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, bacteria and viruses interact between each other.
Currently, I investigate the diversity, function, and evolutionary dynamics of microbial communities in disease vectors such as Culex mosquitoes and Culicoides biting midges. We use 16S amplicon sequencing, metagenomics and advanced binning approaches to better understand intimate host-microbes associations and potentially develop novel vector biocontrol strategies.
Key Words: Wet and dry Lab, Microbiome, Symbiosis, Parasitism, Omics