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The « Host-Pathogen-Environment Interactions » laboratory is a research unit that depends on four institutions:
(i) the University of Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD),
(ii) the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS / institute INEE)
(iii) the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) and
(iv) the University of Montpellier (UM)
Currently, the permanent staff is composed of 21 researchers and 13 engineers/technicians while the non-permanent staff is composed of 18 doctoral and post-doctoral fellows. The lab is organized in three research groups and hosts research facilities located on two sites of the Perpignan and Montpellier University campus.
The lab is part of the labex (LABoratory of EXcellence, french label) « Mediteranean Center for Environment and Biodiversity » (CeMEB)
Our research groups are interested in different interactions involving invertebrate species of interest in (i) medical or veterinary research (gastropod molluscs), (ii) aquaculture (bivalve molluscs) and (iii) ecology (corals).
The laboratory is WHO collaborating center for its expertise on host/schistosomes interactions (FRA-69).
We develop integrative approaches that take into account environmental parameters influencing these interactions and this at different scales, from the finest molecular mechanisms to populations and evolutionary levels. The research we develop currently is at the interface between functional biology and population biology, ecology and evolution. To achieve our ambitious goals, we recruited over the last decade talented researchers with multiple and complementary skills ranging from environmental genomics (« omics « approaches) to bioinformatics, ecology and epigenetics. We also benefit from important technical resources housed by our Universities. As an example, we can mention the tecnoviv platform whose activity is dedicated to the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data. These technological, human and experimental facilities make possible (i) the analysis of large (meta)genomic and transcriptomic data sets from hosts, associated microorganisms and pathogens, and (ii) the development of comprehensive and exhaustive studies of these interactions in experiments developed in controlled conditions and in natural populations.
The laboratory has organized the AMP2016 symposium in June, 2016