Boulin, Christian

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Boulin, Christian

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Boulin was born in Thann, FR in 1948.
Between 1966 and 1969, he studied Mathematics and Physics at Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, FR. He then competed a diplôme universitaire de technologie (DUT) in computer science at the Institut universitaire de technologie (IUT) of Belfort, FR (1969-1971). He then studied for a Masters "Electronique-Electrotechnique-Automation" at the École supérieure des sciences exactes et appliquées in Mulhouse, FR and then a DEA (diplôme d'études approfondies) in nuclear instrumentation, also at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (1973-1974). He completed a doctoral thesis in the field of nuclear instrumentation (physics) at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg and the Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et de Physiques des Particules. His thesis was entitled "Contribution à l'étude et à la réalisation d'un processeur micro-programmable, ultra-rapide, destiné à la gestion des tâches CAMAC" (see DE 2324 P-BOU-C) in 1977.


Strasbourg, FR
Heidelberg, DE

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Boulin joined EMBL in 1976-09 as a scientist in the Computer Group of the Division of Instrumentation. He remained at EMBL until his death in 2014-04. Throughout his career, his job and responsibilities changed several times:

  • 1976/1981: Scientist in the Computer Group of the Division of Instrumentation
  • 1982/1993: Scientist in Physical Instrumentation, becoming Senior Scientist in 1989
  • 1994: Programme Coordinator (alongside Eric Karsenti) of the Physical Instrumentation / Cell Biophysics Programme
  • 1994/1997: Programme Coordinator (alongside Eric Karsenti) of the Cell Biophysics Programme
  • 1998/2000: Coordinator of Major Facilities
  • 2001/2013: Coordinator of Core Facilities
  • 2014: Director of Core Facilities and Scientific Services

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