prof. M. Burgard, France (1997 - 2000, 3 years)

Molecular dynamics simulations of model systems (calixarenes, TBP, HNO3) providing insight into molecular recognition, complexation and liquid-liquid extraction. - Results published in JPCA, JPCB, Perkin. Trans., Inorg. Chem., J. Mol. Liquids, PCCP, etc.

Research internship with Prof. W. F. van Gunsteren, Switzerland (2000, 3 months)

Potential of mean force calculations for solute transfer across a water/chloroform interface.

Diploma work with Prof. P. Granger and Prof. A. Strich, Strasbourg, France (1997, 6 months)

Effect of intramolecular rotation on ab initio calculated NMR shielding constants in vinylic derivatives. - Results published in Mol. Phys.


  • 72 publications (h=20, 1603 cites), 102 poster presentations, 110 talks, 4 software libraries.


  • 32 research students, 9 post-doctoral fellows, 7 PhD students, 4 engineers.


  • 4 international + 4 national conferences, 1 international summer school, 2 international + 1 national workshops, 1 open day, 2 national events

Peer review

  • PNAS, Nature Comm, Cell Res, JACS, Angewandte, Chemistry, Biophys J, PCCP .. (~25 per year)


  • ERASMUS grant by the European Union, Bruxelles in 1994
  • PhD fellowship by the French Ministry for Research (26 kEuro, 1998-2000)
  • Marie Curie fellowship by the EU (114 kEuro, 2001-2003)


  • FonFlon, 2006 to 2009, 153 kEuro, Structural fluctuations in enzymes
  • FlowVRNano, 2008 to 2010, 223 kEuro, Virtual reality molecular simulations
  • BioPac, 2010 to 2014, 132 kEuro, Fuel cell modeling
  • Nico_chimera, 2011 to 2014, 145 kEuro, Nicotinic receptor homologues
  • ExaVis, 2011 to 2015, 177 kEuro, Exa-scale visualization
  • Dynamo LabEx and CACSICE EquipEx (2012 to 2019)
  • CNRS PEPS, 2012 to 2013, 19 kEuro, Nucleosome in virtual reality
  • Pentagate, 2014 to 2018, 132 kEuro, Follow-up pentameric receptors

Important scientific contributions

  • Recognized for my expertise on outer membrane proteins. Contributed to the elucidation of an open pore structure of an ion channel close to the human nicotinic receptor. Original developments on interactive molecular graphics.


    Lecturer mainly at Université Denis Diderot, Paris 7 (up to 40 h p.a.) (2003-2014)

    'Vacataire', then teaching assistant Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (196 h) (1998-99)

    'Vacataire' Ecole de Chimie, Polymères et Matériaux, Strasbourg (104 h) (1997/98)

Academic Community Related Activity

  • Scientific secretary of the French "Comité National" of the CNRS (2008-2012)
  • Member of the user committee of the national IDRIS supercomputer center
  • Member and from 2014 president of the national supercomputer expert panel GENCI CT7 (2011-2013)
  • Co-author of the book "Itinéraires Bis", Connaissances et Savoirs 2010

Distinctions and Affiliations

  • Bonus for Scientific Excellence 2010-2013
  • HP Best presentation award at "Journée Aristote Visualisation Collaborative" in 2013
  • Young researcher award by the French Chemical Society's Physical Chemistry Division in 2010
  • Young researcher award by the Groupe de Graphisme et Modélisation Moléculaire in 2003
  • Thesis award by the Conseil Scientifique de l'ULP, Strasbourg, France
  • EHICS Excellence award, Strasbourg, France
  • Qualification aux fonctions de Professeur des Universités (section 31 and 64)
  • Member of the 'Gesellschaft deutscher Chemiker' and of the 'Société Française de Chimie'
  • Member of the Biophysical Society

Language skills

  • French, German - bilingual.
  • English - written, read and spoken fluently (TOEIC score 945, 29 years of practice).
  • Japanese - basic skills (4 months introductory class in Japan).

Computer and IT skills

Operating systems

  • Linux, Mac OSX, Unix, Windows.


  • TCP/IP (ftp, http, mail), Microsoft, Appletalk.


  • Objective-C/C, Fortran, Perl, Python and other

Molecular Modeling

  • Gromacs, Yasara, NAMD, Amber, Gromos, Gaussian, Spartan, Macromodel.


  • What If, Modeller, VMD, VTK, R, XML, Docbook, LaTeX.


  • PDB, CCDB, Beilstein, bibliographic (PubMed, ISI, CC, SCI, ...).


  • Website design for the university, a sports club and for personal and professional purposes.

Other information


  • Aïkido and Martial Arts (25 years of practice, black belt).
  • Music (6 years of piano).


  • Europe (A, B, CH, D, E, F, GB, GR, H, I, NL, PL, TR), Africa (MA), Asia (Japan) and USA.