My recent work focuses on the genetic and functional dissection of complex traits using the mouse genetic toolbox. After developing a collection of interspecific congenic strains which were instrumental in exploring the genetic control of skull shape, I am now taking advantage of the genetic diversity of the Collaborative Cross which was imported at the Institut Pasteur when I was the director of the animal facilities. My team uses this cutting-edge genetic resource to investigate the role of host genes in the susceptibility to infectious diseases. I am also involved in teaching, being co-director of the Institut Pasteur Mouse Genetics course since 1995.
Mouse Genetics Course
This five-week intensive laboratory and lecture course covers the analysis of gene function at all levels: the gene and its product, the cell and its interactions, the embryonic tissues and the entire animal. […]
300 to 400 million cases of dengue fever occur each year worldwide. Spreading rapidly, more than 40% of the world’s population is now at risk of contracting dengue This transversal program brings together talents […]
LabEx IBEID – Integrative Biology of Emerging Infectious Diseases
Presentation The aim of the Integrative Biology of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IBEID) project, coordinated by Professors Philippe Sansonetti and Pascale Cossart, is to develop a structure to anticipate and tackle emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). […]
Mouse models for Covid-19
Mice are not naturally susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 due to poor binding of the virus spike to the mouse cellular receptor ACE2. We have developed a mouse-adapted strain of SARS-CoV-2 which efficiently replicates in the […]
Collaborative Cross initiatives
Although mouse models have been invaluable to study human diseases, classical mouse laboratory strains (figure, left panel, colored dots) present much smaller genetic diversity than the human population, limiting the range of phenotypic variations […]
Host genetic susceptibility to Salmonelloses
Salmonella enterica infections in humans are responsible for three major clinical syndromes, typhoid fever caused by host-specific Salmonella, a diarrheal disease known as salmonellosis caused by several non-typhoidal Salmonella (NTS) and invasive NTS (iNTS) […]
Host genetic susceptibility to Zika virus
Zika virus is an arbovirus responsible for recent epidemics in Polynesia and in the Americas. Clinical descriptions range from mild flu-like syndromes to rare but severe neurological complications such as Guillain-Barré syndrome and encephalitis […]
Pasteur International Center for Research on Emerging Infectious Diseases
We established an Emerging Infectious Disease Research Center in Southeast Asia and West/Central Africa with an inter-continental one-health approach designed to improve the capacity to respond rapidly and effectively to outbreaks. We built on […]
Pathogenicity and resistance to Rift Valley Fever virus.
Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a an arthropod-borne emerging viral disease that primarily affects domesticated animals (such as cattle, sheep and goats) and humans, with recent outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, and the Arabian […]
Since 2017: Head of the Mouse Genetics Laboratory, Institut Pasteur
Since 2005: Research Director, Institut Pasteur.
2004-2017: Researcher in the Mouse functional Genetics Unit (head: J.-J. Panthier)
2004: Habilitation in Genetics, University Pierre & Marie Curie – Paris, France
2003: Diplomate of the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
2000-2018: Head of the Central Animal Facilities, Institut Pasteur
Since 1995: Co-director of the annual course in Mouse Genetics, Institut Pasteur.
1995: PhD in Genetics, University Pierre & Marie Curie – Paris, France
1994-1995: Visiting scientist at The Jackson Laboratory (Maine, USA)
1987-2004: Fellow of the Roux Foundation (1987-1989), Research Assistant (1990-1993) and Junior Researcher (CR, 1994-2004), Mammalian Genetics Unit (head: J.-L. Guénet), Institut Pasteur
1986: DVM, Alfort Veterinary School and Créteil Medical University
1984–1986: Teaching assistant in microbiology and immunology at the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort
2021A live measles-vectored COVID-19 vaccine induces strong immunity and protection from SARS-CoV-2 challenge in mice and hamsters, Nat Commun . 2021 Nov 1;12(1):6277.
2021Host genetic control of natural killer cell diversity revealed in the Collaborative Cross., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2021 03; 118(10): .
2021Recent African strains of Zika virus display higher transmissibility and fetal pathogenicity than Asian strains., Nat Commun 2021 02; 12(1): 916.
2021The ring finger protein 213 gene (Rnf213) contributes to Rift Valley fever resistance in mice., Mamm Genome 2021 02; 32(1): 30-37.
2020Host genetic susceptibility to viral infections: the role of type I interferon induction., Genes Immun 2020 12; 21(6-8): 365-379.
2020Enhanced Zika virus susceptibility of globally invasive Aedes aegypti populations., Science 2020 11; 370(6519): 991-996.
2020Animal and translational models of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19., Mucosal Immunol 2020 Aug; (): .
2020NSs amyloid formation is associated with the virulence of Rift Valley fever virus in mice., Nat Commun 2020 07; 11(1): 3281.
2020Genetic dissection of Rift Valley fever pathogenesis: Rvfs2 locus on mouse chromosome 11 enables survival to early-onset hepatitis., Sci Rep 2020 May; 10(1): 8734.
202033rd international mammalian genome conference: meeting highlights., Mamm. Genome 2020 04; 31(3-4): 69-76.
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