Mathilde Gendrin

Mathilde completed her PhD on Drosophila immunity at CNRS (Gif-sur-Yvette, France) and EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) under the supervision of Prof Bruno Lemaitre. She then performed a postdoc in the laboratory of Prof George Christophides at Imperial College (London, UK) on the tripartite interactions between Anopheles mosquitoes, their microbiota and malaria parasites. In 2017, she joined Institut Pasteur to start the Microbiota of Insect Vectors research group at Institut Pasteur de la Guyane.

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Leonardo Ortega-López

Leonardo completed his PhD at University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK) in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology. He focused his research on studying the ecology of Aedes aegypti and arboviral transmission dynamics in Ecuador by conducting field work, molecular studies, and applying statistical modelling. He has joined the team in 2021 to first create different genetic lines of Aedes aegypti and characterize microbiota-mosquito interactions throughout this process.


Javier Serrato-Salas

Javier Serrato-Salas completed his PhD on Aedes aegypti immunity at CISEI-INSP (Cuernavaca, México) under the supervision of Professor Humberto Lanz-Mendoza in 2018. The same year he started a postdoc in the laboratory of Judith Gonzalez-Christen at the Pharmacy Faculty of Morelos State University (UAEM, México) on macrophage and DENV infection. At the end of 2020, he joined the Microbiota of Insect Vectors group to study the role of vitamins in vector development.


Estelle Chabanol

Estelle graduated in 2016 from Polytech Clermont-Ferrand, a French bioengineering school, and then worked in Research and Development. She joined the team in September 2019 as a PhD student to study the effects of different bacterial cohorts on the malaria vector Anopheles darlingi and their influence on infection with Plasmodium falciparum.


Yanouk Épelboin

Yanouk completed his PhD in 2015 on the effects of pesticides on marine bivalves at Ifremer (Brest, France). After a postdoc position at Institut Pasteur de la Guyane on insecticide resistance in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, Yanouk joined the team as a research engineer in 2021 to coordinate our field missions and lab experiments on mosquito microbiota.


Rachel Ajenoe


Pol Figueras Ivern

Pol is a second year student of the Master’s Programme in Infection Biology from Uppsala University in Sweden. He joined the team in November 2020 to perform his master’s degree project to study the role of vitamins B produced by the microbiome in larval development and their impact on the fitness of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.



2017-2020, Katy Heu, Research Engineer

2018-2019, Johan Claes Schönbeck, Technician

2017, Verena Kircher, Technician

2018, Charles Bobin, M.Sc student, Université de Lille, France

2020, Chloé Gapp, M.Sc student, Université de Lorraine, France

2020, Stanislas Talaga, Research Engineer

2018-2021, Ottavia Romoli, Postdoc