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STLO Research Unit

Leader of Dairy Platform


Gilles Garric
Scientific Leader of Dairy Platform


Trained as a dairy technologist, I joined the STLO research unit in November 2013 after more than 20 years spent leading an agri-food technical centre dedicated to training, applied research and technology transfer. During these years in contact with economic stakeholders of the dairy sector, I provided comprehensive responses to multiple demands, integrating technical, organisational and cognitive aspects.

I wanted to join INRA to deepen my multidisciplinary vision of knowledge about milk in physical chemistry, microbiology and process engineering and thus become a source of ideas for creating new development models by rethinking the relations between products and processes.

Within STLO, I have two main missions: the first, in research, is to separate the major phases of milk production to optimise them and then assemble their elements to construct functionalised food products. The second allows me to work for the collective by providing, along with my colleagues, an operational platform which can respond precisely to a variety of requests from internal and external stakeholders and eventually be capable of performing its own research.

Thus, the main concern of my work consists of interweaving theory and practice intimately: I try to integrate into practice new knowledge acquired in theory, and I question theory to explain practice.

The Holy Grail for me would be to design, for a given population, the “ideal” dairy product: nutritional, eco-designed, ethical…and delicious! !

This work requires constant deepening of knowledge, reconsideration of established facts and considerable teamwork to gain understanding of the mechanisms involved.