I am mainly interested in host-parasite interactions as a model system to address evolutionary biology questions. I am particularly interested in the evolution of life history traits, local adaptation, the evolution of virulence and resistance/tolerance and in the evolution of reproductive modes. I use an experimental and a theoretical approach to address these questions.
For several years I have been working on the interactions between mosquitoes and their microsporidian parasites.
I am also involved in some other experimental projects:
- The interactions between insecticide resitance and vectorial capacity of mosquitoes
- The interactions between CaMV, a virus parasitizing plants of the Brassicaceae family, and its host plants
- The distribution of reproductive modes of the non-marine ostracod Eucypris virens (SexAsex)
- The interactions between bdelloid rotifers and their pathogens (see Karine van Doninck)
Finally, I maintain interest (and activity) for some evolutionary genetics questions (epistatic interactions, evolution in subdivided populations) which invariably end up being relevant in host-parasite interactions.
Project, PhD and Postdoc proposals
I will post specific projects I propose here (and elsewhere). Motivated people with their own ideas, thinking they should work with me are highly encouraged to contact me directly.
People who would like to do a postdoc with me: I will post here (and elsewhere) an positions I may have available. However, several funding schemes involving the candidature of a specific applicant exist (e.g. Marie-Curie fellowships; Chateaubriand fellowships for North Americans wishing to do a postdoc in France). Interested (and interesting) please contact me directly. Deadlines for these applications are typically towards end of August, early fall...