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I have a joint MSc degree in Mathematical Modelling from three European universities: University of L’Aquila (Italy), University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France) and Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). I also hold a PhD degree in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing from University of Bordeaux, France. I have done my PhD and one year of post-doc at INRIA Bordeaux Sud-Ouest, and partially at IHU-Liryc. During this time I studied how electrical signals propagate through the cardiac tissue under certain diseased conditions. My model of interest was the bidomain model, which is a system of partial differential equations that takes into account physiological properties of the cardiac cells and the spatial organization of the cardiac tissue. I worked on the mathematical multiscale analysis and numerical simulations of the problem to understand how structural changes of the tissue affect the propagation of the signal on the heart level. I collaborated with biologists and engineers of the IHU-Liryc to apply my model on a rat heart using high-resolution MRI data. For this I also worked on image analysis and image processing. I’ve joined the Institute Pasteur in February 2018 as a member of the HUB in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics. Currently I am working on stochastic mathematical modeling and inference for systems biology, gene expression, RNA transcription, etc.

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Pasteur MLST: Institut Pasteur genomic taxonomy database of microbial strains

- The Institut Pasteur genomic taxonomy database of microbial strains (“Pasteur MLST”) is a free, publicly-accessible resource that hosts nucleotide sequence-based definitions of microbial strains, along with information on bacterial isolates (provenance data) and their genomic sequences. The Pasteur MLST database provides universal nomenclatures that are largely adopted for important pathogens (Klebsiella, Listeria, …), and represent a unifying language on strains for microbial population biology. - Unified strain taxonomies facilitate the coordinated international surveillance of bacterial pathogens. Several hundred research laboratories and public health agencies worldwide have deposited novel strain types, sequences and provenance data on their bacterial isolates. - Pasteur MLST is powered by the Open source GPL3 BIGSdb web application developed at Oxford University (Keith Jolley & Martin Maiden). ( ). Its evolution in terms of functionality is tightly linked to the developments of the software at Oxford U. Its evolution in terms of contents is managed by dedicated international teams of curators for each bacterial pathogenic species, coordinated by the PasteurMLST team. - The genomic taxonomies hosted at Pasteur MLST represent unique, authoritative resources that are highly valued by the community, as testified by the routine use of Pasteur MLST strain tags (e.g., K. pneumoniae ST258) in the scientific literature. Several labs (National Reference Centers or Units) of Institut Pasteur are coordinating the curation of genomic taxonomies (Klebsiella, Listeria, Corynebacteria, Bordetella, Leptospira, Yersinia, ...). The aim of the project is to obtain support from the C3BI HUB for the maintenance of the BIGSdb instance at Pasteur: deployment, upgrades, installation of API functionality developed by our partner, coping with future IT evolutions, ...

Project status : In Progress

Comparative analysis of the virulence plasmids of Shigella Spp. and entero-invasive Escherichia coli

Context. Bacteria of the genus Shigella and strains of entero-invasive Escherichia coli (EIEC) are responsible of bacillary dysentery (shigellosis) in humans. Although (very) closely related to E. coli, the genus Shigella is divided in four "species": S. boydii, S. dysenteriae, S. flexneri and S. sonnei. Most virulence determinants enabling these bacteria to enter into and disseminate within epithelial cells are encoded by a 200-kb virulence plasmid (VP). The first complete sequence of a VP (pWR100 from a S. flexneri strain of serotype 5a) was determined by our laboratory in 2000. The VP contains genes of different origins, as attested by their G+C content ranging from 30 to 60%, traces of four plasmids and a large numbers of various insertions sequences (IS) representing 30-40% of the total sequence (Buchrieser et al., 2000). In addition to IS sequences, the VP carries members of several multigene families (exhibiting over 90% identity). Such repeated sequences are potentially prone to recombination (allelic exchange, gene conversion) and deletion. Based on the analysis of three genes carried by the VP, it has been proposed that, depending of the species / phylogenetic group, there are two forms of the VP (pInvA & pInvB) that were acquired independently in different original E. coli strains. General questions. What are the architectures of the VP from different phylogenetic groups and how different are pInvA and pInvB ? Which genes are conserved in all VP and which genes are unique to some VP ? Did recombinations occur and, if so, where and when ? To answer these questions, a comparative analysis of the genetic organization and gene conservation among the VP from different phylogenetic groups of Shigella/EIEC has been undertaken using the available complete (or presented as such) sequences of 15 VP, including three members for each of five phylogenetic groups (S. boydii, S. dysenteriae 1, S. flexneri, S. sonnei and EIEC).

Project status : Closed

Genomic analysis of catheter-related Escherichia coli infection

Project status : Closed

Relationships between ESBL-producing Escherichia coli from food and healthy mothers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Extended spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) genes encode resistance to penicillins and cephalosporins and can be horizontally transferred among Enterobacteriaceae. More than 60% of healthy humans living in southeast Asia are faecal carriers of ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE), compared to <10% in Western Europe, suggesting diverse exposure routes. In Cambodia, meat and fish consumption is high and food safety is poorly enforced. Thus, we hypothesized that meat and fish could be a source of exposure to ESBL-PE. From Sept-Nov 2016, we conducted a meat sampling study in Phnom Penh in collaboration with the BIRDY program (, an ongoing study of neonatal health in low-income countries. We evaluated ESBL-PE contamination among pork, fish, and chicken from two markets and collected survey data from BIRDY mothers. We performed whole genome sequencing on 87 ESBL-producing E. coli recovered from meat and fish and from 91 BIRDY mothers who provided faecal swabs less than one year prior. Now, we will conduct a two-step exploratory analysis of these WGS data:

  • First, we will estimate the pairwise evolutionary distance between E. coli isolates, in order to infer a phylogenetic tree. We will use this tree to investigate such epidemiological questions as “Do E. coli sequences from women who reported eating poultry 3+ times/week cluster more closely with E. coli recovered from poultry samples, compared to women who reported never eating poultry?” This phylogenetic tree may be re-constructed using a finer resolution, as needed.
  • Second, we will annotate all E. coli genomes in order to identify genomic islands related to antibiotic resistance. We will subsequently use logistic regression to model associations between BIRDY mothers’ reported dietary patterns (i.e. exposure) and the presence or absence of these genomic islands among the ESBL-E. coli they were colonized with (i.e., outcome).

Project status : Closed

Neonatal acquisition of ESBL-PE in the community of a Low-Income Country

Severe bacterial infections are a leading cause of neonatal deaths, with low income countries (LICs) bearing the highest burden. In LICs, neonatal bacterial infections are mainly caused by Enterobacteriaceae. One important driver of unfavorable outcome in infections caused by these bacteria is multidrug resistance. Of particular concern, extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE) are resistant to most penicillins and especially cephalosporins (3rd-4th generation). Enterobacteriaceae are known to colonize the digestive tract, which represents the first step for potential neonatal infections. The newborn is exposed at birth and during the first weeks of life to several possible sources of ESBL-PE acquisition, e.g. maternal, health-care facilities, and outside hospitals: parents, others relatives, food and environment. However, the routes of ESBL-PE acquisition in neonates are not well defined. Also, local environments and practices influence strongly the interactions of the infant with its environment. However, practices contributing to the transmission of ESBL-PE to neonates are not well characterized in LICs. The objectives of the project are: a better knowledge of the role of different routes of ESBL-PE transmissions to newborns in the community, and more specifically within a household, to understand local environments and practices that facilitate ESBL-PE transmission in Madagascar In Madagascar, 60 newborns and members of their households will be follow-up for one month. ESBL-PE will be characterized with last generation DNA sequencing methods. To integrate all these data globally, we will develop novel sophisticated analytical approaches combining mathematical modeling and statistics. Also, in-depth interviews will be conducted and mother-newborn pairs will be followed with a participants-observations methodology. Our study aims at identifying and quantifying the role of the different routes of transmission for newborns in the community. With a multidisciplinary approach, it should allow identifying the most acceptable interventions for local population to prevent ESBL-PE acquisition in newborns in Madagascar, where the burden of neonatal infection is huge. Partner : Institut Pasteur in Madagascar

Project status : Pending