French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
Before her appointment as Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal has served as President of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis since 2012.
After earning a Master's Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, a Master of Advanced Studies in Molecular Virology from the Pasteur Institute, and a PhD in Biology from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, she joined her alma mater, the University of Nice, as a lecturer in 1995.
From 2004, Frédérique Vidal served as a professor of biochemistry and molecular and cell biology at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
In 2007-2009, she served as Vice Dean of its College of Sciences and Research Assistant, and its Dean from 2009 to 2012.
She was also responsible for internships and served as deputy director of the master’s program in pharmacology.
She was an external member of the Regional Scientific Advisory Board of the National Institute for Medical Research (INSERM) from 1999 to 2003.
Since 2004, Frédérique Vidal has been on the jury for the master’s in virology of the Pierre and Marie Curie University, the Paris Diderot University and the Pasteur Institute.
In 2006-2009, she was co-manager of the European Tempus project, responsible for the implementation of its license/master/doctorate program in the Balkans.
In 2013, Frédérique Vidal was made Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor.