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Pathobiome 2018

Muriel Vayssier

Head of Animal Health Division of INRA

INRA, Tours, France

Muriel is the head of Animal Health Division of INRA, which is with 18 research unit and 3 experimental units and over 1000 staff a community dedicated to research on animal health and veterinary public health. Her own research interest is on zoonotic tick borne pathogen transmission. Recent applications of new technologies revealed the complexity of microbes colonizing ticks. Her research thus moved through appreciation of this complex system to expand our understanding of tick-borne pathogens, leading to evolve a more integrated view that embraces the tick “pathobiome”; the pathogenic agent integrated within its abiotic and biotic environments. She coordinates an ANR grant on this topic which brings together physicians, veterinarians, researchers, gathered to better understand tick borne-diseases and to better fight them. She is the author of more than 80 scientific articles and is very involved in the popularisation of science and writing articles for the French or international general press.