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

Principal Investigator

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

Cassandra Koh

Cassandra Koh

PostDoctoral Fellow

What if we could replicate how an insect virus becomes part of the inherited virome of a mosquito? What if insect-specific viruses can be used to prevent the transmission of emerging human viral pathogens?”

Alessandro Torri

Alessandro Torri

PostDoctoral Fellow

What if the invertebrate immune system is not just a defense mechanism but a communication system that allows trans-kingdom crosstalk? What if RNA interference is a key player of this process?”

Jared Nigg

Jared Nigg

PostDoctoral Fellow

What if we could understand why oral infections with some viruses are cleared in insects, while injection with the same viruses causes lethal infections? What if maintenance of epithelial homeostasis plays an antiviral role in insects? What if molecular and physiological events occurring during oral infection prime immune memory and define the outcome of infection?”

Ottavia Romoli

PostDoctoral Fellow

What if we could use bacteria to stimulate mosquito RNA interference immunity against viruses? What if we could engineer the mosquito microbiota to prevent mosquitoes to transmit arboviruses?”

Students

Ines Partouche

Ines Partouche

Master 2 Student

What if interactions between insect-specific viruses and arboviruses in mosquitoes can inhibit the transmission of arboviral diseases?”

Mauro Castello Sanjuan

Erasmus+ Student

What if the interactions between viruses and the insect innate immune system vary during development? What if immune responses triggered at a young age provide antiviral immunity later in life?”

Engineers and Technicians

Annabelle Henrion Lacritick

Annabelle Henrion-Lacritick

Engineer

What if I could help the team to manipulate the world’s number one serial killer, a.k.a. mosquitoes? What if I could help the team to manipulate arboviruses that are dangerous to humans?”

Hervé Blanc

Hervé Blanc

Technician

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?”

Valerie Dorey

Valerie Dorey

Engineer 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?”

Bioinformatics

Administrative Staff

Lionel Frangeul

Lionel Frangeul

Bioinformatician

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?”

Marie Philippe

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?”

Honorary Member

Lab Alumni

Visiting Sabbaticals

Susan Carpenter (United States), Iowa State University

Post-docs

Vanesa Mongelli (Argentina)

Sabrina Johanna Fletcher (Argentina), now Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy

Bryan Arias (USA), now Codex DNA, San Diego, California, USA

Bertsy Goic (Chili), now Scientific Illustrator and Founder of “DrawInScience”

Fernando Merwais (Argentina), now Postdoc Instituto de Biologia Molecular y Celular de Plantas, Valencia, Spain

Virginia de Oliveira (Brazil), now Assistant Professor, Universidad Federal do Tocantins, Brazil

Juan Mondotte (Argentina), now Managing Editor Springer Nature Group and Partner and Chief image analysis scientist

Yasutsugu Suzuki (Japan), now Assistant Professor, Ehime University, Japan

Lorena Tomé-Poderti (Uruguay), now Assistant Professor, Universidad de la República, Uruguay

Nicolas Vodovar (France), now Research Associate, Lariboisière Hospital – INSERM UMR-S 942, Paris, France

Retired

Brigitte Bidault (France)

Ph.D Students

Margot Karlikow (France), now PostDoc at University of Toronto

Pascal Miesen (Germany), now PostDoc at Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Benjamin Obadia (France), now PostDoc, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

Marine Petit (France), now PostDoc at University of California, Davis, USA

Enzo Poirier (France), now PostDoc at Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

M.Sc and Summer Students

Chloé Baron (France)

Christian Bolton (USA)

Irene Chacon (Uruguay)

Sarah Leach (USA)

Petro Leka (Albania)

Tiago Martins (Portugal)

Gaspard Mouton (France)

Adrien Paul-Dubois-Taine (France)

Charlotte Romanet (France)

Nidia Schemmel Jofre (Chili)

Estelle Soueidi (France)

Remi Woussen (France)

Last updated: August 2022