I am an INRAe research scientist, trained in molecular evolution at the University of Gent in Belgium and in microbial ecology at the MBL in Woods Hole (MA, USA). I am broadly interested in how animals, resident bacteria and viral pathogens interact between each other. Currently, the team investigates the diversity, function, and evolutionary dynamics of microbial communities in disease vectors such as Culex mosquitoes. We use wet lab and in silico approaches including genetics, 16S amplicon sequencing, metagenomics and advanced binning together with metatranscriptomics to better understand intimate host-microbes associations and potentially develop novel vector biocontrol strategies.
Key Words: Wet and dry Lab, Microbiome, Symbiosis, Parasitism, Wolbachia mobilome (plasmid and phages), Omics