Eric Ennifar received a Master degree in Biological Crystallography and NMR (joint Master from Universities of Strasbourg, Grenoble and Paris Orsay, France) in 1998. He did his Ph.D. in 2001 with Philippe Dumas at the University of Strasbourg, solving the X-ray structure of the HIV-1 genomic RNA Dimerization Initiation Site – the first RNA kissing-loop crystal structure - and of the ribosomal S15/mRNA complex. He then moved to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg (Germany) for a postdoctoral fellowship in the group of Dietrich Suck working on X-ray crystallography of DNA recombinases and resolvases. In 2003, he was recruited as a CNRS Research Scientist at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC) in Strasbourg. He currently works in the group of Biophysics and Structural Biology and his research is focused on biophysical studies of RNA/protein and RNA/ligands complexes, such as (1) the development of rationally designed novel drugs targeting the viral RNA genome, (2) thermodynamic and structural basis of HIV replication and of the innate immune response to HIV infection and (3) thermodynamics of the translation machinery. His research has been funded by the Agence Nationale de Recherche sur le SIDA (ANRS), Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) and Sidaction.
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