Gilles Travé obtained a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Toulouse (France). After a post-doctoral work in structural biology at the EMBL-Heidelberg (Germany) he was appointed as a research scientist by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) to work at the Ecole Supérieure de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg (Université de Strasbourg, France). He currently leads a research team dedicated to structure-function studies on the E6 oncoproteins of human papillomaviruses (HPVs). After having struggled many years to solubilize E6 proteins, the team has solved the first structures of E6 proteins, free or in complex with several cellular targets, obtained several informations of E6 protein function, and is currently developing tools to analyze the structural basis of the large cellular interactome of these small viral proteins. Gilles Travé has published several articles dedicated to the analyzis and optimization of recombinant protein quality and he regularly teaches practical courses on this topic, in particular at the University of Bergen (Norway) where he is regularly invited as a visiting professor.