Our Team

Each person in our lab makes a significant contribution to our research. We employ a proactive approach to science by constantly asking the question, “What if…?” Meet our current team to learn more about their individual “What if…” focus areas.

Current Team

Principle Investigator

Carla Saleh, Ph.D.

Maria Carla Saleh, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Viruses and RNAi Unit, Department of Virology, Institut Pasteur Paris

What if we redefined innate immunity by better understanding the immune system of infected insects? What if we could selectively control infected insects from transmitting diseases to humans?”

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Post Docs

Juan A. Modotte

Juan A. Mondotte

PostDoctoral Fellow

What if the infected insects were able to protect their offspring from the infection? What if innate immunity could display specific, transgenerational, anti viral memory?”

Vanessa Mongelli

Vanesa Mongelli

PostDoctoral Fellow

What if the innate immune system could impact viral evolution? What if we could remove the insect immunity pathways one by one? What if viral population diversity could be modified by removing some immune pathways?”

Yasutsugu Suzuki

Yasutsugu Suzuki

PostDoctoral Fellow

What if we could find why some mosquitoes transmit viral diseases and some do not? What if very ancient viral insertions in the mosquito genome would play a role in mosquito antiviral immunity? What if we could predict risks for expansion of novel transmission routes of vector-borne diseases?”

Lorena Tome

Lorena Tome

PostDoctoral Fellow

What if we could dissect how the dsRNA molecules enter into a cell? What is we could find a receptor and pathway that could then be manipulated in order to avoid the transmission of viruses from insects to humans (or from insects to plants or animals)?”


Technical Staff

Valerie Dorey

Valerie Dorey

Technician and Lab Manager

What if we could further streamline our experimental protocols to make the lab operate even more efficiently? What if each lab member could do more with their individual research because I was able to provide additional experimental support?”

Hervé Blanc

Hervé Blanc


What if my deep sequencing libraries could be created faster, better and more efficiently in order to give the scientists the data they need to make even more discoveries, conclusions and ‘Aha!’ moments?”


Administrative Staff

Lionel Frangeul

Lionel Frangeul


What if the informatics structure was so strong that our deep sequencing analysis could provide each scientist with solid biological and mathematical data to clarify results and propose new biological models?”

Brigitte Bidault

Brigitte Bidault

Administrative Assistant

What if all administrative distractions like equipment needs, travel arrangements, welcoming of PhD Students and Post-docs, scheduling, planning and budgeting, were taken care of so that the lab members could focus all their energy just on the research and their experiments?”

Lab Alumni

Chloé Baron

former Master2, current Maquettiste infographiste multimédia, Autograf Formation School, Paris, France

Susan Carpenter

visiting Professor on sabbatical from Iowa State University

Irena Chacon

former Master 2, current unknown

Bertsy Goic

former Post Doc, Science Infographics “IlustraConCiencia”

Margot Karlikow

former Master and PhD, current Post Doc at University of Toronto

Pascal Miesen

PhD student Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands

Benjamin Obadia

former Master 2, PhD Graduate Student; current PostDoc, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

Virginia de Oliveira

former Postdoc, current Assistant Professor, Universidad Federal do Tocantins, Brazil

Adrien Paul-Dubois-Taine

former Master1, current Ph.D./MD Program – Liliane Bettencourt School of INSERM

Marine Petit

former PhD, current postdoc

Nidia Andrea Schemmel Jofre

former Master1

Nicolas Vodovar

former Post Doc, current Research Associate, Lariboisière Hospital – INSERM UMR-S 942, Paris, France

Remi Woussen

former L3 (undergraduate)

Last updated: July 2017