Welcome

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I am an evolutionary biologist working with genomes. I try to make biological sense of genomic singularities observed through comparative genomics. I have a special focus on host-parasite interactions and I use bioinformatics as a tool to perform this research.

My main topics of interest are:

  • The impact of non tree-like evolution such as horizontal gene transfers and hybridization on species biology
  • Evolution and adaptation of animals in the absence of sexual reproduction and the underlying mechanisms
  • Genomic signatures of adaptation to a parasitic life-style

I am an INRA (French National Institute for Agronomic Research) senior scientist and I perform my research at Institut Sophia Agrobiotech, in Sophia-Antipolis, in the French Riviera. Institut Sophia Agrobiotech is a joint laboratory combining staff and facilities fromĀ  INRA, the University of Nice – Sophia Antipolis and the CNRS. I work in the team “plants-nematodes interactions” and I mainly study the emergence and evolution of plant parasitism in nematodes. I am also the scientific director of the bioinformatics and genomics platform of our institute where I give scientific direction to the developments and research.