Béatrice de Montéra

Associate Professor at UCLy


Campus Lyon - Carnot
23 Place Carnot 69002 Lyon

Further information

Research areas

Molecular Biology, Epigenetics Philosophy of Biology Ethics of Science and Technology

Teaching areas

Molecular Biology, Epigenetics Philosophy of Biology Ethics of Science and Technology


Béatrice de Montera has a double academic background in Biology and Ethics. For more than 15 years, she has been working at the interface of Biology (Natural Sciences, Molecular Biology, Epigenetics), Philosophy (Epistemology, Philosophy of Biology) and Ethics (Medical Ethics, Ethics of Research, Ethics of Biotechnologies).
She began a first PhD in Ethics with Pr. Anne Fagot-Largeault (Collège de France) in order to identify the ethical status of clones. In order to be able to characterise the object of her research, clones, Béatrice de Montera began a second PhD in biology at the French National Research Agency (INRA) to define clones from a biological point of view. Two post-doctoral experiences in Epigenetics and Ethics of Biotechnology at Laval University (Canada) have completed her multidisciplinary work. Since 2013, she has been recruited as an Associate Professor in Lyon Catholic University (UCLy) in two fields: Biological Sciences and Ethics of Science and Technology. She is currently responsible for the ethical platform SOCA of the MetaGenoPolis project (French National Research Agency & Future Investments, 2012-2020 and 2020-2024) with industrial partners, where she organizes multidisciplinary seminars and leads a qualitative research study on the ethical aspects of research on human microbiota. She has been the Team coordinator of the Group of Epistemology and Ethics of Science and Technology (GEEST) and the coordinator of the Degree of Ethics of Science and Technology (DUEST) since 2019. She has been involved as an ethics expert in the European EDCTP project REECAO to reinforce ethical committees in West Africa (2017-2020). She has been an ethical expert for the European Commission since 2015. She has been member and then project manager in the Ethcis Platform RESETIS of the University of Lyon since 2015.
  • Chapters
    • Contributions to conference proceedings
      • GAGNON, Philippe, GUILLERMIN, Mathieu, VIDAL, Juan R., GEORGEON, Olivier, DE MONTERA, Béatrice (2020). «Acquisition of Autonomy in Biotechnology and Artificial intelligence». In : IDREC (dir.), Proceedings of the 11th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics: IMCIC 2020. International Institute for Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), 2, 168-172.
  • Articles
    • Articles in peer-reviewed journals
      • EXBRAYAT, Jean-Marie, BRUN, Claire, DE MONTERA, Béatrice, MOUDILOU, Elara N., RAQUET, Michel (2019). «Amphibians as models for the study of cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis throughout embryonic development and oviduct cycles». Journal of Molecular Histology & Medical Physiology, 4, 1, 1000125.  [+]
  • Popularization & dissemination of research
    • RAQUET, Michel, ALLOUCHE, Sylvie, BRUN, Claire, DE MONTERA, Béatrice, EXBRAYAT, Jean-Marie, GUILLERMIN, Mathieu (2017). «Science et philosophie, deux disciplines qui vont si bien ensemble». L’Essentiel. Revue annuelle de l’UCLy, 4, 17-21.
  • Scientific collaborations
    • Participation in subsidized research contracts / projects
      • Member : Since 2017, Renforcement de l’Ethique des essais Cliniques en Afrique de l’Ouest , REECAO
      • Project coordinator : 2012 - 2024, Ethical and Social Acceptability Platform (SOCA) of the MetaGenoPolis Project, ANR -11-DPBS-0001, led by Institut national de recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement (INRAE), in partnership with Lyon Catholic University and ICAN
    • Participation in other research projects
      • 2019 - 2022, Member : Artificial constructivist agents that learn ETHICS in humAn-Involved co-construction, ETHICSAI, in partnership with Laboratoire d'Informatique en Image et Systèmes d'Information (LIRIS) - UMR 5205, Laboratoire Hubert Curien - UMR 5516, Institut d'optique Graduate School (IOGS), CNRS and Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne
    • Associate member of research networks / laboratories
      • 2014, Engineer, Institut Cochin, France
      • 2012, Post-doctoral Degree in Epigenetics and Developmental Biology, Université Laval, Canada
      • 2011, Post-doctoral Degree in Ethics of Biotechnologies, Université Laval, Canada
      • 2007 - 2009, Engineer, Institut national de recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement (INRAE), France
  • Editorial activities
    • Member of editorial boards
      • Since 2017, Reviewer, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
  • Direction of dissertations / theses / HDR
    • Thesis co-director, Symbiose et médecine, PhD thesis, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), Paris, started in 2019
  • Expertises, evaluations & consulting
    • Since 2019, Ethical business consultancy, Nahibu, France
    • 2017 - 2020, Ethics expert and trainer in the European EDCT2 REECAO project [Strengthening Ethics Committees in West Africa], €300,000 project of which €50,000 for UCLy as partner
    • Since 2017, Rapporteur for the jury of the Danone Prize for Research in Food Science
    • 2016, Expert ethics evaluator, European Commission, Belgium
  • Academic background
    • 2009 PhD in molecular biology and genomics, Etude moléculaire des variations génétiques et épigénétiques de bovins clonés, Université Paris-Saclay (ex Paris-Sud), France
    • 1998 Diploma of Advanced Studies, Philosophy of Sciences, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris 1, France
  • Prizes & distinctions
    • Since 2009 Finaliste concours de la meilleure thèse de l'Association française de zootechnie, Association française de zootechnie, France
    • 2003 - 2006 Bourse de thèse du Ministère de la recherche, Université Paris-Saclay (ex Paris-Sud), France
  • Educational responsibilities and professional experiences
    • Since 2020 Pedagogical Director, Interdisciplinary Ethics Centre, Lyon Catholic University, France
    • Since 2018 Project Manager in Ethics, Université de Lyon, France
    • Since 2016 Doctoral Fellow, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris 1, France
  • Languages
    • English - Able to teach
    • Spanish - Able to teach
    • Portuguese - Able to teach