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ETE : Evolution, Theory and Experiments

The ecology and evolution of host-parasite interaction are indissociable and we study them by adopting both a theoretical approach and an experimental approach.

The main questions we try to address revolve around the evolution of the life-history traits of hosts and their parasites. Our experimental approaches range from characterizing the effect of point mutations to characterizing complex phenotypic effects. We also develop mathematical approaches based on conceptual models or on more applied models to analyse data.

The experimental systems used in the team are microsporidia infecting mosquitoes, bacteriophages, plant viruses (in collaboration with the BGPI department) and artemia (in collaboration with the CEFE department).

The team also analyses clinical and epidemiological data originating from human infectious diseases such as those caused by HIV, dengue, hepatitis C virus and human papillomaviruses (HPV). We are particularly interested in analysing phylogenies originating from virus sequence data.

Finally, the team develops conceptual models to study the dynamics and evolution of infectious diseases. The models are usually based on dynamical systems that capture the epidemiology or the parasite within-host dynamics.

Individual members of the team have been, and still are, involved in a variety of research projects (see the individual pages).

Our publications

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