Born in Rome (Italy) 05/09/1969
Head of Unit “Evolutionary Biology of the Microbial Cell”
Department of Microbiology, Institut Pasteur
Education and Training
2009 Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches (University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France)
2001 PhD in Phylogenetics (University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy)
1992 Laurea (B.A. Hon) in Biology (University of Catania, Italy)
2018 Head of Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris
2013 Full Professor, Institut Pasteur, Paris
2005 Assistant Professor, Institut Pasteur, Paris
2004-2005 Assistant Lecturer, University Paris VI, Paris
2003-2004 Post-doctoral fellow (Roux fellowship) Institut Pasteur, Paris
2002-2003 Post-doctoral fellow, University of Paris Sud, Orsay
2001-2002 Post-doctoral fellow, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
1995-1996 Visiting Scientist, Central Public Health Laboratory, London
Supervision of research
Since 2009 : 7 PhD students, 6 Post-Docs, 5 Master Students
National: Initiation to molecular phylogeny and phylogenomics (Masters and PhD): University Paris 6, University Paris 7, Ecole Nationale Superieure, Microbiology course of the Institut Pasteur Paris.
International: Pasteur International Network (Casablanca, Dakar, Antananarive, Yaoundé, Ouagadougou, Abidjan). Advanced Phylogenomics (theory and practicals), La Reunion (Programme RUN-Emerge), EMBO course on comparative genomics (Hong-Kong)
Awards & Distinctions
2016: Prix Pasteur-Vallery Radot
2016: Prix Fondation pour la Recherche iXcore
Administrative responsabilities & expertise
Evaluation of Research:
President and Vice-President of ANR GMGE panel (French National Research Agency) (2010-2013)
Reviewer for national and international funding agencies (ANR, ERC Consolidator and Advanced, Austrian Science Fund, Czech Science Foundation, NERC UK, Canada Excellence Chairs)
Associate Editor at:
Nature Scientific Reports, Genome Biology and Evolution, BMC Evolutionary Biology
Main Recent Funding
-2017-2020 PTR-IP-Paris/Network. OMNEGA: A multidisciplinary investigation of the Negativicutes: atypical Firmicutes with LPS-outer membranes that inhabit the human gut. Principal Investigator.
-2017-2020 Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)- FIR-OM: Firmicutes with an outer membrane: toward new models to study the monoderm/diderm transition. Principal Investigator.
-2017-2021 Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)- Arch-Evol: Phylogenomics approaches to study the origin and evolution of the Archaea. Co-PI.
-2012-2017 ANR Investissements d’Avenir-ANCESTROME consortium. Integrative phylogenetic approaches for reconstructing ancestral “-omes” (5 partners). Co-PI of WP 5.
-2007-2011 ANR Young Researcher Award- PhyloCyano: Origin and evolution of Cyanobacteria, oxygenic photosynthesis, and plastids: a combined approach based on phylogenomics and molecular techniques. Principal Investigator.
Selected Conferences 2012-2018
6th International Conference Molecular Biology of Archaea (Vienna, Austria) (Scientific Committee and Invited Speaker)
ASM Microbe 2018 (Atlanta, USA) (Symposium Moderator and Invited Speaker “What’s new in the Tree of Life?”)
Franco-Australian School and Workshop on Exobiology, Canberra, Australia (Invited Speaker)
Meeting in honor of Lynn Margulis (Colegio National, Mexico City, Mexico) (Invited Speaker)
Gordon Conference Archaea (Waterwille, US) (Invited Speaker)
ASM Microbe 2016 (Boston, USA) (Symposium Convener “Growing the Tree of Life”)
5th International Conference Molecular Biology of Archaea (London, UK) (Scientific Committee and Invited Speaker)
Meeting “Major Transitions in Evolution” (Mexico City, Mexico) (Invited Speaker)
Colloquium “Looking in the Right Direction: Carl Woese and the New Biology” (Urbana-Champaign, USA) (Invited Speaker)
Society for Molecular Evolution (SMBE) Annual Meeting (Vienna, Austria) (Symposium Organizer “The Golden Age of Archaea”)
4th International Conference Molecular Biology of Archaea (Institut Pasteur Paris) (Organizer)
Gordon Conference Archaea (Lucca, Italy) (Invited Speaker)
International colloquium “Origin of sex and modern eukaryotes” (Fondation Des Treilles,France) (Organizer and Speaker)
Microbial Systematics for the Next Decade Workshop (Portland, USA) (Invited Speaker)
7th Annual ELSI International Symposium (Tokyo, Japan) (Invited Speaker)
Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) Annual Meeting (Zurich, Switzerland) (Invited Speaker)
NeLLi 2019 Symposium, “From New Lineages of Life To New Functions” (San Francisco, USA) (Invited Speaker)
Co-chair and chair of Gordon Research Conference Archaea
74 publications, including 4 theoretical essays, 7 reviews, 4 book chapters, one editorial and one research highlight. 5 publications for the large audience (4 articles and one book). H Factor 38.