Léa Richard is doing her PhD in Antoine Gessain’s lab, she is currently in third year.
She has studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieuse de Paris and obtained a master degree in Fundamental Virology in university Paris Diderot (2012).
Léa Richard is working on the epidemiology and molecular characterization of SFV and STLV-4, two retroviruses that are zoonotically transmitted to humans. In collaboration with the CIRMF in Gabon and the Centre Pasteur in Cameroon, numerous blood samples from African populations living in close contact with NHPs were collected. Two projects are associated with these samples:
– the analysis of the genetic variability of the envelope gene of zoonotic SFV strains that were found in more than 50 individuals.
– the screening of the same populations for HTLV-4 infection that has recently been shown to have emerged from gorillas.
Moreover, in collaboration with the laboratory of Olivier Schwartz “Virus and Immunity” in Institut Pasteur, Léa Richard is working on the elicitation of the immune system by HIV-1.