Ibrahim Cissé was born in Niger. He received his Bachelor of Sciences in Physics in 2004 from North Carolina Central University and completed his PhD in physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) in 2009. After a postdoctoral stay at the École Normale Supérieure of Paris (France), Cissé returned to the USA in 2013 to become a Research Specialist at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. In 2014, he moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, where he was first an assistant professor of Physics and then promoted to associate professor in the Department of Physics with a joint appointment in biology. In 2021, Ibrahim Cissé joined the MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (USA), where he was appointed as a Professor of Physics. In Freiburg, he is head of the Department of Biological Physics.
Ibrahim Cissé received multiple national and international awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science, the Young Fluorescence Investigator Award from the Biophysical Society, The Pew Biomedical Scholars, and the National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award.
Qualifications and history
- 2004 BSc. in Physics, North Carolina Central University, USA
- 2005 M.S. in Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- 2009 PhD, in Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- 2010-2012 Postdoctoral fellow at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, jointly in the departments of Physics and Biology
- 2013 Research Specialist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus, USA
- 2014-2019 Assistant Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
- 2019-2020 Associate Professor of Physics, Department of Physics & Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
- 2020-2021 Associate Professor of Physics With Tenure, Department of Physics & Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
- 2021 Full Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA
- since 2021 Director at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany