Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories

The 8 Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories give developing countries a high-level platform for applied research and epidemiological surveillance.


Created in outbreak-prone regions in developing countries, with financial support from Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux, Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories of excellence meet the most exacting international standards. They are the pillars of the GABRIEL network created by the Mérieux Foundation in 2008. Focused on applied research on infectious diseases and epidemiological surveillance, these laboratories are transferred to local partners to guarantee the relevance and long-term viability of their work. They help reinforce research, training, and diagnostic testing capacities in the regions where they are located.  

Applied research and diagnostics

Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories have a dual objective that combines diagnostics and applied research:

  • Conduct complex diagnostic testing
  • Participate in national or international collaborative research programs, in connection with the Emerging Pathogens Laboratory in Lyon-Gerland

Eight Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories have been created since 2005, in Mali, Cambodia, Laos, Haiti, Madagascar, Lebanon, Bangladesh, and Brazil. A 9th one is under construction on the campus of the Pasteur Institute of Tunisia.